Ludham pupils are on the ball with yellow and green fundraiser for The Nest appeal
- Credit: Nick Butcher
A school became as yellow and green as Carrow Road on a Saturday afternoon as pupils proved they were thoroughly on the ball with a fundraising campaign.
Pupils at Ludham Primary School donned the famous colours of Norwich City for a day as they lent their support to The Nest campaign.
The campaign from the Community Sports Foundation is raising money towards a new sports facility on the former Anglian Windows site in Horsford, which will be named after the club’s previous home.
For the project to become a reality, £1.1m needs to be raised, and with headteacher Heather Delf serving as an advisory partner of the scheme, pupils of the school were keen to do their bit.
Pupils paid a pound each to ditch their uniform for a day and don yellow and green, with even the schools three Ipswich Town fans getting behind the day.
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Mrs Delf said: “As a partner school of the Community Sports Foundation the club do so much for us - we have coaches come in for PE lessons and after school clubs, so this is our way of giving something back.
“The Nest is a project we are fully behind and would be able to make use of when it is built, so we are keen to help any way we can.”
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As well as the yellow and green dress code, the school organised a number of other fundraising initiatives for the day, including cake sales - compete with yellow and green icing - and a memorabilia auction.
In the afternoon, CSF community fundraising manager Joe Harvey visited to school to give a special assembly, providing the school with a sneak peak of what The Nest could look like.
Mrs Harvey added: “We are really keen to raise as much money as we can for the facility.
“The children have really got behind the day and were very excited to wear their yellow and green clothes.”
The Nest project was unveiled in July last year and would see the existing clubhouse on the site renovated and seven new grass football pitches laid out.
Further fundraising events
The school was contributing to a long list of fundraising events for the project.
The marquee event for the project takes place at Carrow Road on Sunday, May 20, celebrating the 25th anniversary of City’s UEFA Cup run.The event will see a team of club legends including Darren Huckerby, Iwan Roberts and Grant Holt take on a team of Inter Milan stars.
Another big fundraising event is the annual Run Norwich, a 10km road race around the streets of Norwich on Sunday, August 5.
The annual Jamie’s Game fundraiser is also set to return in support of the appeal, although the date remains to be confirmed.
Community Sports Foundation staff and volunteers are also taking on a series of challenges, including a skydive, various endurance tests, quizzes and a cycle race.
Also, in October, CSF ambassador and ex-City striker Dean Ashton is hosting a golf day at Sprowston Manor.