Story added: 29th October 2019
Our recap of a busy week for the Community Sports Foundation
Build The Nest
The campaign to raise the final £1m needed to start work on Phase 2 of development at The Nest launched earlier this month, and the Manchester United fixture on the Sunday gave us the chance to put the campaign into the spotlight.
The team wore the Build The Nest hashtag on their shirts, thanks to space donated by the club’s Principal Club Partner Dafabet. An exact total raised from the game’s various fundraising initiatives – including the ground collection, corporate auctions, sales of merchandise and matchday programmes – will be announced in due course.
An event to celebrate the commitment from the Premier League to fund our Kicks programme for another three years was held at Ormiston Venture Academy in Great Yarmouth on Thursday.
The town’s Mayor Michael Jeal and Norfolk Police Senior Policy Officer Amanda Murr plus her colleagues, joined us to watch Kicks participants enjoy a special football tournament and education workshops.
The following day, girls from the Kicks programme at Dereham Northgate made the trip to Bedfordshire for fixtures against Luton Town FC Community Trust.
A busy week of development days, fixtures and tournaments kicked off with a Football Festival for U7s and U8s grassroots sides at The Nest.
For our development squads, the week saw a series of fixtures against sides including Peterborough United, Cambridge United and Norwich City RDP.
The week concluded with a Match Day Club, where a group from the PDC enjoyed the Canaries fixture against Manchester United.
Our pan-disability adult squad entertained guests from Manchester United Foundation for a fixture prior to City’s Premier League clash. After their own closely fought match at the FanZone at Carrow Park, they then enjoyed the game from the stands.
Elsewhere, a multi-sport camp at Open Academy on the Friday saw participants try a variety of different sports
Around 530 participants joined us over the half-term for one of our spooky Halloween-themed Soccer Schools, which included girls-only and goalkeepers-only specific sessions.
Two touring groups from afar made The Nest their base for an extended weekend stay.
The girls from Stamullen FC in Ireland and the boys from FC Malaga City enjoyed trips to Norwich and Carrow Road, training at The Nest and a number of fixtures against squads for the Foundation.