Supporters of a sports charity for young people saw how children on the autism spectrum can watch live football in a calm environment.

For almost 20 supporters of Lord’s Taverners, the youth cricket and disability charity, the Sensory Room at Watford Football Club was the destination of a seven-mile fundraising walk from the Black Boy pub in St Albans.

The room at the Vicarage Road ground was one of the first installed in the Premier League as part of the Premier League and BT Disability programme, paid for when BT and the Premier League teamed up with autism charity The Shippey Campaign and the Lord’s Taverners

The rooms allow children with sensory difficulties to watch live football matches from a room with a window onto the pitch, in a calm environment away from the noise and crowds.

Dave Messenger, a Watford FC Supporter Liaison and Disability Access Officer, said: “we were delighted to host Lord’s Taverners and the Walk for Wheels team at our award-winning sensory room.

“As part of our Watford Welcomes initiative, we are committed to helping the disadvantaged and disabled young people. It was a pleasure to support this cause and show the sensory room, which the Lord’s Taverners played a key role in developing.”

The Lord’s Taverners last year donated more than £4 million to help young people of various abilities and backgrounds participate in sporting activities. Visit for information.