Rangers Football Club has today been honoured with the Autism Friendly Award after it improved accessibility for autistic supporters at Ibrox Stadium.

Rangers football club.

Earlier this year the Club, in partnership with the fans, launched Broxi’s Den  a facility that allows supporters with complex learning difficulties and sensory challenges such as autism to enjoy matches at the stadium.

This private suite is made up of different zones, including a sensory suite and viewing gallery and will help children and young adults with sensory difficulties acclimatise to the noise, crowds and bustle of a busy matchday.

The Club has also created quiet zones throughout the stadium and produced guides to help fans prepare for their visit. Children aged between 5 and 12 receive priority for afternoon games and young adults will have priority for evening matches.

Rangers striker Kenny Miller received the award from Jo-Anne Hamilton, head of campaigns at The National Autistic Society Scotland at Broxi’s Den in Ibrox.

Jo-Anne Hamilton said: “I am incredibly impressed by the ambitious approach the Rangers team has taken to improving access for autistic fans. Broxi’s Den is a state-of-the-art facility that allows supporters to have a matchday experience that they feel comfortable with. The Club is very deserving of our Autism Friendly Award.”

We supported Rangers Football Club by reviewing architects’ plans for Broxi’s Den and providing autism awareness sessions for stewards and stand safety managers.

Kenny Miller commented: “I am delighted all the hard work by Rangers staff and the fans has been recognised with the Autism Friendly Award. It is fantastic we can now offer an area for fans with sensory difficulties to watch their team in a quiet and calm environment who may have previously been unable to do so.” 

Our Autism Friendly Award recognises organisations that have taken steps to ensure autistic people and their families can access and enjoy their public spaces. It was introduced after our Too Much Information report revealed that 66 per cent of autistic people in Scotland feel socially isolated.

Aberdeen Football Club became the first in Scotland to scoop the Autism Friendly Award in March this year. In Scotland, it is also held by Scottish Parliament, the Glasgow Film Theatre and the MacRobert Arts Centre, amongst others.