Dover Step Up Their Inclusion Efforts With Sensory Room

Dover Athletic say creating a Sensory Room at their stadium is a much needed step for the club and their community.

The Vanarama National League South Whites are commitment to equality and inclusivity and the latest step will provide quiet, safe space to unwind in a calm environment at Crabble.

The club’s Community Trust have worked in partnership with the Dover, Deal and Shepway branch of the National Autistic Society and hope it boosts the matchday experience for those who need it.

The club will officially open the room prior to our home game against Hampton & Richmond on November 4.

Dover chairman Jim Parmenter said “I am delighted that we are able to provide facilities for part of the community that perhaps would not have enjoyed games at The Megger Community Stadium before and we look forward to their visit which will hopefully be the first of many.”

Patrick Verrill, Chairperson of the local branch of the National Autistic Society and Dover regular, has worked closely with Community Engagement & Inclusion Officer Vikki Pawley to make it a reality.

He said: “Sensory rooms are a great way for people on the Autistic spectrum or those with other additional needs to have their needs met in unfamiliar environments.

“The club have been fantastic since I first pitched the idea, inviting me to look around the club at possible areas we could use. I’m very grateful for the understanding and effort that Dover Athletic have put in to this. Vikki in particular has helped to make this all happen.”

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