Sunderland's sensory room for autistic fans lauded as ‘absolutely incredible’

Premier League club’s innovation for autistic fans lauded as ‘absolutely incredible’

04/02/2016 at 09:32Updated 04/02/2016 at 10:55

Sunderland’s sensory room, built for fans on the autism spectrum, has been described as “absolutely incredible”.

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”.

“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.