Matchday magic at Carrow Road
Disability participants enjoy memorable day
Norwich City FC and Barnsley FC fans welcomed participants from the Community Sports Foundation’s (CSF) disability programmes at Carrow Road on Saturday, giving them a rousing reception on the pitch during the half time break.
Twenty-seven participants from CSF’s Down’s Syndrome (DS) team and Disability Match Day Club were introduced to the crowd before parading in front of the South and Barclay stands.
The half time procession was one of a number of match day activities carried out by the Foundation on the day.
Saturday’s activities also included a fixture at the Carrow Park Family FanZone between the Norwich City DS football squad and their counterparts from the Crystal Palace Foundation.
CSF Trustee Mick Dennis was the special guest referee at the match. He reflected:
“I have to collect my thoughts because it’s quite emotional now the game has stopped. It means so much to the boys and girls who played here today - they’ve got so much from it.
“It was an absolute joy to meet both DS teams today and I would highly recommend supporters to come along to theses fixtures in the future, not only to see firsthand what is done for our community but also because you will feel as moved as I do now.”
Across the stadium, over 40 volunteers including CSF staff and participants from the charity’s Street Life Soccer and disability programmes showed their support for the Foundation by taking part in a ground collection, which saw over £1800 raised.
CSF Fundraising Officer Emma Fletcher said:
“A massive thank you to everyone who donated and volunteered, to Mick for refereeing our DS fixture and the Crystal Palace Foundation for spending this very special day with us.
“I would also like to express my gratitude to every Norwich City fan and Barnsley fan who made our disability participants so welcome as they paraded around the pitch. Moments like this are so incredible!”
View a selection of photos from the day here.
Story added: 20 Mar 2017