Football club host autism awareness

Aveley FC hosted an autism awareness event recently at their home fixture against Dereham Town on Saturday August 11th.

The National Autistic Society Thurrock group were invited to attend the event along with a number of members, parents, careers and families. They got the chance to meet the players and enjoy the match.

The club offered reduced price entry for the group and a meet and greet with some of the players.

The Thurrock NAS group also got the chance to have photos with players from both the teams and the team mascot.

The National Autistic Society Thurrock also picked the man of the match and presented the award to the winning player.

A spokesman from the Thurrock NAS group said: “We took 60 children, parents and careers to the Aveley FC vs Dereham Town match on Saturday.

“We arrived with the children and their families at kids at 2:15 to let them get settled before the game started.”

“The kids met Miller The Gorilla and also met the players who signed autographs. The day was a complete success and the club pulled out all the stops to make it a day to remember.

“Everyone had a great day and we are very grateful to Aveley Football club for the event, who also allowed us to collect donations on the day.

Aveley were the side to beat and produced a thrilling match thrashing Dereham Town and winning 6-0.


The National Autistic Society Thurrock group provide the support and services that people affected by autism don’t get.

People contact the society to ask for information on all aspects of Autistic Spectrum Conditions and on local support, resources, and activities. They are also hoping to continue to develop their services.

Please visit their website at The website will help people in the local area to find information more quickly and will be a significant step for many in finding local support.