Wasps are the first top-tier rugby club to launch a pitch-facing sensory room for people with disabilities.
Thanks to the incredible generosity of the Wasps Legends Charitable Foundation, there is now a facility that will allow many families to access Wasps matches in a safe and accessible space. The Wasps Legends Charitable Foundation, working with Alpha Solutions, provided the funding to allow the specialist equipment to be purchased. The club’s community team have converted two hospitality boxes at the Ricoh Arena into a quiet viewing room and a separate sensory space, where adults and children with autism and other disabilities can watch the action whilst being shielded from loud noise and bright lights.
The sensory room is split into two areas. There is a viewing room where people can sit on bean bags, chairs or high stools to watch the action, and if feeling overwhelmed, there is an adjacent space with calming sensory equipment such as bubble tubes and fibre optic lights.
The idea came about after Wasps fan Neil Boon was inspired by the efforts of the Shippey Campaign, which is a project encouraging the use of viewing sensory rooms within stadiums.
Tickets for the room can be purchased by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org marked ‘FAO: Jordan Young’ or by calling 02476 786395.
Depending on demand for the facility, a rota will be established amongst registered supporters to ensure that it is made available to as many fans as possible.