TWO former Saints and a record-breaking sailor were on hand to launch a new scheme to help autistic youngsters try out new activities.

Franny Benali, Gordon Watson and ex-Pompey star Paul Walsh joined sailor Geoff Holt, the first disabled person to sail solo around the Atlantic Ocean, to launch Active Autism at Chamberlayne Leisure Centre.

The scheme – jointly organised by the Hampshire Autistic Society, Active Nation and Southampton City Council – is the first of its kind in the south.

It will offer autism-specific leisure facilities and encourage people with autism spectrum conditions to try out new activities in specially run sessions.

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