Canaries offer ticket rebates - or chance to help produce more academy stars

Norwich City fans have been given three options for their 2019-20 rebates Picture: Paul Chesterton/F

Norwich City fans have been given three options for their 2019-20 rebates Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images - Credit: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Norwich City are giving fans the option to turn their season ticket and membership rebates into donations towards the club’s academy system or official charity.

The Canaries announced on Monday that, with no professional sport taking place before June 1, and with a likelihood of the Premier League season being concluded without spectators, that it would introduce rebates - understood to potentially total almost £4million.

Now details have been released of three options for 2019-20 season tickets holders and members - of which approximately 36,000 are expected to be applicable - including two for those willing to forego their rebate.

The first is a straightforward pro-rata refund based on the remaining fixtures they are unable to attend due to football’s precautions prompted by the coronavirus pandemic.

The other two involve supporting the club’s youth academy or its official charity, the Community Sports Foundation (CSF).

In a statement released this morning, the club said: “Fans have the option to donate their pro-rata rebate to the club’s academy. The club have seen significant growth in academy productivity in recent seasons, with several youth players breaking through into the first team.

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“Donating rebates to the club’s academy will further help development in this area.”

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The third option is to help the CSF, which is facing losses of around £500,000 of income because of the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic.

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“Fans can donate rebates to the foundation to help sustain their vital community work,” the statement continued. “The foundation will also be able to claim gift aid, increasing each fan donation by 25pc.”

City say all 2019-20 season ticket holders and members will be sent a letter and an email which confirms amount of rebate they are entitled to and how to claim. The closing date for the process is Tuesday, June 30.

With uncertainty over when or if the season can resume, the Canaries’ senior staff have revealed they are bracing for a loss in income of between £18million and £35m due to football’s suspension, which began on Friday, March 13.

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