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Lotus Group managing director Matt Windle dropped in at The Nest on Saturday morning to visit some of the Community Sports Foundation’s disability football sessions.
Norwich City Football Club’s main sponsors have generously donated a Lotus Elise 240 Sport Final Edition as a competition prize to boost the Foundation’s fundraising, and Mr Windle’s visit was to see first-hand some of the programmes that will be supported.
With The Nest’s Norfolk Hire Arena bathed in brilliant sunshine, Mr Windle joined the down’s syndrome football session for a kickabout, as well as observing the recently launched disability mini kickers programme for 4 to 6-year-olds with a range of needs.
The participants were eager to show off their skills, and a highlight of the morning came when Mr Windle volunteered to go in goal to face a number of penalties.
There was great excitement on Saturday at the sight of the competition prize Elise, which was parked outside at The Nest alongside an Exige brought along by Mr Windle.
After the football there was a chance to have a closer look at both cars, much to the delight of everyone on site.
The two sessions take place weekly at The Nest, helping to keep participants active and healthier while improving vital skills such as confidence, communication, and teamwork.
It’s not just the participants themselves that benefit; the respite care gives parents and carers the chance for a break and to build a support network with others in attendance.
The Foundation’s disability programme includes additional activities such as the Foundation Allstars dance troupe, as well as multi-sports and water exercise sessions.
The activities rely on support from the Foundation’s own fundraising work, including the Lotus competition, as well as funding from the Premier League’s Charitable Fund.
Mr. Windle said: "We’re delighted to be supporting the Foundation with provision of exclusive Final Edition Lotus Elise to boost their fundraising, I know that the money raised will help to sustain this vital work for people with disabilities and provide a legacy for the community in the future.”
“It was great to see also the huge amount of investment at The Nest and its obvious and tangible benefit to the community.”
“It is wonderful to team up with the Foundation, as we are clearly like-minded in our passion for driving inclusion and inspiring the next generation.”
Competition details - #DrivingInclusion
The Elise competition is being hosted online by Bridge Classic Cars on behalf of the Foundation and is open to residents of England, Scotland and Wales aged 18 or over.
To enter for £9 (multiple entries available), visit the Bridge Classic Cars competition page and answer a simple multiple-choice question.
The competition closes on Sunday, October 31, with a live online draw shortly afterwards to determine the winner.