Open training magic
Disability participants enjoy Carrow Road session with first-team players
A group of young people with a range of disabilities were given the chance of a lifetime this morning, as they were invited to join the Norwich City first team at the end of their open training session at Carrow Road.
The young Canary fans were participants from the Community Sports Foundation’s disability sessions such as Cerebral Palsy football, Hearing Impaired football, and the Canary Club for young people with disabilities, and once Alex Neil and his coaching team had put the players through their paces, the special guests were invited onto the hallowed turf for a kick around, which quickly developed into a light-hearted match.
Highlights of the session included a penalty shoot-out with recent signing Michael McGovern in goal, and exuberant celebrations from Russell Martin and Kyle Lafferty.
The group were all presented with a new home kit before the session, and autograph books, which were soon filled with first-team signatures.
Emma Fletcher, Charity Fundraising Officer at the Community Sports Foundation, said:
“The Foundation and the first team provide a handful of special experiences like this over the course of the season with the help of technical director Ricky Martin and the coaching team.
“The players really enjoy their part in these days, and understand the impact that a little bit of their time can have on the young people involved. Everybody has had a great time today and there are a lot of smiling faces about."
The Community Sports Foundation is Norwich City Football Club’s official charity and uses sport and positive activities to improve the lives of disabled and disadvantaged people around Norfolk. The Foundation relies on the support of local businesses and fundraising events such as the Coastal Walk Challenge, the Dean Ashton Golf Day, and the recent Run Norwich 10K road race through the city centre.
A gallery of photos from the day is available here.
Story added: 18 Aug 2016