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Norwich City Football Club was delighted to welcome members from the Leadership Connect programme to the Lotus Training Centre last week.
The programme is organised by the Royal Air Force as they take a team of US Air Force members from RAF Lakenheath, RAF Mildenhall and RAF Alconbury to a number of local companies across East Anglia to exchange ideas on leadership and culture.
The group also featured an officer from RAF Honington and a member of the Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service and their visit to the club’s training ground was their first of the 2021/22 programme.
All members of the group enjoyed a tour of City’s state-of-the-art Lotus Training Centre and special presentation from sporting director Stuart Webber and assistant sporting director Neil Adams.
Major Clarence Abercrombie Junior of RAF Lakenheath said: “The Leadership Connect programme is the premiere class here in the local area of East Anglia. The Air Force boss in this area made a decision that we needed to reach out to the local community to forge some relationships and also learn from each other.
“Norwich City are taking a different approach to football and the innovation here is something which is one of the reasons why we chose to come here.
“We had some food upon arrival and we were then taken to the locker room to see the new facilities. We also had a chance to look at the new Soccerbot. We then saw the gym and the other facilities on campus. It was very impressive.”
Henry Griffin of Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service said: “The US Air Force came to Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service to look at how we apply leadership in our organisation. They kindly gave me an honorary place on the programme itself.
“I’ll be taking away lots of learning styles from high-profile leaders such as Stuart Webber at Norwich City to see how we can improve our own organisation.
“The high performance values that are demonstrated here are clear right from the top to the bottom of the club, the clear collaborative leadership approach that’s evident in everything the club does. It’s clear both on and off the pitch. There’s definitely some learnings that the private and public sector can learn from Norwich City.”