June is Coastal Challenge time! This year, close to 150 fundraisers trek the 47-mile Hunstanton to Cromer route for the charity. The largest turnout the event has seen since it started in 2011, their 24-hour efforts raise over £25,000.
Current England youth internationals Aimee Palmer and Blue Wilson, who were once both part of the Foundation’s girls development programmes, take time out of their schedule to visit current participants at a session at Open Academy.
Twelve different clubs from across the country join CSF at The Nest for a pan-disability tournament. The competition featured the likes of Manchester City (City in the Community), the Chelsea FC Foundation, Arsenal Community and eventual winners Middlesbrough FC Foundation, among others.
The twentieth edition of the Summer Cup tournament, notable for being the first one played at The Nest, is held over two weekends and welcomes over 180 grassroot teams and 1,750 players from across East Anglia.
On the city centre streets of Norwich, tens of thousands of spectators cheer on a record 6,199 runners at our Run Norwich 10k event. Fundraisers running for #TeamCSF raise an additional £60,000 for the charity.
We host our first ever ‘FC Live’ event in July – a new series of interactive football coaching workshops. Over hundred coaches from grassroots clubs hear from special guest Canaries sporting director Stuart Webber, before a workshop led by coaches from the Club and the Foundation.
Ten sky-jumpers take to the skies for an adrenaline-fuelled fundraiser – among them ex-Canaries Simon Lappin, Adam Drury and Ryan Jarvis – while 22 hardy fundraisers raise over £5,000 scaling the highest mountains in Scotland, England and Wales as part of our Three Peaks Challenge.
Around 650 15-17 year olds take part in the summer programme of CSF’s National Citizen Service, and aside from friendships made, self-esteem raised and CVs boosted, they make a big difference in the local community through their social action projects.
Some of the fruits of their labour are there for all to see – a renovated youth shelter in Fitzmaurice Park, being one; while others leave their mark in other ways: care home residents treated to a day at a wildlife park, or thousands raised for local charities through cake bakes and talent shows.