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