FORMER Brewers player Shaun Barker was on hand when Burton Albion opened up a sensory room at the Checkatrade Trophy game against Middlesbrough.
The defender’s charity, The Shaun Barker Foundation, was behind the project to bring sensory equipment to the Pirelli Stadium to enable children with autism to experience live matches from a secure area with a window onto the pitch.
The equipment, which provides lights and a comforting sensory experience to provide an escape from the potentially overwhelming noise of a football crowd, has the benefit of being portable. It can therefore be used on non-matchdays as well by the club’s charity Burton Albion Community Trust.
BACT’s Head of Community Matt Hancock said: “The sensory room is an important part of the plan to make the Pirelli Stadium a welcoming place for all.
“We used the equipment for the first team last season and we are delighted to be able to offer this facility at selected games again this year.
“I know that all the families that have so far used the sensory room have been delighted with the facilities.”
Shaun Barker said: “This is something that I have long been passionate about and I’m delighted that we are able to offer this opportunity to families at Burton Albion.
“The Sensory Room makes a matchday experience accessible for youngsters who might otherwise miss out and I want to thank Burton Albion Community Trust and Burton Albion for helping make it happen.”
To find out more about the sensory room contact matt Hancock firstname.lastname@example.org