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WIGAN ATHLETIC BACKING SCHEME TO MAKE MATCH DAY EXPERIENCES MORE AUTISM FRIENDLY

15 April 2019

Latics will be offering fans the chance to borrow ear defenders while The Blue Room is an area for the club's junior disabled supporters.

  • Latics working with Wigan Council to create autism-friendly stadiums.
  • Club offering supporters the chance to borrow ear defenders for games.
  • Wigan Borough aiming to become one of first autism-friendly authorities.

Wigan Athletic, along with Wigan Warriors and Leigh Centurions, have backed an Autism Friends scheme to improve the match day experience for supporters with autism.

Working with Wigan Council to create autism-friendly stadiums, Latics will be offering fans the chance to borrow ear defenders and all head stewards have undertaken autism friends training, while supporters will be able to enter the stadium using the side entrance as opposed to turnstiles.

Tom Flower, Head of Community at Wigan Athletic, said: "Wigan Athletic Football Club works hard to be as inclusive as possible and are delighted to be involved in Autism Friends in partnership with Wigan Council.

"Ear defenders and the Blue Room for the club’s junior disabled supporters are just some of the services available to Latics fans on match days at the DW Stadium, and we encourage any supporters or family members with autism to come forward with suggestions on how we can build on our offer.”

This approach underlines the borough's ambition to become one of the first autism friendly authorities in the UK, and a new website is launching with useful information for people with autism, friends, family, carers and professionals.

James Winterbottom, Director of Children’s Services at Wigan Council, said: "This is a fantastic initiative and I hope it will offer more families in the borough the chance to attend matches and support their favourite teams.

"We have achieved some very positive changes in our ambition to become an autism friendly borough and although we know that we still have lots to do, this is a brilliant step in the right direction."

For information about Wigan Athletic’s offering to supporters with autism, please call 01942 318090 or email community@wiganathletic.com

Wigan Athletic Football Club, Wigan Athletic Community Trust and the DW Stadium are committed to respecting and promoting equality and diversity across all its activities through Together.

Click here for more information about Together.


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