Norwich City goalkeeper Tim Krul made an appearance on BBC Radio Norfolk this morning, speaking to host Chris Goreham about life without football.
The first-team squad have been away from the Lotus Training Centre since the original postponement of the Premier League season on March 13. Krul revealed how the staff and team are keeping in contact during these uncertain times.
“It’s really strange, we’ve got some group chats going on with the staff and individual ones with players,” he revealed. “They’re keeping us up to date as much as they can, but I think we’re all a bit the same, just waiting for updates from the BBC and the Prime Minister.
“It’s been a crazy experience; we’ll just have to pull through together. It’s difficult when you’re trying to prepare for something, but we don’t really know when the next game is going to be!”
In line with new advice from the Government, Krul said he’s not been able to see some of his own family due to flights being cancelled but insists that’s nothing compared to the work of the NHS through this difficult period.
“It is difficult for some, I can certainly speak for my parents who were meant to fly in last week, but that got cancelled as it was quite high risk. They’re still in Holland, but I’m quite lucky to have my wife and child with me.
“But there are players who are single and haven’t quite got the ways to see anybody really. It’s a difficult time for everyone, but I think the most important thing is the appreciation of the NHS.
“I’ve spoken to a few people who have family who countlessly go to work without thinking twice, doing 12, 14, 16-hour shifts without a moan. I think that’s really worth the applause because they’re the real heroes of this time I think.”
Select members from the club have decided to call older season ticket holders over recent days, checking in on their wellbeing and if they need anything the club can help with. Krul was one of these callers.
“It’s been really eye-opening actually, you don’t realise what people go through all the time. We’re quite privileged to be in Norwich.
“I’ve managed to speak to some people who haven’t quite got the family or support, or don’t know the numbers to ring. It’s been an amazing project the club has started.”
“I spoke to a lovely lady yesterday, who’s 94th birthday is today. She didn’t have any milk, any bread and she was scared to leave the house, but she ended up living six houses down the road from me, so it ended up being an amazing call!
“I was able to get some stuff to her, but it shows we need to, as a community, get together because there’ll be some people without the privilege of family to help them!”
Whilst the progress of coronavirus (COVID-19) remains unclear, Norwich City Football Club can reassure everyone that the health, safety and welfare of players, staff and supporters is its priority.
The club will continue to follow government advice and issue any updates to supporters at the earliest opportunity.
We would like to re-emphasise that our thoughts are with everyone affected by the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.
For support during these difficult, uncertain times, visit this helpful NHS webpage.