Trust Supports 2nd Phase of The Nest

Members of the Canaries Trust board were delighted to be invited by the Community Sports Foundation to their fund raising launch night for the 2nd phase of The Nest.

Any monies raised and donated towards Phase 2 will be matched, pound for pound by Norwich City Football Club. The CSF #helpbuildthenest campaign aims to raise up to £500,000.

The formal launch at the forthcoming Manchester United home game will see the Club’s principal shirt sponsor, Dafabet, being replaced by the #BuildTheNest logo.

Let’s get behind the CSF and do all we can to help them raise the last £1m they need to build phase 2 of this awesome facility.

For more information of The Nest and on phase two of the project please follow this link:


Sleep Out at Carrow Road.

Could you spend one night outside so others don’t have to? Challenge yourself and help the Benjamin Foundation to end youth homelessness in Norfolk.

On Thursday 14th November 2019 the Benjamin Foundation will be holding the annual Sleep Out event at Carrow Road.

The Trust fully supports this event and we will be looking at getting members to either take part or sponsor people in taking part in this event leading up to it. The Benjamin Foundation told the board at our last meeting

”We’re inviting Norwich City fans to take part in a very different fixture at Carrow Road. Join us for a night out in November to raise money and help us prevent more vulnerable young adults in Norfolk ending up on the streets.”

If you wish to register to take part in the event you can sign up at

Board Members Take Tour of Carrow Road

Prior to the main board meeting on 27th August, the Canaries Trust board took a tour of Carrow Road taking in all the aspects of the ground.

Starting by walking round the outside of the parameter of the pitch and talking through the history of the ground. Moving onto being able to sit in the dug out. We then took in the dressing rooms, the directors box and the very full trophy cabinet, including a new copy of the Championship trophy.

These tours are available to all fans and more info can be found on the clubs website at

Board Members Attend Fan Hub Launch

Board members Kris Gunns and Chris Clarke were delighted to be among the invitees to the clubs new Fan Hub launch party on the 26th August.

The new venue is located in the basement of Jarrolds Sports on Queens Street Norwich and features the full merchandise range you’d expect to find as well as an interactive zone where you can practice penalty kicks, gaming zones where you can enjoy a game of Fifa 19, A replica of Daniel Farke’s dugout chair from Carrow Road sweet shop and so much more.

Next time you are in the city why not pop in and have a look and see for yourself this marvel that the club have put into the city centre for our fans

New Membership Competition win a signed Alex Tettey Shirt

Introducing… The Canaries Trust!

The Canaries Trust is part of a growing network of Supporters Trusts throughout the UK and is run on a non-profit basis by an elected board of volunteers, with the primary purpose of raising funds to purchase shares in Norwich City Football Club on behalf of the fans.

With modern football moving from its community roots to a more corporate approach it is only by supporters holding a significant shareholding that they can be sure of having a voice on important matters.

As well as regular communications with the club, we are also actively involved via our membership of the Football Supporters’ Association on national issues, such as trying to obtain agreement from clubs to cap the price of away tickets, to combat homophobia and racism at grounds, as well as the ongoing debate about safe standing.

However, the most important reason for the Canaries Trust to exist is that players, managers and even owners come and go but through the good times and the bad, the fans are there for life.

A large fan shareholding is an insurance policy against unforeseen events at our Football Club, and currently the Canaries Trust sits as the 14th largest shareholder in the club, on behalf of our members.

On 1st February 2018 the Trust signed its historic Memorandum of Understanding with the Club, only the second British trust to do so.

So, if you want to show your support for the club by having a stake in a growing shareholding and a channel for sensible dialogue with the club on matters that fans care about, then we would love to welcome you on board.

Membership costs just £12 per year. We also have an Alex Tettey signed Away shirt from the 2018/19 Championship winning season to give away. Anyone who signs up before the 1st November will go into a draw, with the chance of winning.

Please visit, or contact Kathy at to sign up, or if you would like further information.

