We are proud to support the Community Sports Foundation as our chosen charity
The Community Sports Foundation aims to support and inspire the local community. It helps thousands of people every year achieve their goals through sport.
The Foundation’s objectives include:
- Promoting inclusion for people with disabilities
- Boosting mental health and wellbeing
- Supporting disadvantaged people in raising their aspirations
- Developing community engagement
In Norfolk, 20% of the population has a disability, higher than the national average, which is why the Foundation provides inclusive environments that meet the needs of those taking part in sports, such as football, swimming, and dance. The Foundation also provides opportunities for people with disabilities to watch Norwich City Football Club in action, boosting social activity and wellbeing.
The Foundation uses the physical and social benefits of sports to improve people’s mental health and wellbeing. This helps combat loneliness, anxiety, and inactivity. The charity runs sessions for a range of people to help keep them active and engaged in sports, including the Run for Me group, the Extra Time group for over 55s, and the Walking Football programme.
The charity seeks to inspire disadvantaged people and uses the power of sport to engage with harder-to-reach groups and individuals, encouraging them to raise their aspirations and achieve their potential. This includes the Premier League Kicks programme, which provides sports sessions and educational workshops. They also work with asylum seekers and refugees to help them make social connections in their new home city.
The Foundation operates a range of affordable services focussing on engagement with the local community, including its School Sport Programme and kids’ courses. This helps children to be active and improve their confidence and social skills. They also run the Premier League Inspires programme, aimed at raising aspirations, attainment and attendance in school.
Their newly-opened hub, The Nest, is now the venue for much of their community work, along with Carrow Park. Many of their facilities are available for external use and hire, providing the charity with vital income.