At their annual meeting yesterday, Norwich City Football Club’s charity partner, The Community Sports Foundation, celebrated 20 years of achievement by setting out their 12 goals for the coming year.
As a significant supporter of Norwich City Football Club, Anglian Home Improvements went along to the event to hear more about the great work of this initiative within the county.
The event started with a cuddle and warm welcome from the NCFC mascot, Sportasaurus, shortly followed by a hearty welcome from the CSF team to The Norfolk Lounge. The events purpose was for members of the local community, businesses, local dignitaries and a number of footballers past and present to hear the foundation’s proposition for the upcoming year.
The event was hosted by BBC presenter Jake Humphrey usually seen just before a Formula One race, and just happens to be a Community Sports Foundation Ambassador for the charity.
Ian Thornton, CSF Director welcomed everyone to the event and explained that the charity had helped more than 50,000 people last year to achieve their personal goals through sport. As a direct result of their funding, the charity has been able to help disabled, disadvantaged and talented people right across Norfolk. Following the highlights of their many achievements Ian went on to set out the12 goals for the coming year through the following headings, these include, Quality, Charity – the Sporting Light Appeal, Sustainability, Facility, NCFC/Partners, Health, Disability, Dance, Community Cohesion, Schools and Education, Sport and of course Football.
Following Ian’s informative presentation, Darren Eadie the newest Ambassador for the charity, Craig Fleming and Adam Drury were all welcomed on to the stage and spoke about their individual experiences and involvement with the charity. They entertained the audience with their recollections of how they were able to offer support back to the community through events, be they big or small.
One of the events planned for later in this year is to raise money for the Sporting Light Appeal by supporting a team of 10 eager people who will be running in the London Marathon. The team will include Iwan Roberts who is running for the first time and worried about “hitting the wall” which everyone talks about and Ian McNally, Chief Executive of NCFC who ran the marathon last year and was also supported by Anglian, offered a little bit of advise about “hitting the wall”. They both spoke of the amazing impact and change that raising money has on the communities that it goes on to ultimately help.
Chloe Smith, unfortunately still on crutches due to her non sporting related foot injury, and Norman Lamb who recently tweeted recently that he “loved Grant Holt” following scoring a goal at a recent game. Both were invited onto the stage to give their views on how the work benefits those in the county and communities that need it most, along with an explanation of their involvement also with the charity.
Two new junior Ambassadors were also acknowledged, Jamie Abbott who is 14 years old and was presented with his certificate by his hero, Grant Holt and Pippa Horn, a Norfolk tennis prospect, who couldn’t unfortunately attend as she was at a Tennis championship in Moldavia. Both of these junior Ambassadors will be able to share their experiences and help those looking for leadership and guidance from a younger perspective.
The event culminated with the Storm Dance Company giving a great display. They are the latest addition under the community sports foundation heading. (www.stormdance.org.uk)
The afternoon’s presentation gave guests an in site into what goes on with the CSF and left everyone feeling very positive for the future of the charity.