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Trust receives council grant to launch a stadium fitness programme

Cambridge United Community Trust is delighted to announce that we have been awarded a grant from Cambridge City Council to set up a stadium fitness programme at the Abbey Stadium. This programme will provide free fitness sessions for the local community, led by a qualified instructor from Full Circle Fitness Bootcamps. Session activities will use the features of the Abbey Stadium in an innovative way – think using the stands for stair workouts, the space behind the goal for shuttle runs and the hospitality rooms for circuit training!

Although Cambridge is home to the richest university in Britain, it is also the UK’s 2nd most unequal city. For example, the Abbey Ward (where the stadium is located) is among the 20% of most deprived wards in the country. The Cambridge City Council 2014-2017 Anti-Poverty Strategy has demonstrated the close relationship between low incomes and poorer health outcomes in the city: ‘life expectancy for women 10 years [is] lower in the most deprived area of Cambridge than the least deprived, and 9.6 years lower for men’.[1] This demonstrates the need for affordable exercise programmes in Cambridge.

In light of this research, the Community Trust has launched the stadium fitness programme with the aim of removing some of the economic barriers that prevent Abbey Ward residents from taking part in regular exercise. Participants that join our programme will have the opportunity to develop healthier lifestyles, improve their mental well-being and create a greater sense of community. The stadium fitness programme is in line with the Community Trust’s wider commitment to providing services for the people of Abbey Ward, the home of Cambridge United since 1932.

Simon Wall, Community Liaison Officer for the Community Trust, said:

“To be able to access quality fitness programmes in Cambridge, whether that be by buying a gym membership or by joining an organised bootcamp group, it often costs a lot of money, which is not inclusive. It is therefore the Community Trust’s vision to help as many people as possible to have access to affordable fitness groups, which is why we created ‘Stadium Fitness’.

I am excited that the Trust are able to offer the residents of Abbey Ward another opportunity to get fit, make new friends and strengthen the bond further between Cambridge United and the local community.

This is a fantastic opportunity to get quality fitness instruction without breaking the bank.”

The stadium fitness programme is open to everyone of all ages and abilities, and it will be starting on Wednesday 12th September. For more information, please contact our Community Liaison Officer, Simon Wall, at simon.wall@cambridge-united.co.uk.

[1] Executive Summary Anti-Poverty Strategy https://www.cambridge.gov.uk/sites/default/files/documents/Executive%20Summary%20APS.pdf

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