November’s international break saw the Canaries fly to Tampa Bay, Florida in partnership with the Club’s official destination partner, Visit Tampa Bay.
The six-day tour was the first of its kind for Norwich City as it combined the requirements of the football department for a warm-weather training camp, a travelling party of key commercial partners, and also engaged with local community projects, sports franchises and US-based Canary fans in the Tampa area.
Here is a round-up of the week...
A travelling party of 87 made its way to London Gatwick to pick up a direct British Airways flight to Tampa, Florida. The group consisted of the football department led by Sporting Director Stuart Webber and Head Coach Daniel Farke, alongside his coaching team and support staff and a group of First Team players. Chief Operating Officer Ben Kensell with key commercial colleagues led a party of key Club partners, and prize-winners of the Visit Tampa Bay and Leo Vegas competitions.
Everyone was given a warm-welcome when they reached Tampa with a reception at the airport, which involved cheerleaders and the mascot ‘Thunderbug’ from Tampa Bay Lightning – their ice hockey team.
A welcome evening then took place at the Grand Hyatt Hotel where Norwich City were formerly welcomed by Visit Tampa Bay as well as representatives of local sports organisations and franchises.
The football department had a tour of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers training complex and met representatives of the NFL franchise.
The rest of the travelling party visited Amalie Arena, the home of the Tampa Bay Lightning for a full behind the scenes stadium tour.
Stuart Webber and Daniel Farke took part in a question and answer session with commercial partners hosted by Club legends and commercial ambassadors Grant Holt and Adam Drury.
The squad had their first training session at the Al Lang Stadium, home of the soccer-franchise Tampa Bay Rowdies. This was followed by a presentation from Martín Gramática, a Super Bowl winning kicker, who gave his experiences of working in US professional sport.
The commercial group went to the Raymond James Stadium, home of the Buccaneers, for a behind-the-scenes tour.
Everyone on the tour party gathered at the Al Lang Stadium for an open training session. They were joined by a number of US-based Canary and soccer fans who made the trip to watch the players be put through their paces by the coaching team. Norwich legend Kevin Keelan, a resident of Tampa, was also there.
Fans were able to meet players after the session for autographs and photos.
There was the final franchise visit of the tour, when the group went to Tropicana Field, the indoor dome venue for the Tampa Bay Rays baseball team.
The players were then divided into two groups to attend two community events. One visited Florida Hospital Tampa where they met children on the wards to give them some Norwich City goodies. The second group went to a Tampa Bay United training session where around 200 boys and girls were participating in games and activities. The players participated in the sessions and gave out prizes.
The players had another training and gym session before having some free time to enjoy the Tampa Bay area – some went to the famous Clearwater Beach, while others went to Busch Gardens.
The Canaries had their final training session of the tour at the Al Lang Stadium before everyone packed up and made the trip home for an overnight flight back to the UK and Norwich.