Watford FC hosted an Autism Fun Day for the first time on Friday (November 1), with many families of autistic children and adults having an amazing time at Vicarage Road.

All who attended experienced the Sensory Room at the stadium before checking out the dressing rooms, tunnel and other behind-the-scenes areas and stopping for a photo with the one and only Harry the Hornet!

One special moment occurred when a little boy, who had never been to a football ground before, walked into the Sensory Room overlooking the pitch, stopped and simply said ‘wow’.

An Autism Reality Experience Bus was also brought to the club by Training 2 Care, and parents, carers and club staff spent time in the bus experiencing what it was like to go through a sensory overload.
Anna Kennedy OBE, Founder of UK Autism Charity Anna Kennedy Online, and her Charity Champion Jo Wiggins Annand, have received fantastic responses from families who said they could just be themselves, were not judged and were treated like VIPs.
The charity said they cannot thank the club enough and that Dave Messenger, the club’s Supporter Liaison & Disability Access Officer, had been incredibly helpful.
Messenger said: “We were thrilled to welcome the families, as well as the team from Anna Kennedy Online, to the Sensory Room. It was our pleasure to host and we look forward to further collaboration with this fantastic charity to help increase awareness of autism.”

You can visit www.annakennedyonline.com and register to keep updated with a charity newsletter and information on further events. The charity hope to share another Fun Day in April.

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