OXFORD United fans were given the chance to try out a new 'sensory room' at the Kassam Stadium for those who may find match days overwhelming.

The new space, in one of the rooms behind the hospitality boxes at the stadium, was trialled for the first time at the match against Walsall on Saturday.

First conceived by Jigsaw, an Oxford-based parent carer support group, the room has come into being thanks the OUFC Community Trust and funding from supporters' group OxVox.

It features light projectors, soft play items, sensory mats and special seating to help fans attending games who may not be able to manage with the sensory overload a football match can bring.

Large crowds and loud noises can get too much for some and the room is designed to provide a safe and stress-free space, where people with autism or other sensory needs can enjoy a calming environment.

OxVox committee member Ali Wolfe said: "When we were approached about doing this, I didn't know how different the match-day experience could be for some.

"For me I get my cup of tea, take my seat and enjoy the game but for others the noises can become too much.

"It seemed like a really good cause to support and a way of helping the community and ensuring more people feel comfortable coming to matches - which can only be good for the club."

The room will continue to be trialled on weekend matches with a group from the Mabel Prichard School planning to attend the next home game.

Any supporter who feels they would benefit from the space is welcome to use it before or during the game and should notify a steward or email community@oufc.co.uk in advance.

Hayley Nash, a volunteer for Jigsaw whose own 12-year-old son is a season ticket holder and has autism, will be one of the people on hand to support those using the room.

She said: "Looking around the stadium there are a lot of children with additional needs and this seemed to be something that was missing.

"My son gets quite emotional - he is really very passionate about the game.

"This is somewhere he can recharge and come back calmer and more chilled."

Among the first to try the space was Toby Kelly, 10, from Dorchester-on-Thames who has complex needs including cerebral palsy.

Dad Andy Kelly, 45, said: "I think it is a really positive move. It will really enhance our matchday experience and means we can enjoy some time as a family before the match."