Foundation launch volunteer drive | Norwich City Community Sports Foundation

Story added: 3rd June 2024

Our new volunteering programme called MyClub offers access a range of benefits

Canary fans are being asked to consider volunteering with the Norwich City Community Sports Foundation, as part of a drive to help boost the charity’s vital work in the local community. 

The Foundation, Norwich City Football Club’s official charity partner, is looking for volunteers to lend a hand in the running of its community programmes and events. 

To do so, a new volunteering programme called MyClub, supported by the Premier League Fans Fund, has been launched, offering access to matchday tickets, kit and a range of other rewards and incentives. 

The launch of MyClub coincides with National Volunteers’ Week (3rd to 9th June). 

As part of the week, the charity is shining the spotlight on current volunteers, in the hope they can inspire others to make a difference.  

These include Ronnie Moulton and Nicol Nicholls, two City fans who both volunteer at the Foundation’s weekly dementia support group Duncan’s Club, and Sue Quantrill, who volunteers at fundraising events and on community programmes.

Watch: Volunteering at Duncan's Club

Ronnie Moulton and Nicol Nicholls share their experiences of volunteering at the charity’s dementia support group.

Jenna LaRiviere, the Foundation’s Volunteer Manager, said: 

“We work with over 43,000 people every year, including some of Norfolk’s most vulnerable people. To allow us to help even more people, the support and dedication of more volunteers is vital.

“There’s no commitment or minimum hours required upon signing up to MyClub – it might be just for an hour or two, every now and again.

“Volunteers come to us from all different backgrounds, and everyone has their own motivation. Some may have family members who are personally impacted by our work, others are simply looking to develop skills, build friendships and enjoy new experiences.

“For those who are interested in kickstarting a career in football and sports coaching, MyClub is a great way to gain valuable experience. Our volunteer coaches can benefit from support, workshops and assessments, and learn from some of the charity’s own experienced coaches and staff.”

Nicol Nicholls, who volunteers at the Foundation’s dementia support group Duncan’s Club, said: 

“Volunteering is so rewarding. It can be something as small as a smile. It can be a person coming into a session and saying “I’ve missed you this week!” I do it not for the gratitude but because I love it and I want to make a difference.

“I’ve had to seek help before, and I’ve been in a position where I’ve needed support, so if I can be that to someone else, that’s such a worthwhile thing.”

Volunteer Sue Quantrill added: 

“I started volunteering with the Foundation in September 2022 at Duncan’s Club. It has grown so much as a programme, and without fail, brings a smile to my face every week.

“I now volunteer when I can at Foundation events, too. I love the community feel and the friends that I have made. It feels great to support others.”

As part of MyClub, regular volunteers will enjoy access to match day tickets, special rewards and incentives, as well as receiving official branded kit. 

Canaries right-back Jack Stacey is among the charity’s volunteers, spending an hour every week with disabled children and adults enrolled in the charity’s life-skills programme, Realising Potential. 

Earlier this year, City forward Ashley Barnes surprised volunteer Alex Fearne, who – along with Dad Andrew, and case worker Melvin – help maintain The Nest’s vegetable patch.

The Premier League Charitable Fund has funded the creation of MyClub, with ongoing support also provided by the Sky Bet English Football League.

Find out more

The Community Sports Foundation will have a stand at the Give it a Go! Volunteering Extravaganza at The Forum on June 7th (10.30am to 4pm), or alternatively you can email [email protected] 

Sign up  

To register your details, fill out the form here

Register during National Volunteers Week (3rd-9th June) and we’ll automatically enter you into a prizedraw. A signed Norwich City Football Club ball is up for grabs!

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"To allow us to help even more people, the support and dedication of more volunteers is vital."

Jenna LaRiviere

Volunteer Manager

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