Middlesbrough Football Club would like to thank Kate and Peter Shippey for their support and advice in helping us plan our Matchday Sensory Room. We are honoured and proud to be associated with Kate’s first publication. We look forward to working with The Shippey Campaign in the future to enhance our supporters’ match experience.
Mark Ellis – Chief Operating Officer.
“We are committed to improving the facilities for all our supporters, and we recognise there is always work to be done in improving the experience for all fans including those with accessible needs. Making adjustments to an old stadium always presents a challenge, so when approaching facility requirements for fans with sensory impairments, receiving the support and guidance from Kate and Peter at The Shippey Foundation was of critical importance and warmly welcomed by everyone at CPFC. We are delighted with our new sensory room facilities, and sincerely hope that it improves the matchday experience for fans that wish to use them.”
Guy Wickett, Consulting Development Manager at Crystal Palace Football Club
“Dear Mr. & Mrs. Shippey,
I hope this email finds you well.
I work for the committee responsible for the delivery of stadiums, infrastructure and host country planning for the Qatar 2022 FIFA World Cup™.
I heard you speak at the Beyond Sport event last year.
Inspired by the work that you are doing in the UK to raise awareness of cognitive disabilities in sport and the use of sensory rooms to aid participation, we partnered with a local education centre in Doha and piloted a sensory room at the launch of Khalifa International Stadium, the first stadium for the FIFA World Cup™ to open in Qatar.
I wanted to thank you and encourage you to keep on delivering the inspirational work that you are doing. I hope that soon enough sensory rooms are common place in football stadiums across the world.
Here is an article published on FIFA.COM about the sensory room.”
Head of Community Outreach
“Once we’d seen the Sensory Room at Sunderland, we were determined to have a room of our own at Vicarage Road. Having contacted Kate and Peter and met them at the Stadium of Light, they proved to be an invaluable source of support, advice and inspiration as we worked to create our space for autistic children. More than 40 families have attended the room since we opened in December 2016 and we look forward to welcoming many more”
Dave Messenger – Supporter Liaison Officer, Watford FC