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Southampton treat two young visually-impaired fans during lockdown by giving them life-changing equipment to help them watch their heroes play Southampton have treated two fans to a very special present during lockdown Virgin Media teamed up with club and Vision Aid to surprise Joshua and Florence Youngsters are visually impaired but have been given special technology to help Incredible glasses mean pair will be able to watch their heroes play for first time

By Ben Nagle for MailOnline

Published: 09:15 BST, 1 May 2020 | Updated: 09:15 BST, 1 May 2020

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The world of football may be in a state of lockdown right now, but Southampton have used their quiet period wisely by giving an incredible gift to two young fans.

With no Premier League action to focus on, Saints have turned their attentions elsewhere and have bought two visually-impaired supporters some life-changing equipment that will come in very handy when football does eventually return.

Teaming up with sponsors Virgin Media and VisionAid, Saints initially surprised 14-year-old Joshua and 10-year-old Florence with a special tour of the stadium and a trial run of the equipment before the lockdown began.

Southampton have gifted two visually-impaired young fans some life-changing equipment

Southampton have gifted two visually-impaired young fans some life-changing equipment

Florence (second left) and Joshua (second right) were able to meet some of their heroes too

Florence (second left) and Joshua (second right) were able to meet some of their heroes too

The pair are both visually impaired, while Florence has tunnel vision, which is the loss of peripheral vision resulting in a constricted circular tunnel-like field of sight. For this reason, both Florence and Joshua have never clearly seen their favourite football team play.

While wearing the glasses in the changing rooms at St Mary's, the pair were surprised by Saints first-team players James Ward-Prowse, Jack Stephens and Oriel Romeu.

The initial plan was for the pair to return to Southampton for the fixture

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