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Jamie′s Game V

Spectacular second-half comeback was the talking point at fifth charity football match

The Community Sports Foundation’s annual fundraiser pitted two teams of celebrities against each other, led this year by managers Sam Bailey (X-Factor) and Jacqueline Jossa (Eastenders).

Over 6,500 fans witnessed an action-packed affair, filled with goals, penalties and plenty of entertaining and memorable moments. 

The game, run in association with former Darren Eadie’s Sellebrity, was set up to raise funds and awareness for the Foundation's work with disabled and disadvantaged individuals.

This year’s line-up welcomed back firm favourites Jim Chapman, Calum Best and Jake Wood, among others; as well as a number of debutants, including Sam Bailey and Rudimental trio Piers, Leon & Kesi. 

Following a cagey start, it was Jacqueline Jossa’s side who struck first: Celebrity Big Brother star and pro-footballer Jamie O’Hara curling the ball home emphatically, when the ball fell to him just outside of the box.  Last year’s Man of the Match Max Morley doubled his side's advantage in the 32-minute, following good work from Dan Osborne.  Bailey XI didn’t have any answers to the attacking prowess of their opponents, and two soon turned into four - Dan Osborne and Aaron Sidwell both adding their names to a one-sided looking scoresheet.

Four-nil down at the half, it would require the introduction of a crowd favourite to reverse the fortunes for Bailey XI. 

Calum Best, who tweeted his apologies for missing the first half due to transport issues, took to the field in time for the second half and not only did his appearance on the touchline rejuvenate the crowd, he proved to be the catalyst for a stirring comeback.

Team Bailey found the net six times in the second-half, thanks to a spectacular strike from TOWIE’s Dan Edgar, braces from Man of the Match Harvey and Kesi Dryden, and a calm finish from Jake Wood. 

The comeback was no doubt aided by an injury enforced substitution for Jossa XI which saw James Argent assume goalkeeping duties off Gavin Ramjaun, and a red card for Eastenders’ star Aaron Sidwell following a ‘scuffle’ with his on screen dad Jake Wood. 

No Jamie’s Game is complete without a magic moment for namesake Jamie Abbott, and it was his penalty in the 88th minute which completed the comeback for Bailey XI. It wasn’t yet to be the fairy-tale finish, as there was just enough time for Dan Osborne to nod home a late equaliser.

For the second time in Jamie’s Game history, the match went to penalties. It proved to be an unlikely culprit who missed the only penalty, all-time Jamie’s Game top goalscorer Dan Osborne, and the stage was set once more for Jamie Abbott.

He duly obliged, dispatching his penalty with ease and sparking wild celebrations from Team Bailey.

Away from the match action, entertainment was provided by folk singer Sam Kelly, the Rock Choir, TheatreTrain Norwich, as well as dance groups East Coast Emeralds, the Angel Baton Twirlers and CSF’s disability dance All-Stars. A cast of comic book heroes and mascots, provided by HeroHireHQ, was a new and popular addition for the younger members of the crowd

The Community Sports Foundation wishes to thank match sponsors Fisher Healthcare Training Ltd, Errea, 4 Sports Group and CMB Multimedia. 

Match summary 

Sunday 21st May 2017

Sam Bailey XI 7-7 Jacqueline Jossa XI (Bailey XI wins 5-3 on pens)

 Attendance: 6,504

Bailey XI

Terry Alderton (GK); Sam Bailey, Adam Drury, Jimmy Constable, Scott Robinson, Harvey, Jay James, Jake Wood (C), James Hill, Dean Gaffney, Kevin Cooper, Dan Edgar, Kesi Dryden, Leon Rolle, Tom Sellers

Jossa XI

Gavin Ramjaun (GK); Darren Kenton, Daz Everest, Jim Chapman, James Argent, Jamie O’Hara, Max Morley, Dan Osborne (C), Darren Eadie, Sam Kelly, Danny-Boy Hatchard, Leon Bustin, Stevi Ritchie, Aaron Sidwell, Piers Agget, Ian Haste

Bailey XI scorers:

Jake Wood (’48), Harvey (’54, pen ’56), Dan Edgar (’66), Kesi Dryden (’77, ’83), Jamie Abbott (pen ’88)

Jossa XI scorers:

Jamie O’Hara (’10), Max Morley (’32), Aaron Sidwell (’43), Leon Bustin (’46), Dan Osborne (2: 42’, ’89), James Argent (pen ’63)

