Norwich City Academy and the Community Sports Foundation are grateful to the supporters that donated their 2019-20 season ticket or membership rebate to support the continuing growth of the club’s academy and CSF's projects.
In May, the club confirmed that three options will be made available for 2019-20 season ticket holders and members to either claim their pro-rata rebate or donate to support the academy or the club’s Community Sports Foundation (CSF).
The club has seen significant growth in academy productivity in recent seasons, with several youth players breaking through into the first team. The donated rebates to the club’s academy will further help in this area.
Jen Rice, academy manager at Norwich City told canaries.co.uk: “The generosity we have seen is even more special during this difficult time for all so we want to pass on our sincere thanks to all supporters who donated their season ticket rebate to the academy.
“Your support will go a very long way to help continue the growth and development of our forward-thinking academy and we look forward to sharing this journey with you.”
CSF received a donation of £175,000 from supporters which will help to replace some of the lost income from many cancelled CSF fundraising events this year. The donation will also help sustain projects the foundation is running, including:
- The Foundation’s work with homeless people to improve employment and independent living prospects.
- Sports sessions that break down barriers for people with disabilities, helping them to enjoy sport in a comfortable environment, with the added benefits of improving confidence and social skills, while providing respite care for their families.
- Sports participation, workshops and positive experiences for young people in high-need areas – another vital project for improving the prospects of young people and reducing youth crime. Sessions also provide mentorship and guidance for those specifically at risk of exposure to violent crime.
- Weekly social and exercise sessions for over-55s to help avoid inactivity and social isolation, which can be huge issues in later life.
Ian Thornton, chief executive officer at the Community Sports Foundation, added: “Everyone at the Foundation is touched by the generosity of supporters at what remains a difficult and uncertain time. We feel that this response to the rebate opportunity reflects the pride felt by supporters in the club’s community work, and we are incredibly grateful for this support as a lot of that work takes on an even greater significance.
“We still face challenges as an organisation; since the rebate scheme the Foundation has suffered the cancellation of its largest fundraising event, Run Norwich, which has added to our original estimate of lost income.
“At the same time as working to replace that lost income, construction of the new building at our community hub The Nest is nearing completion and we have £100,000 left to raise from our Build the Nest campaign.”
“We will continue to work hard to serve the community and it has been wonderful to see participants return to sessions where safe to do so, including on the new 3G pitch at The Nest.”