Friday 18 October 2013
Norwich City striker Ricky van Wolfswinkel gave a local school a boost by visiting to open a sensory garden for pupils with significant and complex needs.
"Football players and clubs have to set an example, and to do something like this together with the Sporting Light Appeal is great"
Ricky van Wolfswinkel
The garden, at the Hall School in Old Catton, was helped by a grant from the club's charitable organisation, the Community Sports Foundation.
The Foundation's Sporting Light Appeal raises money for disadvantaged and disabled people in Norfolk to enjoy the benefits of sport. Past fundraising events have included a Dean Ashton Golf Day, a celebrity football match and the Coastal Walk Challenge.
The £400 grant the Appeal gave to the garden allowed Hall School to buy materials to renovate the area and install fixtures such as wind chimes, a sandpit and a sound tube.
The garden was designed and created by 15 young people from the school who took part in the National Citizen Service scheme in the summer and Van Wolfswinkel, who joined Norwich from Sporting Lisbon in the summer, received a tour and met the pupils who will benefit from the new facility.
"A lot of work has been put into this and it looks great," Van Wolfswinkel said. "The kids enjoy it, which is the most important thing.
"The kids seemed really happy showing me around the garden and with me being there. It was lovely to be there. Football players and football clubs have to set an example and to do something like this together with the Sporting Light Appeal is great."
Others to have benefited from the Sporting Light Appeal include a £1,000 grant to allow local footballers Gemma Newson and Laura Wiseman to attend the Deaflympics in Bulgaria as part of the Great Britain team. The Appeal has also supported and funded the adult and under-16 Norwich City CSF Down’s Syndrome teams, while assisting Paralympic swimming gold medallist Jessica-Jane Applegate with her training and competition costs.
All clubs within the Premier League and some former members of the competition run programmes to help local children. Click on the links to the right for the club community department nearest to you for more information.