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Sensory area opens in Stags family room

Posted onPosted on 11th Dec

A sensory area has been opened in the family room at Mansfield Town FC.

It is aimed at young matchday supporters who are prone to experiencing a sensory overload.

The area was launched before the recent 2-0 derby win over Notts County thanks to a £6,000 donation from the Stags Supporters Association (SSA).

SSA chairman Dean Foulkes, who officially opened the area, thanked fans who buy badges and golden goal tickets for contributing to the initiative.

“We are proud of the ongoing activity at the One Call Stadium. This is an example of the club becoming inclusive for everyone,” he added.

The sensory area includes:

A multi-infinity explorer panel, which produces lights and music that can be controlled and changed.
Sensory bubble tubes, with mirrors behind to create the sense that there are more than two.
Vibration bumpers across the back wall, which vibrate when leaned upon.
Sensory football, which has a different texture to a regular football.

Supporters’ liaison officer Danielle Hett said: “We have installed this sensory area as there are children who require it when the game can get too much.

“Sometimes they need a little bit of relaxing time before they go out to the stands, where it can be quite noisy. They can also come back in and use the area throughout the match.

“The main thing is that everyone enjoys a matchday, and people don’t have to stay at home in fear of a sensory overload.”

The family room, located underneath blocks A and B in the Quarry Lane Stand, is used for indoor activities and games before each Stags home match. There is also free fruit for young supporters.