Today the EFL marks the International Day of Persons with Disabilities with its own Day of Disabilities, a celebration of the work of its 72 member clubs to create an inclusive environment for disabled supporters.
Norwich City FC have worked to establish that environment at Carrow Road on matchdays and through the work of the Community Sports Foundation on a daily basis.
Within the stadium there are places for up to 84 wheelchair users and 186 ambulant supporters, making it as easy as possible for disabled supporters to watch the Canaries.
Disabled supporters aged six and up are able to take part in Disability Match Day Clubs with the Community Sports Foundation, which include multi-sports activities at nearby Carrow Park and match tickets to watch the First Team, all in the supervision of Foundation coaches.
Away from match days, the Foundation worked with over 694 people with disabilities last year, across a range of programmes. Sessions include coaching in football, dance, multi-sports and water exercise, and are delivered in Pan-Disability and impairment-specific groups.
Players in the Foundation’s disability programmes also have the chance to pull on a Norwich City shirt and play for the Canaries in one of our representative squads. The Foundation part-funds and helps to run Norwich City Powerchair FC, which has a team in the WFA National Championship League as well as squads in South East Regional Divisions 2 and 3.
In addition to NCPFC, the Foundation operates the Down’s Syndrome team and Player Development Centre that take part in tours and festivals, alongside a regular programme of fixtures against teams from other Premier League and EFL clubs.
To find out more about the Community Sports Foundation, CLICK HERE.