Kathy Blake Trust Secretary

David Powell

Like Norwich City fans everywhere the Trust were shocked and saddened to learn of the death of David Powell in a tragic accident this week.

Much as already been written about David elsewhere and there’s not much more that we can say except that a lot of our friends were his close friends and we are so very sorry.

David always supported the Trust in our competitions and events. It will be so strange not having him around anymore.

We will miss you.

Royal Norfolk Show Winner Receives Signed Shirt

Meet Charlie!

Charlie is the lucky winner of our Royal Norfolk Show competition last month. He chose number 380 which was randomly selected after the show and won a Norwich City shirt signed by this season’s Premier League squad.

Charlie is eleven years old and comes from Catfield near North Walsham. He loves playing football and is a member of his age group’s Pan-disability team. You can find out more about this worthwhile project here:

Royal Norfolk Show Winner Charlie with his signed shirt

Meeting with Club on issues relating to ground safety and the Safety Advisory Group (SAG)

Present: Ben Kensell, Andy Batley, Glenn Bate, Kathy Blake.

1.  Recent SAG meeting had been short. It was too soon to discuss closure on last season and too soon to discuss next season.

2.  A safety inspection had been carried out at Carrow Rd. Three areas were examined and given scores between 0 and 1.0. This is an excellent score

3.  Physical – despite Carrow Rd being an old stadium and the fact improvements are need it was scored 1.0. An annual survey by engineers had been satisfactory and there was no reduction in capacity needed.

4.  Management – all stewards training was up to date. Again 1.0

5.  Medical- Last year’s data can’t be shared as people’s medical history is private. Records limited to what, where and when, not who. The FL require that there are 21 First Aiders at home games including one fixed ambulance behind the Barclay which doesn’t move except in extenuating circumstances.

6.  The stadium is fully equipped with medical equipment. A fully trained nurse is present and minor surgery like stitching can be carried out at the groundBritish Red Cross was replaced with St Johns Ambulance at the start of last season and SJA will continue for the coming season. There are 5 defibrillators situated at the ground and 5 extra on match days. All of those who have had heart attacks at the ground have survived. Carrow Rd is the best place in Norfolk to have a heart attack!  Again 1.0.

7.  Au audit by Health and Safety had been carried out at the home match with Blackburn. Unfortunately, that was the game when a smoke grenade had been set off.  Nevertheless, the club passed because of the way that they handled the situation.

8.  Persistent standing is never going to go away although rail seats may be the answer. BK pointed out this was expensive with no tangible reward and who pays? Nobody is allowed to congregate around aisles.  BK and AB travelling to Wolves to observe their rail seats and to discuss implementation problems.

9.  Electrics- All electrical equipment had been tested. Health and Safety only required two stands at a time doing but NCFC had done the whole lot. Moving forward, one would be done each year.

10.  Steward training started with just basics like ‘Mr Carrow’ and fire alarms. After 4 games this is increased to NVQ level 2. The soft start is because there is a considerable drop off at the beginning so it would be a waste. Training is assessed by an external board and qualifications can be used at other clubs.

11.  Simulations are carried out in two ways: Table top and at a genuine game. 

12.  Evacuation of the stadium- Should take 8 minutes. Assessing how quickly the stadium empties after a game is a good indication, but last season people weren’t keen to leave because of the success/Farke wave etc.

13.  Preseason work – Gunn Club not quite finished yet

14.  VAR work still not completed. Where a decision is overturned a 5 second clip will be shown on the big screen with no sound. It will be trialled  at the Atalanta friendly.

After the meeting had concluded AB expressed interest in attending a Trust committee meeting. KB informed him of forthcoming dates. 

He also said he was happy to share things like safety certificates with the Trust as long as we could ensure they wouldn’t end up on social media.

He also said it may be possible for GB to attend a debrief meeting following the next SAG meeting in September. 

All of these things are dependent on confidentiality being maintained by the Trust.