First look: New vision for The Nest sports hub as £1m fundraising campaign is launched

Visuals of phase two of The Nest community sports hub. Picture: Norwich City CSF

Visuals of phase two of The Nest community sports hub. Picture: Norwich City CSF - Credit: CSF

A renewed vision for a sport and wellbeing charity's hub on the edge of Norwich can today be revealed, following a funding blow.

Visuals of phase two of The Nest community sports hub. Picture: Norwich City CSF

Visuals of phase two of The Nest community sports hub. Picture: Norwich City CSF - Credit: CSF

The Norwich City Community Sports Foundation (CSF) was forced to go back to the drawing board for the second phase of The Nest community sports hub in Horsford after missing out on funding from the New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) earlier this year.

The first phase of the base, at the former Anglian Windows site, opened last year and already more than 4,000 people have made use of its state-of-the-art facilities.

Now the revised vision for the next phase of development has been revealed - though it hinges on a further £1m being raised to make it a reality.

Jackie Thornton, head of development at CSF, said: "Unfortunately, as with all good plans, complications can arise and some funding did not come off so we had to look at what we can do now and what would have to wait.

Visuals of phase two of The Nest community sports hub. Picture: Norwich City CSF

Visuals of phase two of The Nest community sports hub. Picture: Norwich City CSF - Credit: CSF


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"Not everything always goes to plan, but it is all about finding a different solution and being resilient.

The original plan aimed to spend £9.4m on a new gym, 3G football pitch, café, sports centre and IT suite on the site.

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A number of these features still remain included in the proposals, which would see a new artificial pitch, the IT suite remaining and two further multi-use space, costing £4.6m in total - £3.6m of which has already been made.

The £1m goal, however, has immediately been halved, with Norwich City Football Club agreeing to match-fund any amount raised up to £500,000.

Visuals of phase two of The Nest community sports hub. Picture: Norwich City CSF

Visuals of phase two of The Nest community sports hub. Picture: Norwich City CSF - Credit: CSF

Mrs Thornton added: "We're all delighted the football club has agreed to support us so much, so hopefully we will be able to reach that £1m target in the next few months."

The CSF is hoping it can hit its target in the next four month, with the campaign due to be highlighted on October 27, when the Canaries host Manchester United in the Premier League.

Meanwhile, it has also been revealed that The Nest is set to provide a permanent home for the Norwich City Women's Football Club, which currently plays its games at Plantation Park in Blofield.

Visuals of phase two of The Nest community sports hub. Picture: Norwich City CSF

Visuals of phase two of The Nest community sports hub. Picture: Norwich City CSF - Credit: NCCSF

Visuals of phase two of The Nest community sports hub. Picture: Norwich City CSF

Visuals of phase two of The Nest community sports hub. Picture: Norwich City CSF - Credit: CSF

Norwich City's business and project director Zoe Ward says the football club will match-funding dona

Norwich City's business and project director Zoe Ward says the football club will match-funding donations up to half a million pounds to ensure phase two of The Nest can begin. Picture: Neil Didsbury - Credit: Archant

A ten minute presentation which outlined the important work The Nest is playing in the community, is

A ten minute presentation which outlined the important work The Nest is playing in the community, is introduced by Jackie Thornton, head of development at the Community Sports Foundation. Picture: Neil Didsbury - Credit: Archant

Jackie Thornton, Head of development at the Community Sports Foundation at The Nest facility. Pictur

Jackie Thornton, Head of development at the Community Sports Foundation at The Nest facility. Picture: Neil Didsbury - Credit: Archant

The Nest facility has helped around 4,000 people since opening last year. It hopes to help many more

The Nest facility has helped around 4,000 people since opening last year. It hopes to help many more when phase two of development is complete. Picture: Neil Didsbury - Credit: Archant

Community Sports Foundation coach Dudley Garner chats at the launch of phase two of fundraising for

Community Sports Foundation coach Dudley Garner chats at the launch of phase two of fundraising for The Nest as Daniel Wynne, Head of marketing and communications at Norwich City Football club, listens on. Picture: Neil Didsbury - Credit: Archant

Jackie Thornton, Head of development at the Community Sports Foundation at The Nest facility, which

Jackie Thornton, Head of development at the Community Sports Foundation at The Nest facility, which needs £500,000 in fundraising to begin phase two of development. Picture: Neil Didsbury - Credit: Archant

Visuals of phase two of The Nest community sports hub. Picture: Norwich City CSF

Visuals of phase two of The Nest community sports hub. Picture: Norwich City CSF - Credit: CSF

Jackie Thornton, Head of development at the Community Sports Foundation at The Nest facility. Pictur

Jackie Thornton, Head of development at the Community Sports Foundation at The Nest facility. Picture: Neil Didsbury - Credit: Archant

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