Norwich City stars Tim Krul and Christoph Zimmermann joined players from the Canaries’ powerchair football team and Community Sports Foundation students at Carrow Road recently to support a campaign between the Club, sleeve partner Seriously Digital Entertainment - creator of Best Fiends – and UK based charity SpecialEffect.
Seriously supports the work of SpecialEffect who aim to level the playing field for physically disabled gamers by creating and modifying accessible controller setups to ensure that everyone can play their favourite video games.
Krul and Zimmermann were able to see the work that SpecialEffect does at Carrow Road last week, as well as try out some of the technology.
They tried out “Eyegaze” software, which enables gamers to use their eyes to move objects/players on a game, and the mounted controller, which allows movement on the game to be controlled by a gamer’s chin.
Krul said: “It’s incredible. I think gaming should be available to everyone and it’s a great incentive for everyone to be able to do that.”
Zimmermann added: “It’s amazing what SpecialEffect do, I didn’t know it was even possible to control a game with your eyes.”
Friday, October 4 is the flagship fundraising day for the charity when all their supporters make an extra effort to donate, named “One Special Day”, and the match between the Canaries and Aston Villa at Carrow Road on Saturday will be known as “One Special Match”.
During the game, signed merchandise will be auctioned off by the Club to raise money for the charity. Seriously have also donated their digital advertising to the charity, with SpecialEffect’s branding to be featured throughout the stadium on the digital boards, big screen and matchday programme.