23 Nov 2015
CUCT Announce AstraZeneca Collaboration
Cambridge United Community Trust are delighted to be combining the delivery of sport and science in primary schools across the region, through a new collaboration with multinational biopharmaceutical company AstraZeneca.
The global science-led business are currently developing a new Research and Development Centre and Corporate Head Office at Cambridge Biomedical Campus, and have agreed to support our ongoing work in primary schools across the area.
CUCT and AstraZeneca will now form a strategic collaboration with a new "health and science education" element to be included as part of our existing School Sport Programme.
Currently CUCT delivers PE lessons and extra-curricular clubs to 60 primary schools across Cambridgeshire, engaging with over 3,000 children and totalling a staggering 70,000 pupil-hours annually.
The new collaboration with AstraZeneca marks an opportunity to expand the reach of the School Sport Programme, as well as working alongside a world leader in the pharmaceutical and biological industry with the objective to combine science education with the fun and interaction of sport.
The health and science education programme is to be piloted during the end of Winter Term 2015 and the beginning of Spring Term 2016, with further expansion in the Summer Term and next academic year.
Commenting on the exciting development, Cambridge United Chief Executive Jez George said: "We are delighted to be working with a company of AstraZeneca's calibre and reputation, who are going to play a significant role in the future of our city.
"It is fantastic for us that they have recognised the quality of our work within the community and wish to help us expand our outreach within primary schools.
"It is a great opportunity to widen the breadth of our School Sport Programme, which will benefit thousands of local youngsters, and we are very grateful to AstraZeneca for their support.”
Shaun Grady, Vice President, Business Development Operations at AstraZeneca said: “We have been really impressed by the terrific work the Trust do in schools all across the region.
“It is exciting for AstraZeneca to be part of a collaboration with the Trust extending the programmes to raise awareness of the science behind health and what science can do.”
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