The room was built after eight-year-old Nathan Shippey’s parents, Peter and Kate, petitioned the club about providing a space for autistic fans to be able to watch their heroes from a safe, sound-proof and suitable environment.
Previously, Nathan was unable to cheer on his favourite team because the noise of the crowds in the stadium was too much for him to handle – but now, according to his mum, “everything has changed”.
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“It’s absolutely incredible,” Kate Shippey told BBC Breakfast in their special report on what has been named the ‘Nathan Shippey Sensory Room’.
“It’s opened up a whole new world for him – it’s emotional, really. It’s amazing to see.”
The family now hopes to inspire other English clubs to follow Sunderland's lead.
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