Airdrieonians to become first Scottish football club to have a sensory room

Scottish First Division side Airdrieonians has become the first club in the country to have a sensory room at home games, allowing children with conditions such as autism to attend matches in comfort.

The Diamond Sensory Room will be officially launched at Airdrie’s match with Livingston on February 18. 

The sensory room is the brainchild of the club’s commercial manager Dougy Allsop and Youth Academy coach Stevie Burr. Stevie has a son with autism and approached Dougy to see if anything could be done and, just a few weeks later, with the help of the Supporters’ Trust and other fans, the room will open.

“The club have worked with the Trust and the stadium owners on several projects to make football in the town more accessible for everyone,” said Allsop. “Sammy’s Shelter, which opened a couple of years ago for wheelchair users is probably the most high profile example of this to date.

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15th February 2017
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