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Amputee Football Match-day Takeover!

Cambridge United Community Trust were delighted to host our amputee football team for a short demonstration of their skills on the pitch at the home game vs Exeter City FC on the 21st August!

Before the match, our amputees also had the opportunity to meet the first-team players in the dressing room and 2 of our younger amputees were matchday mascots, walking out with the teams onto the pitch. The amputees’ families are a crucial part of the football sessions we run and so we were delighted to be able to have some of the amputees’ sons, daughters & siblings along to be mascots too.

Our sessions are run in partnership with Cambridgeshire FA and Steel Bones, a charity who a working to connect the amputee community. They offer support to new amputees, and their families - providing the guidance and companionship that they so often need, at an incredibly traumatic time. We were delighted to invite them along to hold a bucket collection. The money raised from this will be used to provide families with an opportunity to go horse-riding.

Alongside the demonstration game, one of the amputees Marc Pitman was also recognised as Community Hero of the Day. Marc was part of a group of amputees to ascend Mount Snowdon raising an incredible £12,000 for Steel Bones. Marc said about the climb: “I have never allowed my 'disability' to define me as a person and I saw Mount Snowdon as yet another challenge. It was life changing for all involved!”

Special mention must go to Paul Clark, the ‘Team Snowdon Leader’ who unfortunately couldn’t be here for the match-day takeover, but who led the team fantastically. He said: “this adventure was about getting a group of amputees together to show we are no different to other people and we can achieve anything we set our minds to.”

From their amputee football sessions launch in February 2018: they've grown to create an inclusive, welcoming community where amputees and their families can play football together in sessions led by Cambridge United Community Trust’s Disability Sports Officer Phil Mullen.

Funded by Cambridgeshire FA, the aim of the sessions is to provide all amputees, people with congenital limb deficiencies and persons with restricted use of limbs, with the opportunity to play football. The sessions are open to people of all age groups and abilities.

Leigh Joy-Staines, one of the founders of Steel Bones, says “Steel Bones UK is all about getting amputees back into community life, and these football sessions help to do just that!”

For more information on the sessions’ dates & timing please visit: http://www.cuctrust.co.uk/disability-sport/amputee-football/

For more information about our wonderful partner charity, Steel Bones, please visit: http://steelbone.co.uk/

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