ROSS MCCRORIE today helped to celebrate the first year of Broxi’s Den, a facility that helps supporters with complex learning difficulties and sensory challenges such as autism to enjoy matches at Ibrox.
The club launched the facility that is based in the Broomloan Stand Corner in April last year in partnership with fans and has had a remarkable 256 visits since its doors opened.
In September, the club was honoured with the Autism Friendly Award after it improved accessibility for autistic supporters at the stadium, with Kenny Miller who helped to launch Broxi’s Den picking up the award.
The Autism Friendly Award recognises organisations that have taken steps to ensure autistic people and their families can access and enjoy their public spaces.
The suite can accommodate up to eight supporters and their carers and helps children and young adults with sensory difficulties to acclimatise to the noise, crowds and bustle of a busy match.
This private suite is made up of different zones, including a sensory suite and viewing gallery and as part of the project, autism awareness sessions for staff and quiet zones throughout the stadium have been implemented.
The facility was created following meetings with the Rangers Disability Matters Group and was opened last season with spaces within the facility allocated on a game by game basis.
Children aged between five and 12 receive priority for afternoon games and young adults have priority for evening matches, with written guides created to help fans to prepare for their visit.
Ross McCrorie commented: “I am delighted to be here to help celebrate the success of Broxi’s Den at Ibrox.
“Many fans have been able to come to see the club in a safe environment across the year and we hope many more will be able to enjoy coming to Ibrox in the future.”
Rangers Managing Director Stewart Robertson added: “Ibrox is a fantastic stadium and we are proud to have been able to provide this facility to supporters across the last year to enhance their matchday experience.
“The children and young adults who have used Broxi’s Den in this time have been welcomed to support the club in person and with their families at matches when previously they may not have been able to do so.”
Meanwhile to further mark Autism Awareness Month, The Rangers Charity Foundation will celebrate its National Charity Partnership with Scottish Autism at the match against Dundee on Saturday.
The Foundation has pledged to raise £20,000 for the charity this season, as well as raise awareness and understanding of the lifelong developmental condition among Rangers supporters.
Before kick-off and at half-time fans will be asked to pay attention to a short film shown on the big screens, depicting the journey made by Jack, a young autistic Rangers fan, as he comes to see his favourite team play.
Staff from Scottish Autism will also be speaking to fans in the Fan Zone before the game, Broxi Bear will be joined in the Family Stand by the charity’s mascot Wallace the Bear and the players will warm up in Scottish Autism branded T-shirts.
Supporters wishing to apply for places in Broxi’s Den can contact the Club in three easy ways:-
• Email: [email protected]
• Telephone 0141 580 8639
• Write to the Disability Access Manager, Rangers Football Club, Argyle House, Ibrox Stadium, 150 Edmiston Drive, Glasgow G51 2XD