Learn more about the Community Sports FoundationCANARY fan Sol Glover will be the Community Hero for Saturday’s Sky Bet Championship playoff semi-final against Ipswich Town.
10-year-old Sol has Autism, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, sight impairment, and a number of other difficulties that means he attends a highly specialised unit for children with complex needs that is 40 miles away from his home.
Sol finds socialising extremely difficult, but a programme called Canary Club, run by the Community Sports Foundation has given him something to look forward to each week.
The club is for children with disabilities, and involves a mixture of sports and games with some socialising thrown in, making for a comfortable environment for all the children.
It has proved to be a life-changing experience, according to mum Jo:
“I cannot put into words the difference the Canary Club has made to Sol's life and future.
“I couldn't believe my eyes when I saw photos of him laughing and communicating with Adam Drury during his visit to Canary Club; this is a huge testament to how safe and secure Sol feels at the club, as he doesn't even talk to some people he's known for years.
“Sol may still not have any friends but he now has a sense of belonging in that he is a fan of Norwich City.
Before the game, Sol will bring the match ball out in front of the crowd, before taking his seat in the Norwich & Peterborough Stand.
“I have no doubt he will keep his season ticket all his life,” said Jo.
“The community at Norwich is so welcoming that it doesn't matter that he has special needs, as first and foremost he is a Norwich fan.”
Canary Club has been made possible by fundraising from CSF’s Sporting Light Appeal, which has seen many Norwich fans show their support to help CSF reach the £1million mark.
Sol is just one example of the people in Norfolk that benefit from the work of CSF; to find out more visit www.communitysportsfoundationorg.uk.
This Sunday, Carrow Road plays host to Jamie’s Game – a celebrity football match to raise funds for CSF. Click HERE for ticket information.