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Scott's Mascot Day

On Saturday 26th August, at the game against Morecambe, Cambridge United were privileged to have Scott Needham as a mascot to walk out with the team. Scott and his family travelled from Oldham to attend the game following Scott’s passion for Cambridge United which started due to his admiration of the Duchess of Cambridge.

The Cambridge United fans gave Scott a rapturous reception consisting of a standing ovation when he walked off the pitch at the start of the game.

Scott’s father, Stuart, told us about their experience at the match: “It goes without saying what an absolute fantastic time we had with all our friends at Cambridge United. All of the staff and all the players showed an empathy that is not common in a lot of places, you all epitomised what a ‘family friendly’ club you are. Cambridge United should be so proud of how you all conduct yourselves and how you deliver the match day experiences that will provide wonderful memories for a lifetime.”

Find photos of Scott’s day at Cambridge United below.

Cambridge United Blind Football Sessions Starting

Cambridge United Community Trust are pleased to announce they will be holding weekly blind and partially sighted football session starting from Saturday September 9th. The sessions will be run by qualified blind and partially sighted football coaches every Saturday at Coleridge Community College, Radegund Rd, Cambridge CB1 3RJ.

From 10am-11am will be sessions for adults (over 16) and from 11am-12pm will be sessions for children (under 16). The cost will be free for the first two weeks for each participant and then a charge of £3 per participant. There are also opportunities for volunteers to be involved.

Ben Szreter, Cambridge United Community Trust CEO, said “We have been working alongside several local charities and the Cambridge City Council for several months to make these sessions a reality and are excited to start them. We hope it will help provide further opportunities for the blind and partially sighted community around Cambridge to participate in sport and learn physical skills. We’re immensely grateful to the National Lottery as well as private donations for making this possible.”

Roy Turnham, England Blind Football international and local Cambridge resident, said “These sessions provide a fantastic opportunity for blind and partially sighted individuals in the Cambridge area to get active. The sessions are all about showing blind and partially sighted people that there are sporting opportunities out there for them and also teaching physical skills. Hopefully we will also find some talented players in the region.”

Warren Wilson, Promotions Officer at Camsight, said “We’re very excited about these new sessions and are very pleased at the initiative shown by Cambridge United to help support the blind and partially sighted community around Cambridge. This is a brilliant partnership between several organisations in the region and Camsight are very happy to have been involved.

Cambridgeshire FA’s Disability Officer, Hayley Elphee, said “I’m delighted about the new sessions which will provide a great opportunity for blind and visually impaired players to enjoy playing football. It’s also a great opportunity for volunteers to get involved and gain experience supporting this exciting new venture.”

For further information please contact communitytrust@cambridge-united.co.uk or call 01223566500.

These sessions are supported by the National Lottery.

Active Science Day

Cambridge United Community Trust and AztraZeneca were proud to host the inaugural Active Science Day at the Cambs Glass stadium on Friday 14th July. The event was a culmination of this year's work on the Active Science project and a chance to celebrate what we have achieved towards our aim of inspiring the next generation of scientists through sport.

Over 75 Year 5 children and their teachers from Cheveley, Gamlingay and Orchard Park schools gathered for a carousel of activities held on the pitch and in the Mundipharma Community Stand. Also in attendance for the afternoon were Heidi Allen MP and Daniel Zeichner MP, Cambridge United first team players and representatives from AztraZeneca and Cambridge Science Centre. Cambridge United staff were also present to facilitate the afternoon's event.

The first activity saw children take part in a 'Football Forces' session led by Simon Wall, our Community Liaison Officer, in which they linked forces such as gravity to how a football might behave during a football match. First team players helped the children explore scientific concepts such as how equal and opposite forces act on a ball during a game and how the effects of applying different amounts of force can be seen.

Football Forces

For the second element of the afternoon, the children took part in a question and answer session with representatives from AztraZeneca and the Cambridge United first team. Our panellists answered a wide range of queries focused primarily on the links between science and sport, and were all hugely impressed by the thought that had gone into the children's questions. This session proved not only to be hugely informative and interesting, but thought provoking for our young audience, who were able to see how the two fields of science and sport are inextricably linked.

