Community Week case study snapshots
Six participants explain how CSF has helped them through a time in need
The club's annual Community Week was a chance to raise awareness of the thousands of individuals and groups who benefit from the Community Sports Foundation's (CSF) initiatives and programmes. Below are the stories of six participants who have been supported by the Foundation.
17-year-old Aaron Cahill (pictured below, left) began his National Citizen Service (NCS) journey last Summer and it has been a very valuable experience for him. He has not only been selected as a team leader but has also become a member of the NCS Youth Board. Aaron claims the programme is the ‘best thing he could ever have done.’
“I was a quiet, sheltered teenager before I said ‘YES’ to NCS. Now, I am a young man who has so much confidence and grasps every opportunity I am given.”
Tom Rumsey (above, right) is a Level 1 student on CSF's Futsal Scholarship Programme. When he started the course, he was very reserved and had low confidence levels. Now, Tom has come out of his shell, something he thought he would never do as he suffered from various medical issues growing up.
“The Futsal programme has taught me that I shouldn’t sit back and let my medical problems get the better of me – I should test myself, continue to work hard and do myself proud.”
Thanks to CSF, talented footballer Lauren Hemp (below, left) was given the opportunity to play in the Boys’ Elite Player Development Centre. Being the only girl, Lauren found this difficult at first but she now feels the boys have accepted her and that playing for the squad has significantly furthered her development. Lauren is currently representing the England U16s squad against the likes of Czech Republic and Italy.
“Being the only girl was challenging at first but I soon gained the boys’ respect; I find training with them very rewarding.”
Todd Cantwell (above, right) attended the Boys’ Player Development Centre where he was scouted for the Norwich City FC Academy. He is now a member of the youth team and has made regular appearances for the U21 team this season. Todd has recently signed his first professional contract with the club.
"The PDC was the perfect stepping stone to help me to progress onto the Academy and I would recommend it to any young player."
Premier League 4 Sport participant, Loise Alicumen (pictured below, left), moved to Norwich last year from Leeds. The PL4S programme has enabled Loise to feel more settled in the area; he has made a lot of new friends who he now socialises with outside the sessions and has seen a vast improvement in his basketball skills.
“I was struggling to find new friends before attending the basketball training. Now, not only have I met a lot of new people but I have been asked to represent the college for tournaments and league games.”
Street Life Soccer (SLS) participant Billy Howes (above, right) became homeless as a result of a relationship breakdown. He found out about the SLS programme through staff at the Herring Housing Trust and started attending in 2014. He is now studying for his FA Level 2 Coaching qualification with a view to him coming to work for CSF full-time.
"Street Life Soccer has helped me to turn my life around and opened many doors. I am now feeling happy, motivated and positive about my future.”
Story added: 07 Apr 2016