Footballers and dancers swap places to raise funds for East Norwich Youth Project

East Norwich Youth Project has come up with an unusual new way to raise funds which its members think has been very successful.

The charity asked members of its Young People's Forum, for people aged between five and 18, to come up with suggestions on how it could raise money for and one of its members suggested that ENYP's football team and 'Dance Off!' class traded places for the day.

So ENYP FC players attended a dance session and the dancers attended a football training session, and got sponsored for doing so.

Kate Doran-Smith, youth worker at the ENYP, said: 'When children get so excited about their ideas, we like to encourage them as much as we can, so that's exactly what we did.

'Children and young people from other ENYP clubs and activities were also invited to join in and we had around 50 taking part in the fundraiser.

'Tutus and shin pads were donned as the football team tried their hand at some funky street moves and the dancers did their best to keep up with the rather exhausting football training!

'The footie lads even used some of the dance moves as their goal celebration the following day at their league match!'

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The fun event raised over �500, which is supported by many local churches and schools to provide a range of different clubs and activities.

Kaite added: 'Both evenings were full of fun and good spirits as the local community drew together to support the children, young people and work of ENYP as a whole.

'We are now planning our next EQUIP holiday club around an idea from another Young People's Forum rep, proving how effective listening to children can be.'

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