Aviva, Norwich City and Proud Canaries join forces to launch new LGBT-friendly team
Aviva and Proud Canaries have teamed up to establish Proud Canaries FC, forming part of Aviva’s campaign to celebrate the inclusive and diverse nature of football from the amateur level to the elite.
The new team is officially backed and fully supported by Norwich City Football Club and will proudly wear the Club’s colours and fly the Canary flag in a summer tournament.
The establishment of Proud Canaries FC is extremely welcome and a moment to celebrate. It is yet another demonstration of the shared commitment of Aviva and our partners at Norwich City to make football everyone’s game, and to take a zero tolerance stand against homophobia, biphobia and transphobia in sport.
The ground-breaking partnership with Aviva, Norwich City’s Community Partner following nine years as the main Club sponsor, not only aims to celebrate the inclusive ethos in football which Proud Canaries embodies and promotes, but also to recognise the significant value the supporters’ group brings to the local Norfolk community and beyond.
As part of its commitment as the inaugural main sponsor of ‘Proud Canaries Football Club’, Aviva will provide ongoing support and funding in a number of beneficial ways. The newly formed team will be presented with brand-new Norwich City bespoke match kit, featuring Aviva Pride and Stonewall as kit sponsors, as well as Rainbow Laces for all registered players to wear in their boots during matches.
Aviva will also provide Proud Canaries with a level of funding to ensure they can function as an established club not only during the current season, but also until the end of the 2018/2019 season, to ensure they can continue to embody and represent the inclusive, fun and loyal nature of the game.
The recruitment process for players and a manager is now underway. Aviva, Proud Canaries and Norwich City would encourage anyone interested in playing, regardless of their ability, and gender (pending FA approval) to get in touch with the Proud Canaries’ Director of Football Di Cunningham, who can be contacted at email@example.com
Once the team has been recruited, a series of training sessions will be arranged by Aviva at an official Norwich City training venue, which will be announced in due course. Training will begin in late January.
The training sessions will culminate in an end of season LGBT-inclusive tournament, which will be played at Norwich City’s Carrow Road stadium in May. The tournament will see the newly-formed Proud Canaries FC face a number of other LGBT-affiliated football club supporter groups, whose involvement will be announced over the
Established by Di Cunningham in February 2014, Proud Canaries is Norwich City’s LGBT Fans and Friends Group and works with the club to make Carrow Road – the Club's stadium – a safer and more pleasant place for everyone by promoting the inclusion and challenging discrimination. They are proud to be the second officially recognised LGBT football supporters’ group in the country, and have an overarching vision to ‘challenge discrimination for better enjoyment of the beautiful game.’
The sponsorship deepens Aviva’s long-standing ties with Norwich City, and continues their long tradition of supporting community-focused activity throughout Norfolk, from existing projects such as Aviva Matchday Buddies and the schools-based Aviva Footy Finance programme, to its support of the Norwich City Community Sports Foundation and the title sponsorship of the Norwich City Legends vs Inter Forever charity fixture in May.
Di Cunningham commented: “Norwich City have been always been pioneers for inclusion - from revering the iconic Justin Fashanu to celebrating their LGBT+ fanbase - so it's no surprise that they're teaming up with Aviva to promote diversity and inclusion on the Carrow Road pitch. I can't wait to see the new Proud Canaries FC squad start training in January and build towards a national LGBT+ tournament at Carrow Road in May. OTBC!"
Jan Gooding, Aviva’s Global Inclusion Director and a member of the Stonewall board, said: “The establishment of Proud Canaries FC is extremely welcome and a moment to celebrate. It is yet another demonstration of the shared commitment of Aviva and our partners at Norwich City to make football everyone’s game, and to take a zero tolerance stand against homophobia, biphobia and transphobia in sport.”
Steve Stone, Norwich City Managing Director, added: “It’s great to see that Di and Proud Canaries are launching Proud Canaries FC and we are very happy to be joining Aviva in officially supporting them and celebrating our shared aims of inclusivity and diversity. They are a great group, brilliant supporters of the Club and we look forward to watching them in action at Carrow Road!”
Robbie de Santos, Stonewall’s Head of Campaigns, said “It’s fantastic to see Aviva, a founding member of Team Pride, join forces with Norwich City Football Club and Proud Canaries to launch a new LGBT-friendly football team. This is yet another example of Aviva demonstrating its commitment to supporting and raising awareness of LGBT inclusion and diversity in sport and we’re proud to work with them. This is an important milestone for Proud Canaries and we can’t wait to see the newly-formed club and their players thrive and flourish together next
Aviva Press Office | John Franklin | 01603 680795 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Notes to editors:
· Aviva provides life insurance, general insurance, health insurance and asset management to 33 millioncustomers.
· In the UK we are the leading insurer serving one in every four households and have strong businesses in selected
markets in Europe, Asia and Canada. Our shares are listed on the London Stock Exchange and we are a member of the FTSE100 index.
· Aviva’s asset management business, Aviva Investors, provides asset management services to both Aviva and external clients, and currently manages over £340 billion in assets. Total group assets under management at Aviva group are £475 billion.
· Aviva helps people save for the future and manage the risks of everyday life; we paid out £34.4 billion in
benefits and claims in 2016.
· By serving our customers well, we are building a business which is strong and sustainable, which our people are proud to work for, and which makes a positive contribution to society.
· The Aviva newsroom at www.aviva.com/newsroom includes links to our image library, research reports and our news release archive.
· For an introduction to what we do and how we do it, please click here www.aviva.com/about-us
· Follow us on twitter: www.twitter.com/avivaplc/
· Follow us on LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/company/aviva-plc
· For the latest corporate films from around our business, subscribe to our YouTube channel: www.youtube.com/user/aviva
· We have a Globelynx system for broadcast interviews. Please contact the Press Officer noted above if you would like to make a booking.
Home life in lockdown: tech, tensions and tidying up
27 May 2020
Aviva Master Trust appoints two new Trustees
27 May 2020
Voting results of 2020 Annual General Meeting
26 May 2020
21 May 2020
Aviva appoints George Culmer as Chairman
19 May 2020
Aviva Italy increasing its donations to more than €400k to Milan Municipality
14 May 2020
£982m paid out to individual protection customers in 2019 as 96.3% of all claims accepted
14 May 2020
Aviva announces £350m bulk annuity transaction with the trustee of the Co-operative Pension Scheme
13 May 2020
Update on arrangements for Annual General Meeting
12 May 2020
Aviva launches scam reporting service
12 May 2020
Aviva Poland help Warsaw University print PPE
1 May 2020
Aviva France pledges support to French economy
27 Apr 2020
Notice of 2020 Annual General Meeting
21 Apr 2020
Update on senior manager remuneration
16 Apr 2020
Aviva announces donation to NHS Charities Together as part of package of Covid-19 support
11 Apr 2020
Aviva Canada unveils extensive COVID-19 support package
9 Apr 2020