We recently invited a selection of key workers to Carrow Road to help launch our 2020-21 away kit, and spoke to them about how they've supported the local community over the COVID-19 pandemic.
Darren Goodley is an operations director for Regency Security who has mainly supported supermarkets during the pandemic.
canaries.co.uk: How have you been supporting the community over the pandemic?
DG: Especially at the beginning, but a lot of supermarkets, empty buildings, warehouses, factories that have closed down, we provided a lot of security to those. Supermarkets were the main one.
canaries.co.uk: How have you found your job to be affected by the pandemic, it must be a lot busier?
DG: It’s been busy in a way because we’d stepped into a sector we’re not that experienced in, so it’s widened our spectrum from pubs and clubs into supermarkets. It’s been a learning curve, but a good one!
canaries.co.uk: What did you make of the community’s response here in Norwich?
DG: It was really good, I think people quickly got used to the new way of life and that’s stepped up into other places like pubs and clubs, people now know how to behave in the community.
canaries.co.uk: What was your reaction when you were asked to come to the kit shoot at Carrow Road?
DG: It was positive! It’s nice to speak about these things, it makes people realise what some of the frontline workers are doing out there and the hard work people are doing to keep others safe.
canaries.co.uk: How do you think Norwich will get on next season?
DG: I think they’ll do well; I think they’ll bounce back. They’ve got a good manager so hopefully they stick by him and build and get back to the Premier League.