Cwmbran School Students Visit County for Autism Awareness Week

May, two students, Josh and Nye, from Cwmbran High School visited the Newport County AFC training ground to watch Michael Flynn and Wayne Hatswell put the team through their paces.  After training was finished, the students met the team and manager before heading over to Dragon Park to watch the reserves take on Cheltenham Town FC in the Central League.thOn Tuesday 28


and is aimed to raise awareness in the local community.ndThis visit was part of Autism Awareness Week which is the week leading up to Autism Awareness Day on April 2


Since 2005 Cwmbran High School (formally Fairwater High) has hosted a specialist provision for pupils with Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD).  The provision caters for 14 young people from Torfaen, Blaenau Gwent, Monmouthshire and Newport by providing them with an alternative setting in which to undertake curriculum tasks, offering the pupils “in class” support and teaching them strategies to live as independently as possible.


As part of this year’s Autism Awareness Week, Cwmbran High School are focusing on the strengths young people with autism can offer to employers.  Working alongside an individual with a diagnosis of autism can be an enriching experience for all involved. These young people often have a variety of sometimes exceptional skills that can be an asset to any workplace. 


Autism Base Manager, Esther Nicolaou, said: “A number of our boys are very interested in football so to hear Newport County AFC were prepared to support us was hugely exciting!  Josh and Nye were thrilled to be able to watch the first team training and then a reserves match on Tuesday and cannot wait to be there on Saturday as hospitality guests to watch the match against Crawley.  We as a Base are extremely grateful for Newport County’s support in raising awareness of Autism and wish them good luck for the future.”


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