Notts County FC has named head groundsman Trevor Hutchinson their 'Game Changer' as part of the 2017 Level Playing Field (LPF) Week of Action campaign.
The annual initiative, now in its 12th year, aims to celebrate access and inclusion for disabled sports fans across England and Wales and this year the LPF celebrated the way ‘Game Changers’ made a difference to disabled fans’ matchday experience.
Trevor, whose daughter Tyler is severely autistic, converted four disused Meadow Lane executive boxes into three sensory rooms and a parents' room.
Trevor said: "The environment of a football stadium on a matchday is a big issue for some people. Our sensory suite offer a quiet, safe and relaxing environment to watch football.
"In the past that was always a big problem for Tyler and it was an incredibly emotional day for our family to see her attend the grand opening of the suite before enjoying a match."
Trevor is extremely grateful to everyone who has helped convert the idea from a dream into reality.
"At the beginning the rooms were just four shells. There was nothing in there - they didn't even have ceilings or lighting. All the groundstaff worked tirelessly to turn the area into something we could use,” he said.
"The likes of Bev Markland and Mark Huckerby have added so much to this project, as well as everyone at Autism East Midlands and the volunteers who run the suite on a matchday.
"I can't thank everyone enough for supporting this project and to be selected as the club's Game Changer is a massive honour."