Norwich City are delighted to welcome Keith McKenzie as the Community Hero for Saturday’s Sky Bet Championship fixture against Bolton Wanderers.
For the past eight years, Keith has been the Head Teacher of the Hall School for children and young people with significant and complex needs.
Keith will be retiring at the end of this academic year, bringing to a close a career in special education that has spanned nearly three decades.
During his time with the Hall School, Keith has worked closely with the Community Sports Foundation (CSF) disability team, who have delivered sports sessions to the school’s pupils, including football, swimming and dodgeball.
The Foundation’s Disability Development Manager Darren Hunter said: “Keith is one of the nicest people you could meet, with a genuine passion for helping children with complex needs.
“We are so happy he is receiving this recognition and hope that Canary fans will give him a really nice reception when he walks out on Saturday with the match ball. he deserves it, he’s given so much to others.”
Speaking about his work, Keith said: “I think for me, the most rewarding thing is seeing children achieve their potential and that’s what has been so enjoyable about working with Darren and the CSF team.
“I don’t like a fuss but I’m very grateful to CSF and Norwich City for making me the Community Hero on Saturday and I’m really looking forward to it.”
One of Keith’s parting gifts to CSF will be to support the freshly launched Build The Nest campaign, at the Hall School’s Summer Fair on Thursday June 21 – an event that will also mark the school’s 50th anniversary.
The Build The Nest campaign aims to raise £2.5m towards the construction of a new hub in Horsford that will serve the community by providing sports, education, social and residential facilities.
Please give a big Carrow Road welcome to Keith as he brings out the match ball ahead of our game against Bolton Wanderers.
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 contact the Club via firstname.lastname@example.org
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