Norwich City challenge to fund Indian dream

Norwich City supporters are being challenged to test their knowledge about the club in a quiz against former players while helping to raise enough money to provide a football pitch and training for children living in an Indian slum.

IndiaSlumFootball450Claire Atkinson is organising a Norwich City Legends quiz night in aid of the Vidiyal Trust, a Christian charity started by her mother, Pat, 20 years ago.
 
The quiz night is being held at Carrow Road on Friday, October 4 and around 150 tickets for the event are now on sale.
 
Former City defender Rob Newman is helping with the quiz night and is organising a team of former Canaries to take part in the event.
 
The Norfolk-based Vidiyal Trust already has a centre in the slum area of Mavelikara in South West India, where tuition and food is provided for local children, many of them orphans. Thanks to an initiative by Ludham churches the centre has games for the children, but no real space for the increasing numbers, explained Pat.
 
“Close to the slum is an area of ground, about the size of a football pitch size, that is available to rent for two years and we want to get this and start football training for girls and boys, and allow our volunteers to utilise the space for the children at weekends. 
 
“These are slum children, living in appalling conditions.  We also hope to have training sessions for working children.  This is a one off initiative, but will make an incredible difference to our children. 
 
“I am a big Norwich City fan,” said Pat, “and we have already sent quite a few Canary shirts out to India so they have also adopted Norwich. India is interested in football more and more. We plan to send one of our volunteers - a boy we rescued from the streets 20 years ago - on a coaching course.”
 
Claire said: “We are hoping to raise £2,000 on the evening to be able to rent the piece of land. A lot of the children in India don’t want to go to school so we can use it as an incentive, to say you can play football here and you can have an education as well.”
 
Tickets for the quiz night are £22 per person, including a two-course finger buffet, with teams of five or six people, and will be held in the Top of the Terrace restaurant at Carrow Road. There will also be a raffle and auction on the night, with two signed Norwich City shirts up for grabs.
 
For tickets to the quiz night, contact Claire via email on claire-atkinson@hotmail.com, ring  01603 714720 or visit www.vidiyaltrust.org.uk
 
Pictured above is the slum in Mavelikara close by to the area the Vidiyal Trust hopes to rent for football training.

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