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Fire safety player visits

Our Community Trust works the whole year round to help to educate the young people in Cambridgeshire and beyond. In July 2015 our project in primary schools, in partnership with Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Fire Authority, saw U's players visit local schools as part of fire safety and arson education. Despite it being such a busy time of year for the Club and schools alike, players even managed to drop in to Fowlmere Primary School and Duxford Primary School in the last week of term.

In these two visits alone the Cambridge United philosophy was clear, as Keith Keane accompanied Robbie Simpson in the trip to Fowlmere before even making his debut on the pitch, while young professionals James Akintunde and Ryan Horne took part in an assembly at Duxford. The older pupils had received some informative resources from the Fire Authority, which they presented to their fellow students. The players then quizzed the children on what they had learned, before the tables were turned and the children were able to ask the players anything they wanted. Sarah Toule, teacher at Fowlmere, said: "It was really good to have the opportunity to speak to the players and ask questions."

This is a great example of the way our Trust is able to extend non-traditional educational opportunities to strengthen the messages our partners want to deliver. Danny Kerrigan, Community Trust Manager, said: "The Year 6 pupils at Duxford and Fowlmere did a brilliant job at presenting to the rest of the classes – they had clearly learned lots about the topic of fire safety. However, opportunities like this are also very important for the personal development of our players, especially young professionals like Ryan and James who took part in their first school visit without a more senior player."

Fire safety player visits

Coding at Cambridge United

As the first team returned to action after their summer break, off the field our Community Trust continued its hard work to positively affect people's lives across Cambridgeshire. On 11 and 12 July, 15 local students took part in a free computer coding course using the IT facilities at our stadium, delivered by Cambridge Coding Academy and supported by Marshall's Charity Fund. The 14- to 19-year-olds learned how to build their own online game, along the way developing skills that will undoubtedly improve their employment prospects in the future.

This project helps to fulfil our Trust's objective of offering non-traditional educational opportunities using the Club's resources, under the key theme of Education. Danny Kerrigan, Community Trust Manager, said: "This project is a brilliant example of our Trust using all of the resources Cambridge United have at their disposal. Most people would associate us with sporting activity, so to highlight the breadth of our work with this classroom-based Coding Weekend is really important. More important, though, are the outcomes for the young people who invested their own time to take part, and we hope the skills they have developed will make a real difference to them going forward."

Coding at Cambridge United

First cohort complete NCS programme

Cambridge United Community Trust's first cohort of young people completed the Football League Trust's National Citizen Service (NCS) programme in May 2015.

Starting over the Easter weekend, the 15 participants completed an outward bound residential trip to Mepal Outdoor Centre, earned a First Aid qualification, participated in workshops with the local police and took part in Zorb football. The final aspect of the programme was a social action project chosen by the participants, which saw them complete renovation work at Cherry Hinton Care Home in Cambridge.

Community Development Manager Amy Ganderton said: "This is the first time Cambridge United has delivered the NCS programme and we are looking forward to completing our next programmes in Autumn 2015 and Summer 2016. The aim of the project is to get 15- to 17-year-olds to engage and complete tasks that they may not otherwise get the chance to do. There are various aspects that focus on social mixing and learning new life skills that will help them with their personal development. It is fantastic that this cohort chose to help renovate the local care home – the folk at Cherry Hinton were very grateful for all of the participants' hard work."

National Citizen Service