Club's charity partner continues to impact people's lives

In the latest edition of his monthly blog, Senior Club Journalist Ben Mouncer champions the work of Norwich City's charity partner.

SOME things are always worth celebrating: birthdays, achievements, anniversaries, Robbie Brady goals at The Hawthorns... all perfectly good reasons for happy reflection.

Mostly, though, they are moments. There's a build-up, they happen, you enjoy it and then it's finished before the wait for the next cause for celebration came along.

Ongoing success isn't marked as often, but this week at Norwich City we are recognising the outstanding day-to-day work of the Club's charity partner, the Community Sports Foundation (CSF).

The Foundation, which will celebrate its 25th anniversary next January, has had a positive impact on the lives of thousands of people county-wide and will continue to do so through its ever-broadening range of services.

Community Week, which started on Easter Monday and runs through until Saturday's Premier League game against Newcastle United, is an annual set of initiatives designed to shine the spotlight on CSF.

Its efforts bring joy to many, demonstrated through young people's stories of fulfilment to the large-scale charity fundraising successes of Jamie's Game and the hugely popular Run Norwich.

Ahead of this weekend's match, there will be a ground collection at Carrow Road and the charity's Down's Syndrome team will form a guard of honour for City and their opponents.

But it's when you see the Foundation's impact through your own eyes that the value of their work really hits home, and our recent Wish Day video provides that opportunity.

A group of children with disabilities visited Colney ostensibly for a tour earlier this month, only for them to actually have the chance to watch the team train before meeting the players and staff.

To see the sheer delight on their faces when coming face to face with the likes of Russell Martin and Nathan Redmond is one of the many reasons to give that footage a watch, but the truth is CSF is helping people in many walks of life every day of the year.

Its body of work was recognised on a national level last season when it was shortlisted for the Football League Awards Community Club of the Year for 2015, achieved after being named winners in the East Region.

CSF's aim is 'to help people achieve their goals', and it is certainly leading through example by reaching their own.

Visit the Community Sports Foundation's website HERE. To make a donation, click HERE.

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