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Anti-Bullying assemblies

Anti-Bullying assemblies

Over the past three weeks, Cambridge United Community Trust have delivered Anti-Bullying assemblies to over 1600 pupils in local primary schools.

The key message of the assemblies has been ‘All different, all equal’, in line with the theme of Anti-Bullying Week 2017. Our Key Stage One assemblies have focused on why it is good to be different, using the story ‘Elmer’ by David McKee to engage younger pupils. Key Stage Two assemblies have looked at diversity in more detail, exploring what it is and why it should be celebrated. Using the Cambridge United playing squad as an example, we discussed how difference can be used in a positive way and why it is important to treat everyone equally.

Both of the assemblies have emphasised how nobody has the right to criticise anyone else for being different, and how if this keeps happening, it is bullying. Importantly, children taking part have identified what they would do if they were worried about any of the issues raised.

The presentations have been very well received in schools and we will be offering a range of new anti-bullying assemblies next year.

“Thank you so much for your assembly on Wednesday. The content on anti-bullying was pitched perfectly for primary-aged children and our children enjoyed the opportunity to participate and talk about these important issues … Overall, your assembly was paced perfectly and your messages catchy and memorable.”

Louise Davies

Y6 teacher

Holywell Primary School

“I thought the assembly was excellent - it was well paced, engaging and really involved the children. The message that difference was a positive thing came across really clearly and the link to the different qualities of the Cambridge United team members struck a chord with many of the older children…It was an excellent start to our Anti-Bullying week and we are very much looking forward to your next visit.”

Siobhan Rouse

Headteacher

Harston and Newton Community Primary School

During the rest of the 2017-18 academic year, we will be delivering more assemblies on a wide range of themes, including teamwork, growth mindset and our ‘Kick it Out’ anti-racism workshops.

For more information about our assemblies, please contact our Head of Primary School Education, Tim Walker.

E: tim.walker@-cambridge-united.co.uk

Wear Red Day

Wear Red Day

Cambridge United Community Trust were involved running the sports activities at Cambridge Regional College in support of the recent Wear Red Day to show racism the red card.

The national day of action encourages schools, businesses and individuals to wear red and donate to help facilitate the delivery of anti-racism education for young people & adults throughout England, Scotland and Wales. All the money raised from Wear Red Day allows more young people and adults across the UK to challenge racism in society.

Cambridge United Community Trust engaged young people with various sports activities using the inflatable pitch, chip in the skip challenge, football tennis, penalty shootouts and keepy up competitions. It was great to have CRC’s football scholars, who train with Cambridge United to help run the football activities.

Andy Farrer, Cambridge United Community Trust Health and Inclusion Officer, said “It was great to support the Wear Red Day at CRC and run some fun activities to support this national day of action. It was brilliant to see so many people around the college backing the campaign.”

Seniors' Afternoon tea

Seniors’ Afternoon Tea

On October the 19th we hosted our first Seniors’ Afternoon Tea at the Cambs Glass Stadium. It was a brilliant chance for seniors’ to get together, to make new friends and spend time with old friends while enjoying a hot drink and a piece of cake. There was a excellent selection of cake on offer with a number of games and quizzes taking place!

The afternoon teas will take place every third Thursday of the month between 2-4PM in the Premier Travel suite. Andy Farrer, Cambridge United Community Trust Health and Inclusion Officer, said “We are really excited to provide another opportunity for seniors’ in the community to get together at the stadium. It was brilliant to see such a friendly and welcoming environment to the tea and we are looking forward to many more to come in the future!”

For further information please contact: Andy Farrer on andy.farrer@cambridge-united.co.uk

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.