Young Community Sports Foundation coach will place today's match ball.CITY will welcome 21-year-old Lee Jarvis as their Community Hero at the Blackburn Rovers match at Carrow Road.
Lee has cerebral palsy that, among other things, affects his mobility, balance and concentration, making life difficult for the football-obsessed Canary fan.
After becoming involved with the Club's Community Sports Foundation (CSF) as a participant, Lee's life has significantly improved and he is now a member of the Foundation's community coaching team.
Lee first came to CSF three years ago to attend a Disability football session and quickly displayed the skills to progress to the Adult Disability Player Development Centre.
The programme provided a chance for Lee to play the game he loved and improve his skills in a comfortable and safe environment, which had been difficult to find in the past as Lee explains: ??
"It was tough at school because I couldn't keep up with guys in my year. I'd go to trials for the school team and of course, I would never get in because I just couldn't do what everyone else could.
"When I came to CSF my confidence was pretty non-existent but finding a level that I could play at, with coaches that offered nothing but support, was huge for me and I began to really enjoy playing."??
Lee now regularly works within the Foundation's various disability sessions as well as helping out with Soccer Schools and tournaments.
"It's great to get involved and help people who were in a similar position to me and see them enjoy taking part in sport. I'm grateful for the opportunity I got and want other people to have the same chance with the Foundation."
In September, the Foundation launches its brand new sessions, specifically for children and adults with Cerebral Palsy. Visit www.communitysportsfoundation.org.uk or call 01603 761122 during office hours to find out more.
Throughout the season the Club is celebrating the good work and personal achievements of local people in their community. Whether that's in the emergency services or armed forces (past and present), carers or charity champions, super fans or the region's sporting heroes, we'll be celebrating it before every match.
Ahead of every Sky Bet Championship home match, our Community Hero for the day will place the match ball onto a special plinth ready for the referee and players to emerge from the tunnel and collect it for the game.
City's first Community Hero of the 2014-15 season was 10-year-old Canary fan Luke from Essex (pictured), who brought out the official match ball for our first home game against Watford.
Luke was nominated by the children's charity Kidz Come 1st, as he has been a massive support to his younger brother, Aidan, who suffers from severe autism, as well as facing his own personal learning difficulties.
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