Red card: Aaron Sidwell (’80)


SCORED Leon Rolle (Bailey) 1-0

SCORED James Argent (Jossa) 1-1

SCORED Calum Best (Bailey) 2-1

SCORED Aaron Sidwell (Jossa) 2-2

SCORED Jake Wood (Bailey) 3-2

MISSED Dan Osborne (Jossa) 3-2

SCORED Harvey (Bailey) 4-2

SCORED Jamie O’Hara (Jossa) 4-3

SCORED Jamie Abbott (Bailey) 5-3

Match officials: Referee - Mr Mike George; Assistant Referees - Mr Alex Guy, Mr Murray Grant; Fourth Official – Mr Ben Willgress

Man of the matchHarvey.

Story added: 22 May 2017 / Read story on own page »

Canary Legend Eleven

City legends assemble for charity football match

Former Canary favourites returned to Norwich City FC last Thursday for the Community Sports Foundation’s (CSF) inaugural charity ‘Canary Legend Eleven’ match.

The game saw fans and players take to the pitch to raise money for disadvantaged and disabled people across the county.

Former club captain Adam Drury joined Dean Ashton, Grant Holt, Adrian Forbes, Matt Gill, Darren Kenton and Ryan Jarvis on the day. He reflected: 

“Getting back with my old team mates for the legends match was really special. City had a strong link with the community back when I was playing and it’s great to see that feeling is still apparent.”

A selection of representatives from the Foundation’s Street Life Soccer (SLS) programme and Disability Elite Player Development Centre (EPDC) also took part in the 90-minute fixture.

Grant Holt poses for a photo with participantDarren Kenton on the pitch

The match was closely fought with Holt XI narrowly winning 6-5. Drury XI looked to have rescued the game by taking it into extra time but Grant Holt’s injury time strike secured the win for his side.

Drury continued: 

“The money raised from the game is going to make a real difference to lives in the local community, including some of the Foundation’s participants who played with us today. It was great to have them out on the pitch with us.”

In addition to the matchday experience complete with scoreboard and entrance music, players also had access to the Players Lounge, tunnel and were treated to a post-match meal in Delia Smith’s restaurant, Yellows.

Tom Smith with the Man of the MatchRussell Martin and Adam DruryCSF Trustee Tom Smith (above, left with Man of the Match Joe Atkinson) and City skipper Russell Martin (above, right) were among special guests at the event.

To find out more about 'Canary Legend Eleven' or to sign up for next year's event click here or contact

Story added: 16 May 2017 / Read story on own page »

CSF launch new partnership

Ormiston Denes Academy is first Suffolk-based CSF Community Hub

Today, the Community Sports Foundation (CSF) welcomed Ormiston Denes Academy as their latest and first Suffolk-based ‘Community Hub’. 

Former Norwich City FC professional and Canaries Hall of Famer Adam Drury was the special guest, joining Academy staff and pupils as well as representatives from CSF for the formal proceedings of the launch.

The new 'Hub' status will see students benefit from a number of the Foundation’s programmes including Kicks and Premier League 4 Sport, which offers free weekly sports activities and educational workshops. 

Other programmes available to the students include the National Citizen Service which provides young people with the opportunity to take part in residential camps and volunteering projects in their local communities. 

Vice Principal Tony Bown commented:

"We are delighted to be working closely with CSF, and proud to be the first Community Hub in Suffolk. We’re excited about the range of opportunities this will bring our students, and are happy to welcome the football club and the Foundation to our Academy."

Kicks Glow sessionStudents engage in a health sessionPupils had a taste of the programmes available at the launch, taking part in a Glow Kicks session (above, left) and a CSF-led health workshop (above, right).

Stuart Aldous, Head of PE added:

"I think our students will greatly benefit from the enrichment activities on offer within our community, on their doorstep. I am proud to be part of putting the partnership together and I know every student deserves these opportunities provided to to be physically active, through high quality coaching, teaching and learning; a philosophy at the heart of our PE department."

Ormiston Denes Academy joins Stalham High School, East Norfolk Sixth Form and Great Yarmouth High School as recent CSF Community Hubs, taking the total number to twelve in the Eastern region.

Story added: 27 Apr 2017 / Read story on own page »

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.”

James MaddisonJames Maddison

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 »

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