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Students excel at Business Enterprise Challenge presentation day

On Wednesday 4th we were delighted to welcome to the Abbey Stadium the 30 Year 8 students who took part in our inaugural Business Enterprise Challenge in partnership with Grant Thornton for the end-of-challenge presentation day.

They were representing their schools: Comberton Village College, Melbourn Village College and St Peter’s School, Huntington. The event marked the end of this year’s challenge as the 3 teams presented how they approached the project, the tactics they used and what they had learnt to the other two teams.

They were also presenting to a panel of judges: Ben Strang, Cambridge United FC’s Head of Football; Henry Comfort, Cambridge United FC’s Chief Operating Officer; Ben Szreter, Cambridge United Community Trust CEO and Sam Charman, a member of Grant Thornton's corporate finance team.

All three schools had prepared thoroughly for their presentation and the panel were extremely impressed not only with their presentations but their ability to think on their feet and answer questions posed to them.

Henry Comfort, Chief Operating Officer of Cambridge United Football Club said: “This initiative has taught the students the basics of business studies in a really practical way and gave Cambridge United the added bonus of bringing new fans along to the Abbey Stadium.”

Chris Warrington, Head of Business Education at Comberton Village College also spoke about the project saying: "The event enabled our students to develop their teamwork and entrepreneurial skills by working together to think creatively about how to market and sell match ticket to a target audience. They really enjoyed the challenge and were able to demonstrate good marketing skills whilst recognising the importance of working together as a team. The relationship with Cambridge United and its Community Trust provided them with a fantastic opportunity to practise their interests in a real life business context, whilst working alongside experienced business professionals. It was brilliant to see all of the student teams together, presenting their ideas and findings."

In the project, the students were given online discount codes for various Cambridge United home league matches which then were then used to track sales. The students marketed these codes within their school and the local community with all the profit from the project going to charity. The teams were helped through the process by mentors from Grant Thornton. Stuart Davies, Corporate Finance Associate Director said “we were delighted to have been involved in this project. The students clearly learned a lot by bringing real life commercial business skills into a fun environment.”

The winning team was the team to make the most amount of profit throughout the challenge. Despite an extremely close competition, eventually Melbourn Village College’s team came out on top with Comberton and St.Peter’s in joint second position.

Ben Szreter, CEO of Cambridge United Community Trust, said: “This challenge was designed to enable secondary school students to develop their entrepreneurial and employability skills in a real-life enterprise context. It was clear to us through their presentations and what they had to say about the project that the fundamentals of working as a team and the importance of communication were grasped. All the school groups did an excellent job and we look forward to developing the project further in the future.”

Cambridge United Community Trust Disability Football Festival

Cambridge United Community Trust will be partnering again with Histon Hornets Football Club to hold the annual Disability Football Festival for school age children this summer. The festival will be on Sunday the July of 8th between 10am and 2pm at Impington Village College with all welcome to come along and be part of the matches.

Cambridge United Community Trust award winning disability sport programme currently run 9 different disability sessions across Cambridge. The sessions consist of Ambulant Cerebral Palsy football, Down’s syndrome football, Blind football, visually impaired football, Deaf and hearing impaired football, Frame football, Power chair football, amputee football and manual wheelchair football. For more information on any of our sessions, please read on our website here:

Phil Mullen, Disability Sport Officer at Cambridge United Community Trust, said: ‘Young people will have the opportunity to engage in fun football sessions designed to meet the needs of every level of participant and to take part in matches. Young people of all abilities are welcome to come along, from trying football for the first time to learning new skills, but with the main emphasis on making new friends and having fun.’

Please contact or call 01223 632129 for more information.

Cambridge United back no smoking campaign Kick Ash

An innovative no smoking programme led by young people in Cambridgeshire has scored winning support from its local football club - Cambridge United.

Kick Ash, an award-winning campaign led by young people to prevent smoking in under 16’s across the county is being endorsed by the club who will be promoting the initative in its programme, website and newsletter.

Supported by a partnership involving Cambridgeshire County Council, Cambridgeshire PSHE service and Everyone Health’s CAMQUIT Stop Smoking Service, the programme works with 10 secondary schools across the county and their partner primary schools to encourage all young people to be proud to be smoke free, discourage young people from starting to smoke and supporting those who want to quit.

Up to 30 young peer mentors aged 15 are recruited in each school to lead the work in their school and the community.

Since launching in 2009, 952 year 10 students have been trained in county secondary schools to become Kick Ash mentors, who provide informal support to young people who want information and advice on smoking as well as supporting an education programme for year 6 pupils in partner primary schools and year 8 pupils in secondary schools.

