Norwich City Football Club is delighted to welcome representatives from Norfolk Scouts as our Community Heroes for our Sky Bet Championship match against Bolton Wanderers.
Michael Price and Penny Harris are just two of a number of volunteers who give up their time to provide for up to 7,000 young people in Norfolk every week.
The Scout movement allows young people to develop an array of life-skills, make friends and try a range of new adventures and challenges and giving its adult volunteers invaluable skills too.
“Scouting has given me the chance to visit other countries, make new friends all over the world and develop skills which have served me well throughout my career," said Michael Price, who is a Group Scout Leader at Cringleford, as well as an Explorer Scout Leader and District Training Advisor. "I’m proud to help give the young people of Norfolk the same opportunities to broaden their horizons and develop their skills for life."
While being a leader, Michael has gained qualifications in climbing, abseiling, canoeing, kayaking, archery, rifle shooting and hill walking.
Both Michael and Penny will get the exciting chance to represent Norfolk as the leaders of 18 young people attending the World Scout Jamboree in West Virginia, USA, next year. The Jamboree is held every four years, and brings together 47,000 Scouts from over 160 countries together for 12 days. Following the Jamboree, the Norfolk group will enjoy a city experience break in Washington DC, before staying with an American Scout group.
The cost of each participant attending the Jamboree is £3,495 and the Scout group led by Penny and David have been raising funds through bake sales, sponsored hikes, swims, car-washing and craft fairs. Michael even ran the Norwich City Community Sports Foundation’s Run Norwich 10k earlier this year.
Norfolk Scouts will also be holding a ground collection at Carrow Road prior to kick-off in order to raise funds for the group.
East Harling Group Scout Leader and District Training Advisor Penny said: “I never thought when I joined I would have been given such an amazing opportunity like this, to represent Norfolk at the World Scout Jamboree. Scouting has given me so much over the past nine years. I have made new friends, gained news skills and have been given opportunities I never imagined I would get to do.”
Please give a big Carrow Road welcome this afternoon to Michael and Penny as they bring out the match ball ahead of our game against Bolton Wanderers.
To find out more about Norfolk Scouts and how you can volunteer, click here.
At every Sky Bet Championship home match, Norwich City will invite a deserving community-minded individual(s) to be their ‘Community Hero’ and place the match ball on to 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 visit the Community Hero page on canaries.co.uk