The London Broncos are delighted to confirm the National Autistic Society as their Official Charity partners for 2020/2021 and beyond.
Estimates suggest that around 700,000 people in the UK may be on the autism spectrum. The National Autistic Society, founded in 1962, is the UK’s leading charity for autistic people and their families. It provides information, advice and support, and campaigns for improved rights, services and opportunities for autistic people.
The Broncos players and coaching staff will proudly display the National Autistic Society logo on some of their training and match kit in 2021 and the club will support the charity with a number of fundraising and awareness-raising initiatives throughout the year.
Autism is a lifelong disability that affects how people communicate and interact with the world. It is a spectrum condition. This means that while all autistic people share difficulties around communication and social interaction, they will face varying challenges and need different levels of support. This can range from 24-hour care to the need for clearer communication and a little longer to do things at work or school.
Kate Vickers, Head of Supporter Fundraising at the National Autistic Society, is thrilled to be working with the club. She said: “We’re proud to be the Official Charity Partner of the London Broncos and grateful for the support.
“This means so much to us, particularly at the moment when our charity is facing huge financial challenges due to the coronavirus pandemic and cancelled fundraising events
“Thank you to everyone involved in the club, including the players, coaching staff and the fans of course. Your support will help us to continue our vital work creating a society that works for autistic people.”
James Milner, Commercial Manager at the London Broncos was equally pleased to have agreed the partnership. “From our first conversation it quickly became apparent that the National Autistic Society do some fantastic work and offer key support to those that are on the autism spectrum in the UK. We hope to be able to do what we can to raise money and awareness for this very worthy cause.”
The Broncos training range will be on sale in the coming weeks with several garments displaying the National Autistic Society logo. A percentage of the profits from the sale of these items will go to the NAS and fans can look forward to a special ‘one off’ match shirt in 2021.
Anyone looking for more information on the National Autistic Society can find them here – www.autism.org.uk