Figures from the 2016/17 evaluation show the prevalence of self-reported smoking in Year 10 students is decreasing across Cambridgeshire, with only 10.2 per cent reporting they are current smokers in 2016 compared to 16.6 per cent in 2010.

The evaluation also showed that prevalence of current smoking in Year 10 students has reduced more in Kick Ash schools than in other schools in Cambridgeshire with a reduction of 13 per cent every two years in Kick Ash schools compared with 7 per cent in other schools.

Cllr Peter Hudson, Cambridgeshire County Council Health Committee chairman, said: “I am thrilled that Cambridge United is backing the Kick Ash programme. Their support will serve as inspiration to young people and show what can be achieved if you look after your health and wellbeing. By working together we hope to change young people’s perceptions of smoking and encourage more schools to sign up.”

Two Kick Ash mentors from Swavesey Village College recently met Cambridge United footballers Sam Squire and David Amoo during a training session to talk to them about the programme and the club’s support of its smoke free message.

Andy Farrer, Health and Inclusion Officer at Cambridge United Community Trust, the charitable arm of the football club, stated: “We are delighted to be supporting the Kick Ash campaign, hoping that the Cambridge United players will act as positive role models for local young people. We hope that we can play a small role in encouraging young people to be proud to stop smoking and see an improvement in the health of regular smokers across Cambridgeshire.”

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Mental Health Drop Ins

Cambridge United Football Club, through Cambridge United Community Trust have partnered with Cambridgeshire County Council to provide two days at the Abbey Stadium for mental health drop in sessions.

The drop ins are for either parents who would like to talk about any social, emotional or mental health difficulties their child is having or young people aged 16 – 25 experiencing social, emotional or mental health difficulties. Parents are welcome to attend with their child if they’d like.

The drops ins will be hosted by Educational and Child psychologists that work for the Special Educational Needs and Disability Service (0 – 25) at Cambridgeshire County Council. The psychologists are all registered with the Health and Care Professions Council.

Tom Hughes, Senior Educational and Child Psychologist at Cambridgeshire County Council, stated: “Our experience shows that parents and young people value drop in sessions as a good chance to have an informal chat about any concerns regarding their emotional health and wellbeing. They are a chance to share what’s been going on and do some joint planning as to what might help.”

Andy Farrer, Health and Inclusion officer at Cambridge United Community Trust, said: “At all levels of the football club, there is an increased awareness of the importance of our mental health. This is another great opportunity for local people in our community to be welcomed into the Abbey Stadium.”

The drop in sessions will be taking place at the Abbey Stadium, on the 21st of June and 2nd of July. Each slot is 40 minutes long and free to attend, however there must be a booking to to sign up.

Cambridge United support Street Child World Cup 2018 in Moscow

The Street Child World Cup is a football tournament for children all over the world who have experienced homelessness or are considered at risk of living on the streets. The tournament is much more than a game. The aims of the Street Child World Cup are to use the power of football to raise awareness and tackle the widespread stigma faced by street-connected children, inspiring countries, governments and communities to better protect, respect and support street-connected children worldwide. This was the Third Street Child World Cup, taking place every four years before the FIFA World Cup.

Last year, Cambridge United Football Club announced its long-term partnership with international charity Street Child United, working to help improve lives of the world’s most vulnerable children. As part of this partnership, Cambridge United are working with Street Child United to raise awareness of the Street Child World Cup. This was carried out through match day activities, school-based assemblies, ongoing fundraising challenges and attending the worldwide tournaments.

Cambridge United Community Trust’s Health and Inclusion Officer, Andy Farrer, was in Russia to represent and provide support from Cambridge United for the 2018 Street Child World Cup tournament. He said: “The Street Child World Cup provides a brilliant platform for young people’s voices to be heard across the world. It was amazing to meet the inspiring young people, who are so passionate about seeing a change in the way street-connected children are treated across the world. We hope that our support from Cambridge United will continue to raise awareness for street-connected children in the future.”

More than 200 street-connected children from across the world came together in Russia for their own boys and girls international football tournaments, festival of arts and Congress for their rights. The tournament saw equal boys’ and girls’ teams represent their countries, with Brazil winning the girls tournament and Uzbekistan winning the boys. Both finals were streamed live, with over 122,000 people tuning in to watch, creating a global platform for young people’s voices to be heard.

A further link between the two organisations is being shown with Cambridge United Community Trust CEO, Ben Szreter, taking part in Street Child United’s #Challenge14. To donate to this challenge for Street Child United please visit

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