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Norwich Academy midfielder using free time to help others

7 Jun 2020
Saxon Earley, Norwich City

As part of Volunteers Week, Saxon Earley explains why he wanted to help pack food parcels during the coronavirus crisis

While first-team players at Premier League clubs are back in training ahead of the season restart, academy players are still unable to play and have time on their hands.

With that in mind, Norwich City youngster Saxon Earley decided last week to do what he could to help others in the community during the coronavirus pandemic.

The Under-18s midfielder offered hands-on assistance to the SOUL Foundation, which is massively increasing the number of food parcels being delivered to vulnerable people who are at risk of going hungry.

The Canaries youngster is only one of the people around the country who have selflessly stepped in and lent a hand with community initiatives during the crisis, and whose contributions are being celebrated during Volunteers' Week.

'Extremely rewarding'

"I volunteered to do this last week because I felt like it was a good use of my time in this current situation and it felt great to be able to help others," Earley told Norwich's official website.

"I helped pack the boxes of food to be distributed around Norwich to help the less fortunate people of the community.

"The experience was great, being around other volunteers, knowing we're all doing the same thing for the same cause.

"I found it extremely rewarding and I've planned to do it a lot more in the future."

Teamwork

Earley's efforts are typical of his club's collective response to the coronavirus crisis.

Norwich players, staff and directors have donated over £200,000 to local causes, while food parcels have been delivered to people in need and donations have been made to a foodbank.

See: How our clubs show support in the community

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