CSF chief spurred on by Canaries’ visit to Florida friends

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‘At the same time the football club are ingrained now to help us get to that point and all we’d ask of the Norfolk people, it’s no different to what the Americans have done here,

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Norwich City’s time in Tampa has provided fresh enthusiasm for the fund-raising challenges of 2019 for the Community Sports Foundation.

The charity’s chief executive, Ian Thornton, was among the party of almost 100 players, staff, supporters and corporate partners who made the trip to Florida late last year.

While the trip acted as a warm weather break for Daniel Farke’s team, it was also a fact-finding and networking opportunity for the club’s senior staff. That included visits to the Tampa Bay sports clubs; American football franchise the Buccaneers, ice hockey team the lightning, baseball outfit the Rays and soccer side the Rowdies.

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CSF spurred on by City’s visit to Florida friends

‘I was really impressed with how the values are lived out by the owners, the leaders and the staff,’ Thornton said, as work towards CSF’s new community hub, The Nest, continues.

‘That’s instrumental for our football club, if we want to make it the best experience possible for our fans and partners, if we work together we can make a lot happen.

‘Seeing the things they’ve achieved by having that attitude probably inspired me the most. I’ve seen the importance of things like engaging their players in the community more, we do that, so I don’t think we’re vastly different, so being out here helps us to see we’re on the right track.’

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