Norwich City Community Sports Foundation opens first phase of new hub which will reach 12,000 people every year

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The first phase of The Nest, Norwich City Community Sports Foundation's new community hub, was officially opened by Norwich City midfielder, Louis Thompson and BT Sport presenter, Jake Humphrey in Norfolk recently. Their new facility was made possible thanks to investment from the Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund, which is delivered by the Football Foundation.

The Nest ribbon cutting with from left to right, Andrew Proctor, Leader of Norfolk County Council, Paul Knowles, Chairman of Norwich City Community Sports Foundation, Norwich City midfielder, Louis Thompson and BT Sport presenter, Jake Humphrey.

The grant has enabled Community Sport Foundation (CSF), Norwich City Football Club's official charity partner, to rejuvenate a disused sports facility on the edge of the city, renovating the existing clubhouse and changing rooms and relaying seven grass football pitches. The Nest has catering and accommodation facilities for up to 70 people, as well as office and meeting space for the use of CSF staff and visiting organisations.

A huge range of local people will use the current phase of the site, including grassroots football teams and CSF-run projects for disadvantaged and disabled people, while a fundraising campaign has been launched to raise £2.4 million pounds towards the total cost of a second phase.

The completed project is set to feature a floodlit third generation (3G) artificial grass pitch (AGP), a gym, and classroom facilities and would see the Foundation reach an additional 12,000 people every year.

Norwich City Community Sports Foundation were awarded a £495,000 grant from the Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund towards phase one of the project. CSF worked alongside the Football Foundation and the Norfolk County FA to compile a five-year Football Development Plan, which is a vision of how sport will be played on site with an emphasis on increasing participation.

CSF will use the new facility to address five key priorities; physical activity and health, increasing sports participation, disability sport, employment and lifelong learning for young people.

Phase one will see over 50 grassroots teams use the football pitches, which will also host training courses, school events, and a wide range of CSF activities. Over 2,600 people a year will use the bunk boxes (which will provide accommodation for short two to four day residential training courses) and clubhouse for residential camps, community events and business conferencing.

You can read the full article from the Football Foundation HERE