Florence and Joshua wearing IrisVision glasses at a Southampton game (Virgin Media/PA)
Two young visually-impaired Southampton fans have been given an enhanced view of the action thanks to a piece of wearable technology.
Florence 11, and Joshua, 15, wore their IrisVision glasses to Sunday’s 1-1 draw with Manchester United at St Mary’s, the first time they had been able to attend since receiving the tech last year.
Florence, who has tunnel vision, said: “It was incredible to be back at St Mary’s again with full crowds, and to be wearing my IrisVision glasses means I’m able to see the whole pitch in a way I’ve never been able to before.”
The pair were given the specialist glasses last April by Virgin Media who are one of the club’s sponsors.
They also enjoyed a kickabout with Saints players, including England midfielder James Ward-Prowse.
They were initially due to receive the glasses and be mascots for the team at a game against Manchester City last year, but the Covid pandemic meant plans had to be altered.
So Joshua and Florence, who plays in the Saints Foundation Para Football Academy, got to carry out mascot duties on Sunday instead.
A kickabout they'll remember forever 😍
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