Norwich City Community Sports Foundation (CSF) have launched a fundraising campaign to support the second phase of development for The Nest – the new multi-purpose community hub in Horsford.
The estimated £9.4m project, funded entirely separately from Norwich City Football Club, will see the construction of an indoor sports hall, gym, floodlit 3G football pitch, and classroom facilities added to the initial work at the site, which has included the relaying of seven grass football pitches.
With preliminary work underway to secure support from grant and funding opportunities, the public ‘Build The Nest’ campaign has a target of raising the final £2.5m needed for the second phase of construction, from donations, community events and other initiatives such as teaming up with local businesses.
The Nest will be built at the site of the former Anglian Windows Sports and Social Club, on Holt Road, which has been closed since 2014.
Head of Development for the Foundation Jackie Thornton said: “We help a great number of people each year to improve their health and wellbeing and raise their aspirations through our existing initiatives, but there are thousands more that need us, and we can’t currently reach them.
“The Nest is our chance to do just that; it will allow us to engage with more people with disabilities, more people from disadvantaged backgrounds, and to help others to be active and play a sport, perhaps for the first time.”
Plans for The Nest have been developed from consultation and analysis to determine the greatest areas of need.
The initial £1.5m phase is due for completion this summer and includes the seven grass pitches, the renovation of the clubhouse, and installation of residential ‘bunk boxes’.
On completion of the second phase, The Nest will boost social mobility, tackle inactivity, and improve health and wellbeing - engaging with up to 12,000 people a year across the Foundation’s areas of impact such as:
• Support for people with disabilities and their families through sport
• Work with homeless and disadvantaged people to raise aspirations through sport and education
• Grassroots football participation
• Physical activity and social sessions for people over the age of 55
• Education and skill-enhancement for young people
• Support and positive activities for people with dementia or cancer
CSF is the official charity partner of Norwich City Football Club, but maintains its financial independence.
Norwich City’s Managing Director Steve Stone, who is also a trustee for CSF, outlined the need for external fundraising and support for The Nest: “Norwich City fans will appreciate that we cannot use Club funds towards this project; the Foundation needs to generate a significant amount of external backing.
“We are however getting behind the fundraising campaign as a Club, by putting on the Norwich City Legends v Inter Forever fixture in May, the proceeds of which will go towards building The Nest.”
Mrs Thornton added: “We are hugely grateful to the organisations that have pledged funding to The Nest, but there is a lot of work left to do to raise the final £2.5m and we hope for a real wave of support for our campaign."
Councillor Andrew Proctor, Leader of Broadland District Council said: “Broadland District Council are confident the Community Sports Foundation’s new facility will provide economic, health and educational benefits to our residents whilst meeting a strategic need to the wider area and helping to reduce social isolation and inequality. We are extremely proud to offer our support.”
‘The Nest’ was announced as the name of the hub, at the commencement of work on phase one of the project, in July 2017.
As well as the historical significance to Norwich City FC, (the project borrows its name from the Canaries’ home until 1935), ‘The Nest’ name represents a safe, nurturing environment where people can come and develop with the Foundation.
How to get involved
The Foundation are looking for individuals and organisations to show their support for the Build The Nest campaign and our team would love to hear from you.
Below are some suggestions as to how you could support the Build The Nest campaign:
• Make a donation
• Purchase a personalised paving stone, to be installed in The Walkway @ The Nest
• Complete one of our fundraising challenges
• Hold your own fundraising event
• Take part in our Fill Your Boots initiative
Businesses, schools and other organisations:
• Nominate us as your charity of the year
• Enter a team into one of our fundraising challenges
• Organise and hold your own fundraising event
• Work in partnership to provide discounted services to the Foundation and The Nest
• Become one of our Nest sponsors
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01603 761122 and ask for a member of the Fundraising team.
Visit www.thenest.org.uk for full details.