Story added: 21st December 2017

Looking back at the last twelve months


Pupils from Mile Cross Primary School enjoyed a visit from Norwich City winger Josh Murphy, while striker Cameron Jerome surprised children at St William’s Primary School. 

The Foundation launched the Kick Cancer programme, helping to support those living with or recovering from cancer.


CSF’s disability dance troupe took part in the Legacy Cheer & Dance ‘Just Believe’ competition in London. Impressing the judges, the team scooped the ‘Special Athlete Dance Award’.

Dussindale Primary School were victorious at the CSF Schools Cup while Timm Klose dropped in to an assembly at Falcon Junior School.


Norwich City fans welcomed participants from the Foundation’s disability programmes at Carrow Road, giving them a rousing reception on the pitch during the half time break.

Four life-long Canary fans and their families enjoyed a day to remember at Colney. The group watched the first team go through their paces on the training pitches before meeting the players who signed autographs, posed for photographs and gave away signed memorabilia.

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City midfielder James Maddison dropped in for a session with the Foundation at the Clare School, to mark the England Football League’s (EFL) Community Day of Action.

Blue Wilson and Kyra Robertson, from the CSF Girls’ Football Development Programme, made their football debut at international level while the CSF walking football team reached the regional semi finals of the FA Peoples Cup.

Ten families had the chance to share some quality time together and make some special memories at the inaugural Mini Coastal Challenge – over £1000 was raised.


Jamie’s Game, CSF’s annual celebrity football fundraiser, returned in May, 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.

Ormiston Denes Academy became the Foundation’s first Suffolk-based ‘Community Hub’ and former Canary favourites returned to Carrow Road for CSF’s inaugural charity ‘Canary Legend Eleven’ match.


Our ‘Extra-Timers’ relived their school days by taking part in a sports day at Carrow Park. The group donned their PE kits to see if they still had what it takes to win the three-legged race and be the first over the finishing line!

Eighty nine walkers took to the North Norfolk Coast for the sixth annual Coastal Walk Challenge, raising a staggering £30,000 for the Foundation.

Coastal Walk Challenge 2017


The Foundation unveiled plans for an exciting new facility on the site of a disused sports ground in Horsford.

‘The Nest’ project will benefit a range of groups and individuals locally, including participants on the Foundation’s programmes for disabled and disadvantaged people, grass roots football teams, and young people on the National Citizen Service (NCS) programme.

Thousands of people turned out to a sun drenched Easton and Otley College for the eighteenth Summer Cup, which saw over 200 local youth teams battle it out to be crowned champions.


Glorious blue skies and crowd-filled streets formed the majestic backdrop to Run Norwich 2017, as a record turnout of runners ran the annual city centre 10k race, raising over £140,000 for the four main race charities.

Over 700 young people celebrated their achievements with the NCS programme at a number of graduation events.

Participants from CSF’s Pan Disability team travelled to Sheffield to compete in Special Olympics GB’s tenth National Summer Games.


Local teachers and school leaders had an exclusive opportunity to see the official Premier League trophy up close at a Premier League Primary Stars launch event at Carrow Road.

Former Norwich City Girls’ Centre of Excellence (COE) player Lauren Hemp was named Vauxhall England Women’s Young Player of the Year and Canary legend Dean Ashton hosted his fifth annual golf day at Sprowston Manor Golf Club in aid of CSF.

DS fixture Derby vs Norwich


Our Down’s Syndrome (DS) football squad welcomed their counterparts from the Derby County Foundation for a set of fixtures at the Carrow Park Family FanZone and Adult Disability PDC player Owen Woodruff was selected to attend the Football Association’s (FA) Emerging Talent Camp.

Ivo Pinto visited Firside Junior School to help support the Premier League Reading Stars initiative.

The Foundation’s Walking Football and Adult Pan Disability squads headed to the capital to play their Arsenal counterparts and watch the Carabao Cup clash between the Canaries and Arsenal FC.


On the Buzzer, City! returned with a record 49 teams in attendance while a Wish Day welcomed 7 year old Callum Mickleburgh, who has a rare genetic disorder, to Carrow Road.

Norwich City unveiled plans for a special charity match against Inter Milan’s ‘Inter Forever’ side at Carrow Road in May to mark the 25th anniversary of City’s fondly remembered Uefa Cup run. 


Canary stars paid heartwarming visits to three local hospitals including the James Paget and the N&N.

The Foundation’s DS squad attended the annual opening of ‘Santa’s Grotto’ at Notcutts Garden Centre in Norwich.

A number of disability participants and their families enjoyed a festive morning with first team players at Norwich City’s training ground. 

"Thank you to everyone who helped make this year so special."

Ian Thornton

Chief Executive

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