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Leicester City Football Club legend Matt Elliott surprises Autism East Midlands Adult Services and Students on a virtual call as part of the Club’s support for #AutismAwarenessWeek.
Matt, who captained City to victory in the 2000 League Cup Final at Wembley, met with some of our Adult Services and students at Sutherland House School. Matt took the time to talk about his footballing journey, while answering questions about his career in a Foxes shirt as well as his thoughts on the current campaign.
The call was also an opportunity to check in on those supported by Autism East Midlands to see how they’ve been coping during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Matt said: “It was great to chat to everyone and to be able to answer some of their questions and make them laugh! Their passion and enthusiasm for LCFC really came across and it was lovely to meet them all and to get to know them a little bit. 

“The Club are doing an enormous amount of work in this area, so celebrating campaigns such as Autism Awareness Week will really help to better people’s understanding of autism and raise awareness of some of the challenges autistic people can face.”

Dave, who accesses our Beechwood Service, said: “I really enjoyed talking to Matt. He was very friendly, and it was amazing hearing about some of his stories and the experiences he had as a football player.

“I love anything to do with Leicester City, so this call has really put a smile on my face and made me very happy.”