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.
Up to four people and their parents or carers can now watch Wasps home matches for free during the 2018/19 season.
Book a space in the sensory room for one of Wasps’ upcoming home matches
Call 02476 786395