City stars back Community Day against QPR
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Christoph Zimmermann wants a win double - three points against QPR and a brilliant Community Day to raise funds and awareness for the Community Sports Foundation’s (CSF) work.
Zimmermann and the rest of Daniel Farke’s squad have donated to the club’s charity partner as part of the community day celebrations.
The central defender was at Carrow Park earlier this week to launch the ‘bring a pound to the ground’ appeal, asking fans to put a pound in collection buckets around the stadium on Saturday, with a range of other events planned including a half-time parade of more than 100 community programme supporters and groups.
The club have also announced £1 from each match programme sale will also go to the CSF to support community day.
“They are doing an outstanding job for the whole community,” said Zimmermann. “It doesn’t just feel like the club and the community are pulling in the same direction, that is actually what is happening.
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“I can’t compare it to other clubs because Norwich is my only club in England but all I can say is I am happy to be part of this and it is the right approach to bring the football club and the community closer together.
“You can only be impressed how much help there is for people who need it. A couple of weeks back we played Millwall and they had their community day so you can see this awareness is going on right across the league. It gives a little more attention and awareness to the programmes and that can only help. We hope to support it with a win.”
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The CSF charity engage with more than 38,000 people every year and in September 2018 opened ‘The Nest’ community hub in Horsford to help expand their ambitious work.
CSF chief executive Ian Thornton believes community day can raise awareness as well as funds.
“We want the QPR game to be a celebration of what is happening on the pitch but what it stands for off it as well,” he said. “We’d like the fans to bring a pound to help us keep all our fundraising activities going.
“We are also launching a ‘Canary Citizen’s’ programme to allow fans to get involved as volunteers and support some of our activities. With our resources we feel we do make a difference but a day like the community day allows us to raise awareness.
“It is about making a difference but we need help so we can help others. If we can get three points on the pitch that would be even better and hopefully people will also go away valuing the work we do in the community.
“It is a chance for us as a football club to celebrate all the work we do in the community, particularly the foundation’s work in engaging with so many different groups. It is about using the power of sport and the football club to make a difference for people.
“What happens off the field is just as important as on the pitch. Christoph is a great role model and it allows our younger people, in particular, to have that connection.”
• To see the full range of work the CSF do or to get involved visit their Community Sports Foundation site