EFL Day of Action
James Maddison visits The Clare School
Pupils at The Clare School received a treat on Tuesday, when City midfielder James Maddison dropped in for a session with the Community Sports Foundation.
The visit to the complex physical and sensory needs school marked the EFL’s Community Day of Action, as the Canaries joined all 72 EFL clubs, to showcase the power of football and the positive effects it can have on communities across the UK.
James helped Foundation coaches with their session, which included target games involving hoops and cones, before staying for a host of pictures with the pupils and school staff.
The Foundation’s disability team deliver sessions in the school each week to pupils with a broad range of complex needs, with emphasis on teamwork, movement, and coordination.
CSF Disability Development Officer Darren Hunter said:
“The group includes pupils with cerebral palsy, hearing impairments, and learning difficulties, while four of the participants use a wheelchair or walking frame.
“The school creates an environment that celebrates and encourages success and achievement, and this is something that extends to our sessions.”
On Tuesday, April 25, all 72 EFL clubs will come together for the Community Day of Action to celebrate their collective work with over a million individuals each year.
The EFL Trust, and club’s community programmes are investing approximately £50million into community projects over the course of this season, which also sees the EFL Trust celebrate its tenth anniversary.
EFL chief executive Shaun Harvey said:
“EFL clubs play a pivotal role in their communities, and what our inaugural Day of Action makes abundantly clear is how this work is having a significant impact, not just on match days but seven days a week, 365 days a year.”
Keep up with the EFL Community Day of Action on social media by searching the hash tag #EFLDayofAction.
Story added: 25 Apr 2017 / Read story on own page »
Canaries just miss out
Foundation's Walking Footballers reach Semis in EFL Trust Cup
The Community Sports Foundation’s Walking Football team bowed out of the EFL Trust Walking Football Cup last weekend, though not before reaching the Semi-Finals.
The team, who were representing the Canaries, were taking part in the East Regional stage of the Cup held in Luton, with a spot in the National Finals at stake.
The group stage saw the Canaries enjoy a 3-0 victory over Peterborough United, a 1-1 draw with Wycombe Wanderers and a 3-2 defeat to the hosts - enough to qualify them for the next round.
A victory over Oxford United in the Quarters, primed the side up for a Semi against a strong Colchester United outfit where they were ultimately defeated 3-0.
This was the second time the Canaries have been represented in the tournament, with the 2015 team reaching the Finals stages of the tournament, which is always held at The FA’s prestigious St. George’s Park.
CSF Health Coach Ashley Fountain accompanied the side to Luton, and had this to say:
“There were some strong sides out there, so it was always going to be a tough route to the Finals
It’s been a great opportunity nonetheless - it’s always a fantastic experience to represent the Canaries and play in their colours, and the guys did the club proud.”
The Foundation’s Walking Football team recently took part in the FA People’s Cup, where they also reached the Semi-Final stage.
Walking Football is designed to help people keep an active lifestyle despite their age, as well as getting those back playing football who had to stop due to injuries.
The sport has seen a surge in popularity recently, and EFL community trusts around the country run regular sessions.
The Foundation’s Walking Football team train once-a-week on Mondays (3.30pm-4.30pm) at Carrow Park.
New recruits are always welcome, and a first-taster session is free.
Find out more about the Foundation’s Walking Football offering here.
Story added: 25 Apr 2017 / Read story on own page »
England call up for local girls
Young footballers to represent their country this week
Two players from the Community Sports Foundation’s (CSF) Girls’ Football Development Programme will be making their football debut at international level this Easter.
Blue Wilson and Kyra Robertson (pictured right) have been selected for the England Women’s Under-15 Training Camp and will travel to Brussels later this week to represent their country in fixtures against Belgium.
The pair joined the Girls' Centre of Excellence (COE) at the Under-11 and Under-9 age group respectively and currently train with the Girls’ Programme.
CSF Girls’ & Womens' Football Development Officer Sian Wager said:
“Blue and Kyra have worked incredibly hard and have proved that with hard work and commitment you can achieve anything.
“Both girls have set the benchmark for other players on the programme and across the county to aspire to. We’d all like to wish them the best of luck for this call up and with their future international careers.”
Blue and Kyra follow in the footsteps of Lauren Hemp and Aimee Palmer who have previously represented England and have recently qualified for the finals of the UEFA European Women's Under-17 Championship.
For more information on CSF’s Girls' Football Development Programme, please click here or contact email@example.com.
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Runners raise hundreds for CSF
Norfolk duo raise vital funds for charity in marathon run
Many hours of training have paid off for two local fundraisers, who have helped raise hundreds of pounds for the Community Sports Foundation (CSF).
Lee Wicks and Phil Wright (pictured right) from Norfolk successfully completed the Manchester Marathon and Brighton Marathon respectively earlier this month.
The pair have raised over £800 for the Foundation, which will help to improve the lives of disadvantaged and disabled people throughout Norfolk.
Wicks completed the marathon in 4:27 while Wright finished with a time of 4:21. Both were overjoyed with the support from close friends and family.
Wright, Contracts Manager at Riverside Leisure Centre said: “We’re so grateful to everybody who has helped us to raise this amount.
“It is great to support this fantastic charity which strives to help those in need achieve their goals through sport.”
The Marathons join the growing list of charity events that will be taken on by local fundraisers this year to help support the Foundation.
If you would like to make a donation to the pair’s fundraising total, please click here.
Feel inspired by our Marathon runners? CSF Run Norwich charity places are still up for grabs. To find out more, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Story added: 07 Apr 2017 / Read story on own page »
A Cracking Easter ahead at CSF
Easter fun for youngsters across Norfolk
School’s out and Easter is now just around the corner; here is a snapshot of what’s going on at the Community Sports Foundation (CSF) over the holidays.
National Citizen Service
The school break will kick off with a celebration at Carrow Road (April 3rd) which will showcase the achievements of over forty National Citizen Service (NCS) participants.
The teenagers completed the programme - which helps young people improve team skills, develop self-confidence and learn about their community - earlier this year.
Soccer Schools will take place across the county throughout the two week Easter break and provide safe, holiday fun at an affordable price.
Late places are still available at certain venues, click here to book.
Boys' and Girls' Programme
Participants on our Girls’ and Boys’ Programmes are heading off on tour for a fun-filled weekend of team-building activities and fixtures. The boys are visiting Staffordshire while the girls are taking a trip to Manchester.
Back in Norwich, the Girls’ Player Development Centre (PDC) and Elite PDC will attend a Development Day at the Football Development Centre. Here, the teenagers will have the opportunity to advance their football skills, work with different coaches and take part in a series of internal fixtures.
Elsewhere, the U9-U12 Boys’ Elite PDC will welcome teams from MK Dons at Easton and Otley College. The older age groups will also compete in a series of away fixtures against the likes of Wycombe Wanderers, Rushden & Diamonds, and Reading.
Our four-day Fit4it Junior Camp will take place at Eaton Vale Activity Centre over Easter, with over seventy 10-16 year olds attending a variety of health workshops and sporting activities.
The youngsters will have the opportunity to learn about healthy eating and well-being, build on their confidence, and make new friends.
Disability multisports sessions take place at Northgate High School, Dereham (April 3rd), Lynn Grove High School (April 4th) and Open Academy (April 6th).
CSF disability participants will enjoy various sporting activities including badminton, handball and football.
To book onto Soccer Schools or disability multisports sessions, visit our online booking facility or call 01603 761122.
Story added: 29 Mar 2017 / Read story on own page »