Tonbridge Angels strike up a bond with autism centre

DREAM TEAM: PACT pupils lead out the Angels at Longmead

Tonbridge Angels strike up a bond with autism centre

by Andy Tong | 25th April 2019

TONBRIDGE ANGELS have forged a partnership with The Phoenix Autism Centre Tonbridge [PACT] to raise funds and help children with autism to come to them and enjoy the football.

Children, families and teachers from PACT were guests of honour at the Angels’ home game against Harlow Town, with some of the children leading out the two teams at Longmead.

The visitors were able to watch the match in the relative calm of the Sponsors’ Lounge, which has a private deck overlooking the pitch.

Jim Rowe of Tonbridge Angels said: “A football ground may not be considered the best environment for young people who have autism with, naturally enough, lots of noise being generated and supporters getting excited in a good-
natured way.

“However it has to be remembered that these children often love football and would love the chance to be involved in some way.”

PACT messaged the club afterwards to say: “A huge thank you to everyone who supported PACT at the Tonbridge Angels FC match.

“We collected an amazing £173.04 – thank you so much for your generosity and special thanks to all the players and supporters for making our children and their families feel so welcome!

“Well done to Tonbridge Angels on your 3-1 win.”

Amy Weaver, Angels Director for Community Affairs, said: “It was an absolute pleasure to have PACT as our guests.

“Hopefully some of the children can come and watch the team training in the evening in the summer, especially those who were unable to come to the game.”

The centre is a specialist resource provision for pupils with autism at Cage Green Primary School.

Accredited by the National Autistic Society, it provides support and outreach to families and other schools in the area.

PACT focuses on the development of social communication, learning and play skills.

It has a dedicated therapy room to support pupils’ sensory, physiotherapy, occupational therapy and speech and language needs.

A soft space and sensory room also gives children the space to address their additional sensory and physical needs.

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