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.

Canaries Trust at Royal Norfolk Show Trust is delighted to announce that we shall be at the Royal Norfolk Show on both days 26th and 27th June 2019.
We will be located inside the Norwich City tent with the Guess The Square competition, where you can win some NCFC prizes.  There will also be the return of the popular Roll-a-Ball game, with a chance to also win some great prizes.

Board members of the Canaries Trust will also be there to chat to, and to answer any questions.  You will also be able to join the Trust on the day.We look forward to seeing you all there

Change to Canaries Trust Secretary

At the Trust’s recent AGM, held on the 14th March, Mike Reynolds formally stepped down as Secretary of the Canaries Trust, a position he has held since the Trust was formed back in 2002.

We are delighted to announce that Kathy Blake has been elected to replace Mike with immediate effect.

The Trust’s board wishes to thank Mike for all his hard work and dedication over the last 17 years and to also wish him all the best for his retirement.

Chairman Robin Sainty presented Mike with a personalised wine case, glass and a distinctive set of Norwich City inspired Russian dolls.

Canaries Trust Dip for CSF

Boxing Day – traditionally a day for reflecting on how much you consumed on Christmas Day, maybe a leisurely stroll to work off those Christmas excesses and, for one year only, three hardy Trust souls braving the North Sea! What seemed like a good idea back in relatively balmy October, seemed a lot less sensible as we were stood on the sands at Mundesley, looking at the ominous grey clouds circling and trying to work out how long it would take to lose feeling in our toes!!

The Chairman came prepared with his Neoprene wetsuit and apres-DrySuit (some would say that’s cheating, in hindsight it was probably genius!), myself and Kathy came prepared with a never-say-die attitude and a friend who was a cameraman – good planning Kathy!

A quick photo with the CSF crew and then we were preparing ourselves to enter the fray!! And enter we did – Kathy went for a full on run into the waves and didn’t appear to stop for quite some time, I lost sight of Robin early on and I managed to make a not-so-gracious splash into the Sea as I lost my balance on the shingle – so much for only going in up to my waist!!

Despite the Chairman’s initial reservations, he gleefully went back for more, with Kathy and myself shaking our heads in disbelief!!

What’s equally hard to believe is how much money we raised – all for chucking ourselves into the North Sea, albeit a very chilly North Sea.

As at the date of this article, we are sitting at £1379.88, which is not only an incredible amount in itself, it’s far more than I thought we’d raise!! Thanks to each and every one of you who has sponsored us, no matter how great or small an amount. It is genuinely appreciated, not just by ourselves but by the Community Sports Foundation, who will be using these funds towards their #buildthenest project.

Now who’s up for a Dip on Boxing Day 2019!?

For further information about the Community Sports Foundation and their Nest project, please take a look at the following:

If you wish to sponsor us, there’s still time for us to break the £1400 mark – please take a look at our Just Giving page:

Thanks again.
Mandie Thorpe
Vice Chair

The Canaries Trust Visits The Nest


This week the Canaries Trust Board held their regular monthly meat The Nest and took the opportunity to meet the tour de force behind the project, Jackie Thornton.

You really can’t help but be captured by the enthusiasm that Jackie brings to the project, bringing to life the transformation from the former Anglian Windows Social Club venue, eventually a multi-purpose community hub.

When completed the Nest will feature an indoor sports hall, a gymnasium, a floodlit 3G football pitch, classroom facilities. The clubhouse will be renovated (some of which has already taken place), with the installation of residential “bunk boxes” and the relaying of seven grass football pitches, which was completed this summer.

To make this fantastic facility a reality though means that they need to raise £2.5m and have therefore launched a public fundraising campaign #buildthenest.

Every donation, large or small, will contribute to getting this huge and unprecedented project over the finish line, to provide a fantastic asset to the community around Norwich and Norfolk.

Jackie talked us through some of t the Nest will change lives, including:

Tackling Norfolk’s inactivity:

* Each year, 1,000 people will access a 60 station all- inclusive community gym.
* Each year, 650 people with disabilities will take part in sports and physical activity, supported by our skilled team.
* Each year, 6,000 grassroots footballers of all ages and abilities will use the 3G and renovated grass pitches.

Boosting Social Mobility.

* Each year, 250 Young people will study and train with our football and education programmes.
* Each year, 135 vulnerable adults who are homeless or unemployed will improve their skills and increase their life chances with us.
* 27 Full time equivalent jobs will be created and 600 people a year will be supported in work related training.

Improving Health and Well-Being:

* Each year, 320 over 55’s will take part in sports and social sessions such as the Extra Time project.
* Each year, 70 people suffering from mental and physical illness will access support activities and services such as dementia cafes health fit clubs.
* Each year, 100 children and young people will take part in our Fit4It healthy lifestyle programme.

The Trust are proud to support such a wonderful project and would recommend taking a proper look at:

Chair, Robin Sainty, Vice Chair, Mandie Thorpe, plus  Kathy Blake, are braving the North Sea on Boxing Day to help raise funds. If you could spare a pledge for our ‘3 Degrees’ please take a look at our Just Giving page:

If you are able to spare a donation or even your time to help at their fundraising events, please contact the Community Sports Foundation and help them to #buildthenest

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

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.