A team of adults from North East Autism Society continued their hard work for phase two of the seat change at the Stadium of Light.

The team was made up of Ross, Helen and Michael who are all part of NEAS adult day services, based at Emsworth, Sunderland. They were joined by Mark, Christina and Adam from New Warland’s Farm training centre, and Paul from Hendon workshop, Sunderland.


The team, along with staff members, travelled independently to the stadium where they were met by staff for introductions and health and safety training. The society volunteers got to work and started the seat change in the lower North Stand of the Stadium of Light. They successfully installed over 30 new white seats.

Iain Watson, assistant manager at Emsworth day services, said:

All of the adults loved getting involved and enjoyed their day there. It’s really beneficial for them to be involved in these big community projects and with this particular project, they get to forge a strong a bond with our local football club.

The staff at S.A.F.C kindly gave the team the opportunity to have a stadium tour which included the press areas, home and away dressing rooms, the warm up room and ice baths. They then took the team to Quinn’s bar where they were given dinner as thanks for all their hard work – this went down a treat!

The next phase of the seat change operation will take part later this year and the team are already looking forward to it.

Thank you to Sunderland football club once again for their love and support.