LGBT-inclusive football club Proud Canaries FC were given a big surprise last week, as Norwich City star Christoph Zimmermann turned up to a team training session, organised by Aviva, proud inaugural main sponsor.
There was a twist in store for the team who had arrived at Norwich City’s official Colney Training Centre for a Proud Canaries FC team training session, as defender Christoph Zimmermann surprised the group by joining in and spent time with the players as part of the unforgettable experience.
The 25-year-old, who was sporting Rainbow Laces in his match boots in support of the newly-formed team, took time after the training session to pose for photographs and sign autographs with members of the squad.
The surprise arranged by Aviva, Norwich City’s Community Partner following nine years as the main Club sponsor, not only aims to celebrate the inclusive, fun and loyal ethos in football which Proud Canaries embodies and promotes, but recognises the significant value the supporters’ group brings to the local Norfolk community and further afield.
The Norfolk-based club established in December 2017 by Aviva and Proud Canaries, forms part of Aviva’s campaign to celebrate the diverse nature of football from the amateur level to the elite.
The new team is officially backed and fully supported by Norwich City Football Club and will proudly wear the Club’s colours for the remainder of this season and beyond.
The training sessions will culminate in an end-of-season LGBT-inclusive tournament, which will be played at Norwich City’s Carrow Road stadium on Saturday, May 5.
The tournament will see Proud Canaries FC face a number of other LGBT-affiliated football club supporter groups, whose involvement will be announced over the coming weeks.