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Cambridge United announces Mental Health Awareness evening

On Tuesday 13th March at 6.30pm, Cambridge United through Cambridge United Community Trust will be hosting the first of three discussion evenings taking place monthly to raise awareness of mental health and emotional wellbeing and their connection to sport.

On the first evening surrounding the theme ‘It’s time to talk’, The Abbey Stadium will welcome guest speakers John Humpston, East Region Director of Samaritans and Ruth Fox, Cambridge United Women’s player to discuss the importance of speaking out and how important this is for maintaining positive mental health. There will also be a panel discussion, a Q&A and a chance to hear from other organisations working in the field.

Cambridge United welcomes all to attend this free event to discuss a topic which affects so many.

Sign up on Eventbrite here www.tinyurl.com/CUmentalhealthevening

Legge and Amoo join participants in Cambridge United disability football sessions

On Saturday 27th January, Cambridge United stars Leon Legge and David Amoo joined in with some of Cambridge United’s disability football sessions which run on a Saturday morning.

Ambulant cerebral palsy sessions, which take place weekly at Impington Village College from 10am-11am, are generously sponsored by Irwin Mitchell and coached by Phil Mullen. The sessions consist of relaxed football matches, in which, this week, the participants were joined by Legge and Amoo.

These sessions were followed by Cambridge United’s Down’s syndrome football sessions from 11am-12pm in which both players also took part.

Phil Mullen who coaches the session said “It was absolutely brilliant, the players were great with our participants and got involved with our football matches. It was amazing to see so many happy faces today and such a good atmosphere at both the sessions.”

Cambridge United central defender, Leon Legge, describes what he thought of the morning “It was brilliant to be able to see some of the club’s work in the local community and meet some of the participants who attend the sessions every week. We look forward to visiting again in the future!”

Guy Forster from Irwin Mitchell, proud sponsors of the Ambulant cerebral palsy sessions, said: “we are delighted to be supporting these weekly sessions, which provide such a brilliant opportunity for so many individuals. It is great to have the first team players involved to make the event even more special for the participants.”

Cambridge United Launches Amputee Football Club

Cambridge United Community Trust (CUCT) has teamed up with Steel Bones UK to launch their very first weekly Amputee Football Training Session starting on 22nd February 7-8pm at Bottisham Village College in Cambridgeshire.

CUCT is the charitable arm of Cambridge United Football Club, which aims to use the brand of Cambridge United and the power of sport to have a positive impact on the local community. The Trust aims to positively impact the lives of individuals in Cambridgeshire, by delivering a number of programmes across the themes of education, health and inclusion.

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.

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

Steel Bones UK Founder and Amputee Leigh Joy-Staines says “For us, the partnership between Cambridge United and Steel Bones UK is the perfect fit. Football brings both different individuals and communities together, to work as a team, support and motivate each other. This very notion is what Steel Bones UK has been based on so we can’t wait to share the news with our fellow amputees and their families.”

Health and Inclusion Officer at Cambridge United Community Trust, Andy Farrer says “We are thrilled to be working alongside Steel Bones UK and Cambridgeshire FA to run and promote the amputee football sessions. It is brilliant to be able to provide football opportunities in our local communities across Cambridge and we are excited to see the sessions develop over time”

To find out more about the amputee football or to register your interest please contact hello@steelbone.co.uk or call 07809 244895.

To find out more about Cambridge United Community Trust visit http://www.cuctrust.co.uk

Law Firm Irwin Mitchell Team Up With Cambridge United Community Trust

National law firm Irwin Mitchell and Cambridge United Community Trust (CUCT) have announced that the law firm, which has an office in Cambridge, is to sponsor the delivery of the CUCT’s Ambulant Cerebral Palsy football sessions for the next 12 months.

The sessions are held on Saturday mornings, 10-11am, at Impington Village College Sports Centre, Cambridge. They are run on a seven-week cycle and aim to encourage those with cerebral palsy to be involved with sport.

Guy Forster, head of medical negligence at Irwin Mitchell, said:

“We are delighted to support the great work that Cambridge United Community Trust does in delivering Ambulant Cerebral Palsy football sessions.

“Like Cambridge United Community Trust, we want to promote the many benefits that disability sport offers and encourage more people to get involved.”

Cerebral palsy is a condition that affects muscle control and movement, usually caused by an injury to the brain before, during or shortly after birth. Children with cerebral palsy can have difficulties controlling muscles and movements as they grow and develop.

Cerebral palsy football is for ambulant players with cerebral palsy and other neurological disorders, such as stroke and traumatic brain injury.

Ben Szreter, Cambridge United Community Trust CEO, said: “We are happy to welcome Irwin Mitchell on board as a new sponsor. The firm shares a similar drive to promote the benefits of disability sport.

“We are grateful to Irwin Mitchell for their sponsorship of these sessions and we can provide more opportunities for those who have cerebral palsy over the next 12 months.”

Andy Farrer, Health and Inclusion Officer at Cambridge United Community Trust, said: “We are extremely thankful to have Irwin Mitchell become a key part in continuing to provide opportunities for individuals to participate in sport with Cambridge United Community Trust.

“We look forward to working together with this sponsorship and future programmes.”

Irwin Mitchell is currently running its ‘Don’t Quit, Do It’, campaign which aims to promote disability sport. It was also sponsor of Parallel London and Official Legal Services Provider of the 2017 World Para Athletics Championships that were held in London.

Right to Left: Phil Mullen (CUCT Disability Sport Officer), Guy Forster (Irwin Mitchell) and Andy Farrer (CUCT Health and Inclusion Officer)

New walking football sessions starting on Monday 15th January

Following the successes of weekly walking football sessions on a Thursday at Cherry Hinton Village Leisure Centre, Cambridge United Community Trust are teaming with Let’s Get Moving Cambridgeshire to offer walking football sessions on Mondays 5pm-6pm in Fulbourn.

Walking football is the perfect opportunity to get active in the New Year, meet new people and share a love for the beautiful game. Age, gender, experience and ability are all insignificant in a relaxed, inclusive and supportive environment. Alongside the Cambridge United Community Trust Seniors' Lunch and afternoon tea, walking football helps the whole community stay involved with Cambridge United whilst keeping fit and sociable.

The new sessions start on Monday 15th January 5-6pm on the Fulbourn Multi-use games area and the first session is free of charge with future sessions costing £3.

For more information or to register your interest please email communitytrust@cambridge-united.co.uk or Ellen Bridges on ellen.bridges@scambs.gov.uk (phone number 01954 713294)