York’s autism friendly Belong Arena

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Welcome to your York Belong Arena. Liam is the Arena Manager here and, with his colleagues, will make your visit as inclusive and enjoyable as possible.

York is one of four Belong by GAME arenas taking part in a trial to be more autism friendly.

Belong Arenas are separate areas at some GAME stores where customers can play the latest video games on the latest equipment –including high tech gaming PCs, Playstations and Xboxes.

These are called “stations” and customers can hire them out, sit in a comfy seat and use the consoles with headphones for quiet and privacy.

How to book a gaming station at York Belong Arena

You can book a station (which has a PC and consoles for you to use) for £5 to £7 an hour.

If you have someone supporting you they do not need to book a station. But, if you are going with someone who wants to play games too they will need to book a station.

There are four ways you can book a station

  1. You can go into the store and ask to speak to a member of staff – tell them that you would like to book time at the arena. If you let them know you have autism they can help you plan your trip, but you don’t have to tell them.
  2. You can call them on 07483135083 – tell them that you would like to book time at the arena. If you let them know you have autism they can help you plan your trip, but you don’t have to tell them.
  3. You can email them on belong.York@game.co.uk – write that you would like to book time at the arena. If you let them know you have autism they can help you plan your trip, but you don’t have to tell them.
  4. You can visit belong.gg and use the Quick Book tool. You will need to select York, the date and time you would like to book, the number of stations you would like to book and how long you would like to book it for.

Preparing for your visit to York Belong Arena

The website for York’s Belong Arena has information including when the stations are available and what equipment they have available. Visit their website to find out more.

The entrance to York’s Belong Arena is inside the GAME store

The Belong Arena in York is next to the GAME store. When you walk into the GAME store you will need to turn left.

When you go to the York Belong Arena you will see a counter. If you want to ask a member of staff a question you can go to this counter. You can also buy drinks and snacks from here, or you can take your own.

Here are some things to think about before your visit:

  • you will have to walk through the GAME store to get to the Belong Arena
  • if you would like a computer in a quiet area, choose one at the back of the arena
  • there isn’t a toilet in the store but a member of staff can tell you where the closest one is
  • the Arena and store is quietest in the morning on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Other times and school holidays can be busier.

We have written this social story for you to download, there are a few places where you can put in extra information and photos but you might find the information in it useful without doing this.

Download York’s Belong Arena social story which you can edit on the computer and add photos in

Download the York’s Belong Arena social story which you can print off and write information in

Address and opening times

York GAME Belong Arena Game
5 Church Street
York
YO1 8BG

  • Monday 9am-5:30pm
  • Tuesday 9am-5:30pm
  • Wednesday 9am-5:30pm
  • Thursday 9am-5:30pm
  • Friday 9am-5:30pm
  • Saturday 9am-5:30pm
  • Sunday 11am-5pm

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  • If your enquiry is urgent or you would like to speak to a member of the team, please call 0300 303 9062