Photo gallery and video: Dreams brought to life at Norwich City Football Club for 15-year-old with rare muscular disease

James Frost was given a once in a lifetime experience at NCFC. Picture: Supplied

James Frost was given a once in a lifetime experience at NCFC. Picture: Supplied - Credit: Supplied

It is a dream held by many teenage boys - to have a guided tour around the home ground of their favourite football team.

But for 15-year-old James Frost his beloved Norwich City went above and beyond to not only make his wish come true but also to give him a day he would never forget.

An avid Canaries fan, James also suffers from Duchenne muscular dystrophy - a rare condition which causes muscle weakness. It means he is a full-time, powerchair user, and is dependent on the help of others for his personal care.

So it was an extra special treat for James when the club's Community Sports Foundation and wish-granting charity Rays of Sunshine got together to give him a once in a lifetime experience.

James and his family, of Earsham, near Bungay, were invited to the club's stadium, at Carrow Road, Norwich, for what they believed would be a behind-the-scenes tour.


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But unbeknown to them, plans had already been set in motion to give James a unique surprise.

Without warning the Norwich City first team players and staff emerged from the tunnel to surprise him and his family on the pitch. Beckoned by the players, he then joined in with the team for an impromptu team photograph.

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The biggest surprise of the day was then revealed, as Neil Adams presented James with two season tickets, provided by Rays of Sunshine.

He said: 'He's a fantastic young man and a big, big Norwich fan. It was extra special to be able to do something like this. We look forward to seeing him at our games.'

Club captain Russell Martin added: 'We were told about the plans in the dressing room and all the lads couldn't wait to make James feel part of it. The boys really enjoyed it. It's a real family football club and to surprise him like that was great.'

A visibly emotional dad Ian described the moment the players first came out of the tunnel. He said: 'He usually struggles holding his head up straight, but it went up and he just stared when he first saw the players. It was fantastic.'

And if that was not enough James was also welcomed to Carrow Road for the Charlton fixture Tuesday night as the 'community champion' and was given the honour of bringing out the match ball before kick-off.

• Are doing something special for a charity? Contact reporter Donna-Louise Bishop by emailing donna-louise.bishop@archant.co.uk or follow @donnaloubishop on Twitter.

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