Norwich City Football Club is delighted to welcome a group of cyclists as our Community Heroes for our fixture against Derby County.
The team of five - Alan Gray, Matt Parkhouse, Glynn Thomas, David Messiter and Ricky Forder - took part in our Community Sports Foundation’s Koblenz to Norwich cycle challenge earlier this year and raised an impressive £6,000 for a number of the Foundation’s programmes, which support disadvantaged and disabled individuals through sport.
The epic challenge saw the cyclists embark on a 419-mile adventure across Northern Europe, taking in a host of famous cities, including Bonn, Cologne, Eindhoven, Amsterdam and The Hague.
The four-day ride began in Norwich’s twin city Koblenz, where the cyclists were waved off by members of the Koblenz City and Twinning Society.
Along the way, the group visited a number of famous football grounds including Mochengladbach’s Borussia-Park, Ajax’s Amsterdam Arena and PSV Eindhoven’s Philips Stadion.
Upon pulling into their final destination, Carrow Road, the cyclists were greeted by a large welcoming party that included the Lord Mayor of Norwich.
Matt Parkhouse, from Aviva, said: “We found it really tough in places because of the changing weather conditions - one moment we were cycling in scorching heat, the next we were getting hammered by the wind and rain.
“But it was an incredible challenge, and we were so pleased that we all managed to finish together as a team in Norwich, and raise an amazing amount of money for the Foundation.”
Volunteers Jennine Schneider and Colin McDermott accompanied CSF Senior Fundraising and Events Manager Emma Fletcher on the trip, as the group’s support team.
“The cyclists had a real sense of team spirit and perseverance, and I am delighted that they enjoyed the event," said Emma. "I would like to thank everyone who contributed to the event in so many ways, including Colin and Jennine who were an extremely dedicated and caring support team."
Please give a big Carrow Road welcome this afternoon to Alan, Glynn, Matt, David, Ricky and Jeninne as they bring out the match ball ahead of our game against Derby County.
To find out more about next year’s Koblenz to Norwich Cycle Challenge, 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 Club's Community Hero page HERE.
Pictured from left is Alan Gray, Matt Parkhouse, Glynn Thomas, Ricky Forder and David Messiter.