Alfie Hewett to be Saturday's Community HeroNORWICH City are delighted to confirm that its Community Hero initiative will continue for the 2016-17 season.
The Club is committed to celebrating the good work that local people do in their community whether that’s in the emergency services or armed forces (past and present), or maybe community carers or charity champions, some of City’s super fans, those with personal milestones or Norfolk’s sporting heroes, we’ll be celebrating it before every match.
Ahead of every Sky Bet Championship home match Norwich City will welcome a deserving community-minded individual to the game – who will place the match ball on to a special plinth ready for the referee and players to emerge from the tunnel and collect the ball ready for the game.
Our Community Hero initiative is brought to you in association with Kare Plus, one of the UK’s fastest growing care agencies.
For Saturday's first home match of the campaign we are thrilled to welcome 18 year-old local tennis star Alfie Hewett as our first Community Hero of 2016-17.
Alfie, who was born in Norwich and is a lifelong supporter of the Canaries, teamed up with Gordon Reid earlier this summer to become the first Britons to win the Wimbledon Men’s Wheelchair Doubles title.
The teenager was born with a congenital heart defect and then aged six was diagnosed with Perthes Disease in his left hip. He was immediately wheelchair bound, however he then found his passion for tennis aged eight and has gone on to achieve great success in the sport – including being the former world number 1 junior. He currently holds 10th place in the world men's singles rankings, fifth in the world men's doubles rankings and is ranked second in Great Britain.
Alfie has also achieved another goal of his as he will be proudly representing Great Britain at the 2016 Paralympics in Rio. “It is something that I’ve always dreamed of playing in,” he says. “I missed out on the London Paralympics but that made me more determined to make sure I was in these Paralympic games. It’s going to be incredible and I’m going to try my absolute best.”
He will be joined on Saturday at Carrow Road by his granddad David and other members of his family so do please give them a warm Carrow Road welcome as they bring out the match ball ahead of kick-off. We would also like to wish Alfie all the best in the Rio Paralympics.
For more details about Alfie and how you can support him please visit his website www.alfietennis.co.uk