Sports Foundation become Official Charity Partner
County Football Association has today announced Norwich City Community Sports
Foundation (CSF) as its official charity partner for the next two years.
Preparations are underway for the Governing
Body’s annual Volunteers’ Awards Evening, which takes place tonight at
Sprowston Manor Hotel and will see the partnership formally launched in front
of over 200 attendees including special guests the England U21’s who took on
Netherlands at Carrow Road last night.
In recent years Norfolk FA has supported various
local charities including ‘The Skin Cancer Research Fund’, ‘It’s on the Ball’
and ‘Break Charity’, a Patron of which is BBC Sport’s Jake Humphrey. The television
presenter and Canaries fan is also a trustee of the Community Sports
The Foundation is Norwich City Football Club’s
official charity and helps over 38,000 people every year achieve their goals
through sport, supporting some of the most disadvantaged, disabled and talented
people across Norfolk.
Norwich City CSF becoming the Association’s
Charity Partner for the next two seasons is part of a wider partnership
agreement between the two organisations
which will see them working more closely together to further develop football
opportunities around Norfolk.
Chairman of Norfolk FA, Michael Banham spoke of
his excitement at the partnership: “We’re
very proud of our support to local charities and I’m particularly enthusiastic
about this partnership and what both organisations can achieve in football through working closer
work that Community Sports Foundation does around the County is a fantastic
example of how sport can help and support people from all backgrounds and
demographics; as such, this partnership fits in perfectly with our newly
announced strategy #NorfolkFootball ForALL.”
With a charity auction and raffle taking place,
proceeds from the Volunteers’ Awards Evening will go to CSF and tonight’s event
starts a two year partnership of fundraising support that will contribute
towards the campaign to ‘Build the Nest’ – the new state-of-the-art football
facility based near Norwich Airport.
Phase 1 of the facility has been completed, and
fundraising is under way for the more complex and revolutionary Phase 2, which
will cost a total of £9.4million to complete.
Phase 2 will include classroom facilities, an
indoor sports hall, a gym and a floodlit 3G football pitch, and when completed
will allow the Foundation to reach a further 12,000 people a year.
Jackie Thornton, Head of Development for CSF
said: “We are hugely grateful to Norfolk County FA for
choosing us as their official charity partner. NCFA have a proven record of
supporting local charities and we hope that this new partnership will
strengthen our fundraising as we work towards achieving our most ambitious
more information surrounding Norfolk County Football Association, please visit
NorfolkFA.com and for more information about Norwich City Community Sports
Foundation and The Nest, visit communitysportsfoundation.org.uk.