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COMMUNITY HERO: BARNSLEY

16 March 2017

CSF volunteers to bring out Saturday's matchball

NORWICH City are delighted to welcome Clive Howard and Graeme Davies as the Club's KarePlus Community Heroes for Saturday's game against Barnsley (3pm).

The pair have been volunteering for Norwich City’s official charity partner, the Community Sports Foundation (CSF), for a combined total of 13 years.
 
Clive was first introduced to CSF over ten years ago when he met Jamie Abbott, a young disability participant and star of ‘Jamie’s Game’, the Foundation’s football fundraiser.
 
"I was lucky enough to meet Jamie while I was managing my son’s team and I knew then I wanted to get involved," Clive told canaries.co.uk.

"Soon after, I began coaching CSF’s Down’s Syndrome team which Jamie is a part of and eventually progressed to the PAN-Disability team. The players show such determination and passion for football and compete fairly and enthusiastically on every occasion.

Clive, who took on the gruelling ‘Coastal Walk Challenge’ in 2016, trekking 47 miles in 24 hours across Norfolk’s coastal paths to raise over £1,000 added: "It is so rewarding to be able to support the team and their amazing parents and carers.

"The sheer enjoyment and sense of satisfaction achieved from volunteering is priceless. It is a real privilege to be involved and I have enjoyed every minute of the last decade."
 
Graeme has been coaching in CSF’s disability programmes since 2014, predominantly helping with the disability player development centres, PAN-disability sessions and disability match-day clubs.
 
"I am so grateful for the opportunity to work with the groups that I do and be a part of such a fantastic team," he told canaries.co.uk.
 
The Canary fan has also volunteered at various CSF events including ‘Jamie’s Game’, which will return for the fifth year this May at Carrow Road.

"The opportunities for having fun, and feeling like we make a difference just keep coming," Graeme added.

"Then there’s seeing close hand all the other areas in which the Foundation make a positive difference to people’s lives – opportunities for the homeless, the elderly, the work in schools, health awareness and so much more. 
 
"Clive and I may have got the invite to be Community Heroes but really we are just representing a whole bunch of other people working to make the Foundation’s vision ‘achieving your goals’ mean something real on a daily basis."
 
Please be sure to give a big Carrow Road welcome to Clive and Graeme as they bring out Saturday's match ball ahead of kick-off!

The Community Sports Foundation will be holding a bucket collection on the day of the game, with a range of other matchday activity also set to take place. 
 

At every Sky Bet Championship home match, the Canaries will invite a deserving community-minded individual or individuals to be their KarePlus Community Hero and place the matchball on a special plinth prior to kick-off.

 
Whether the individual works in the emergency services or the armed forces, is a carer or charity champion, a super fan or a regional sporting hero, the initiative celebrates their contribution to the local community.
 

If there is anyone you think deserves special recognition for their community efforts or personal achievements, please contact the Club via communityhero@canaries.co.uk.



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