FOOTBALL's Harry Redknapp is teaming up with a Christchurch charity in a bid to make the game more autism friendly.

He has joined forces with Autism Wessex for the Autism Friendly Football campaign, which will support clubs to introduce small changes to make a big difference to anyone affected by the condition.

The former premier league manager, who is an Autism Wessex ambassador, said: "I feel strongly that football should be open to be everyone. It is so important that we remove any barriers that might stop someone from coming along to a match and cheering on their team.

"That’s why I’m backing this campaign and would urge all clubs to get behind it!"

The campaign kicks off at Vitality Stadium at the end of October when Autism Wessex will be working with AFC Bournemouth to deliver autism awareness training to stewards and front of house staff.

Karen Wilmshurst, the charity's advocacy services manager, said: “For someone with autism and their family, going to watch their favourite football team play can be overwhelming and stressful; the crowd, noise, smell and the uncertainty about what to expect.

"But like everyone else, watching football can be a brilliant experience, sharing the highs and lows with family and fellow supporters. People with autism should be given every opportunity to join in like everyone else.”

For further information visit or call Autism Wessex on 01202 703198.