March 31 2015 Latest news:
Friday, May 9, 2014
More than £60,000 of funding raised at a charity football match last year provided five times that amount in support for disabled people in sport, according to the Community Sports Foundation.
The CSF is the official charity partner of Norwich City Football Club and helps over 30,000 people every year achieve their goals through sport - supporting some of the most disadvantaged, disabled and talented people across Norfolk.
It delivers its outcome through its seven themes - football, sport, health, disability, social engagement, schools and education.
They support Norwich City Downs Syndrome Football Team, Norwich City Powerchair Football Team, adult day care centres and weekly sports activities for disadvantaged young people.
David McNally, Mick Dennis and Jake Humphrey act as trustees for the foundation, while Delia Smith, Darren Eadie and Craig Fleming serve as ambassadors.
Music, television and sport stars flocked to Carrow Road last May to take part in Jamie’s Game.
Around 7,000 fans turned out to take part in the event, which saw 17-year-old Jamie Abbott - ambassador for the charity and face of the event - score the winning goal in a dramatic last-minute penalty.
Ticket sales managed to raise the initial amount, but partnerships with other organisations ensured that further funding boosted the total amount going to local causes to £300,000.
Daniel Wynne, marketing and communications officer, said: “There are a wide variety of programmes run by the Community Sports Foundation for disadvantaged and disabled people in Norfolk. These are supported by fundraising from the Sporting Light Appeal and match funding from partners.”
Mr Wynne explained that when the appeal reaches a certain amount, a figure to match it will be unlocked by various partners – including Aviva, Norfolk County Council, the Premier League and the Football League Trust.
Several groups from around the county benefitted from the additional money, including the Norwich City Downs Syndrome Football Team, Norwich City Powerchair Football team and Get Set Go Disability Holiday Camps.
Adult day care centres, weekly sport activities and the Norfolk and Norwich Children’s Hospital were also amongst those receiving support.
Now, organisers have high hopes that a second host of famous faces will top last year’s success – with teams preparing to take on the challenge on at the end of the month.
Jamie’s Game 2 will happen on May 25, the day after another event organised by ex-Canary Darren Eadie’s company Sellebrity Events – a performance from UK pop band The Hoosiers at OPEN Norwich as part of their Tour From Nowhere.
Aiming to please football fans as well as music lovers, the Atlético Madrid v Real Madrid UEFA Champions League Final match will be broadcast on the big screen before the number one band perform live.
• The Hoosiers will perform at OPEN Norwich on Saturday, May 24. Doors open at 7pm.
Tickets for the performance and the Champions League Final are £10 and are available from the OPEN Norwich Box Office on London Street or by calling 01603 763111.
• Jamie’s Game 2 will take place at Carrow Road at 3pm on Sunday, May 25.
General sale tickets are priced at £1 for under-17s and £10 for adults and are available here or through the Norwich City ticket office on 0844 8261902.
We are giving you the opportunity to win two tickets to the match or to a The Hoosiers gig the night before.
Click here for your chance to enter.