The Sensory Room | A Guided Tour

Take a guided tour of the the brand new Sensory Room at Vicarage Road with the watfordfc.com cameras and Supporter Liaison Officer Dave Messenger 

Watford FC is delighted to announce the opening of a new Sensory Room, which will enable children on the autism spectrum to enjoy matchdays in a calm environment.

Watford are proud to be the first club in the south of England to open a Sensory Room, which will also be the largest of its kind and only the third permanent facility in the country.

As a club with a proud family tradition, the pioneering opening of the room is set to have a big impact on children who struggle to cope with big crowds and noise levels at the stadium.

The room, which was constructed in the summer and originally earmarked for additional hospitality space, has been converted during recent weeks.

Sensory equipment funded by the Premier League Charitable Fund in association with the Lord’s Taverners, The Shippey Campaign and BT Sport has also been installed.

Local specialised schools, who have been involved in the design phase of the project, will be invited to attend coming matches and it is hoped that demand from Watford fans who are currently unable to bring children as a result of their needs will also be able to benefit.

The room features a comfortably furnished viewing area, with an excellent view of the action and a state-of-the-art calming area featuring a bubble tube, fibre-optic carpet, soft seating, wall projectors, a glitter-ball with a colour wheel and a Bluetooth speaker system so that visitors to the room can choose their own music if the game becomes too distressing for their child.

Calming area in the Sensory Room

The room is managed by fully-trained staff with a background in working with children on the autism spectrum and is accessible from Vicarage Road.

Theo Canter, the six-year-old son of Upper Graham Taylor Stand season ticket holder Andrew, has so far been unable to enjoy matches with his Dad and older sister Ruby. Theo and his family became the first Watford fans to use the room at the recent match against Everton and thoroughly enjoyed their day.

“We are so delighted that the Watford FC Sensory Room is now a reality” said Andrew.

“We have been incredibly impressed by the Club's receptiveness and dedication in ensuring these facilities have been made available. The Sensory Room will make a huge difference to Theo and we look forward to coming along to more matches.”

Tickets for the Sensory Room will be available for all matches for the rest of the 2016/17 season. Fans who are interested in trying the room should contact Dave Messenger, the club’s Supporter Liaison Officer, in the first instance (dave.messenger@watfordfc.com).

Places will be subject to availability and a letter from a doctor/consultant or other healthcare professional may be required when booking. Parents will also have the option to visit the room before matchday, if they wish to check its suitability.

Pitch view from the sensory room
First Team 07/01/2017

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