The third and final aspect of the carousel was the chance to explore a selection of wonderful interactive exhibits from Cambridge Science Centre. From testing different shape spinners in a wind tunnel, to building models of mammals and interactive touchscreen displays exploring habitats, our young (and older!) visitors had a great time investigating the activities on offer. Once again, Cambridge United players were on hand to support the children as they developed their scientific understanding in a fun and informative learning environment.

Everyone involved in the afternoon was overwhelmingly positive about the impact of the event. Several younger visitors were asked for their responses to the afternoon and their answers included "The best afternoon ever!" and "Really great – I learned so much and had loads of fun too!"

Following on from the success of Friday, we are already planning how we can develop Active Science Day as we move into next academic year. Please keep checking the CUCT website and Twitter feed for updates.

A huge thank you must go to everyone who was involved in the planning, organisation and delivery of Active Science Day. It would not have been possible to run such a brilliant event without their dedication and commitment.

The Active Science programme is a shining example of how Cambridge United Community Trust aims to work across the curriculum in local primary schools. Our partnership with AztraZeneca has been crucial in the development and delivery of this project, for without their support this work would not have been possible.

DSActive Visit CUCT's Down's syndrome football sessions

DSActive recently came and visited one of CUCT's down's syndrome football sessions. Read about what they had to say below:

"Every Saturday morning, football players with Down’s syndrome descend on Impington Village College Sports Centre to show off and hone their skills at the Cambridge United Community Trust DSActive session.

On a recent Saturday, the DSActive project manager was able to drop in to see how they are getting on.

The sessions have become so popular that the sports hall has to be split in to two, with the younger players on one side and the older players on the other.

The sessions are a model of inclusion, with parents and siblings encouraged to join in with the football. The Disability Officer, Phil Mullen, who runs the session is assisted by volunteers from the football sessions he runs for people with cerebral palsy.

There was some fantastic football on display from both the younger and the older group, and the parents were certainly given a good run around.

The younger group did a series of different drills, with a focus that week on their dribbling skills. The older group participated in a highly competitive game, with the goals flying in from every angle.

It was fantastic to see all the players looking incredibly happy with their mornings work, although it was difficult to tell who was most tired by the end, the players or the parents!"

To find out more about the sessions email Phil on phil.mullen@cambridge-united.co.uk."

This article was originally published on the DSActive website - www.dsactive.org.uk

Ben Szreter Appointed Community Trust CEO

Oxford Graduate Ben Szreter has been appointed as the new CEO of the Cambridge United Community Trust.

Raised locally in Cambridge and having studied at Parkside Community College and Hills Road Sixth Form College, Szreter has since graduated from Oxford with a first class degree in History before achieving a Masters with Distinction in Economic and Social History.

Ben has also gained valuable experience in several internships, including a placement with a company who primarily work in social care, children's services and social justice. Most recently Szreter spent three months in Myanmar as part of an internship with the British Chamber of Commerce.

Cambridge United Community Trust Chairman, Graham Daniels commented: "We are delighted to appoint Ben Szreter as the new CEO of our Community Trust.

"It may appear surprising that we are replacing his predecessor Danny Kerrigan, a Cambridge graduate, with an Oxford man but we rest assured that as a young man Ben studied at Parkside Community College and Hills Road Sixth Form College!

"I would like to take this opportunity to thank Danny for his terrific work in developing the Trust's role in our community and look forward to working with Ben as he continues to facilitate Cambridge United's role with our partner companies and stakeholders in making our city a better place for all its residents."

Similar to his predecessor Danny Kerrigan, who has now taken up a new role with Cambridge United, Ben also has a football background having represented Oxford University in two Varsity Matches.

Cambridge United CEO Jez George added: "Danny has done a brilliant job in developing the reputation of our Community Trust with various stakeholders and establishing our credibility to deliver a number of projects, through Premier League and EFL funding. Danny will now be able to contribute further by developing and overseeing a range of new commercial ventures that can provide further revenue streams within the Club.

"Ben is the perfect choice to build on the excellent foundations that Danny has put in place. He is a really high calibre individual and we are absolutely delighted that he has accepted this role."

"This is the right moment to further strengthen and develop the Club and Community Trust."

"In Ben, we have been able to recruit someone who is highly motivated and perfectly equipped with all the necessary qualities, and a connection to our City, to drive our Community Trust's ambition of making an even greater contribution to the whole of Cambridge in the future. We welcome him to the Club and look forward to working with him."