Wrexham v AFC Fylde on Tuesday, 7th August 2018 marked the beginning of the Racecourse becoming an Autism Friendly Stadium for every home game this season.
Wrexham AFC, through our Disablity Liason Officer, Kerry Evans, has worked very closely with Kerry Roberts, the branch officer at Wrexham National Autistic Society and a 'Walk About' session took place on Wednesday, 1st August where the stadium was open for autistic fans during a quiet time, showing them the reserved seating area with close by toilet facilities.
As repetition is of great importance, they were also shown the route they will take to enter and exit the stadium take each game they attend.
They will be arriving early while the stadium is much quieter. At the end of the game they are also welcome to stay seated until the stadium has cleared of fans before they exit.
We are providing a quiet area away from the crowd for parents/carers to utilise if they so wish during the match itself. We have also purchased ear defenders to help cut down the noise level of the crowd.
We also pleased to offer a seat based food/drink order service where we will deliver directly to their seats rather than having to enter a busy and noisy concourse.
Wrexham AFC steward Amy Davies has been allocated this area on a permanent basis to become familiar face to the autistic fans.
Kerry Roberts will soon be speaking to all staff and volunteers to give them a better insight into what autistic people go through on a daily basis and how important repetition is to their daily routine.
National Autistic Society representative Sarah Morgan came from Cardiff on Friday to look around the stadium to see our proposal first hand who said Wrexham Football Club have gone above and beyond what the Autistic Society would consider necessary to making this a sucess.
So all is needed now is to get the word out to everyone that autistic football fans are made very welcome to our club.
If you missed the last quiet walkabout but are interested in attending another one then please get in touch with Kerry Evans, Disability Liaison Officer at Wrexham AFC on email : [email protected]fc.wst.org.uk