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Cambridge United share memories in local care home

100 Years of Coconuts, in partnership with Cambridge United Community Trust, continues to spread the story of the U’s to all sectors of the community, including older people.

One morning last week saw Coconuts volunteers and Trust employees visit Brook House care home in Cambridge to chat to residents about their memories of United, football in general, their lives and their memories of Cambridge.

They took with them photographs, memory cards and other aids to reminiscence, including pieces of football kit from yesteryear – goalkeeper Rodney Slack’s 1950s boots proved especially popular.

Andy Farrer, Health and Inclusion Officer at Cambridge United Community Trust, said 'It was a brilliant morning hearing stories from the past, singing songs and laughing about old memories with the football club and Cambridge in general. We are looking forward to sharing these memories with other care homes in the local area.'

CUCT and Coconuts will be visiting more care homes and independent living schemes in months to come.

Cambridge University students work with Cambridge United Community Trust

Students from Cambridge University have supported Cambridge United Community Trust by completing a six week Social Innovation Programme in partnership with Cambridge Hub who co-ordinate Cambridge University students’ charitable activities.

The students were challenged to provide an evaluation of the Disability sports sessions that Cambridge United run each week. The project involved attending sessions, interviewing participants and taking surveys in order to gain a good understanding of the impact that Cambridge United Community Trust are having in this area. Based on this, recommendations on how the programmes can be improved in the future were presented to involved members of staff.

Andy Farrer, Health and Inclusion Officer at Cambridge United Community Trust said: ‘It was brilliant to have a group of such hard working students provide us with recommendations on how we can improve our existing sessions. We would like to thank the students Kayan, Sinead, Toni, Lucy and Regan along with Cambridge Hub for making this project possible.’

The Social Innovation programme that Cambridge Hub run encourages students to address challenging issues that are taking place with local organisations, allowing the students to provide innovative solutions to tackle real ongoing challenges. Cambridge United Community Trust aim to continue working closely with Cambridge Hub and Cambridge University in the future.

Cambridge United announces charity partnership with Street Child United

Cambridge United Football Club has announced its long-term partnership with international charity Street Child United, working to help improve lives of the world’s most vulnerable children.

A Cambridge-founded charity, Street Child United addresses the plight of street-connected children by raising awareness on an international scale, challenging stigma and, championing their rights. Key to this campaign is the Street Child World Cup, which takes place ahead of the FIFA World Cup and enables street-connected children from across the world to play in a football tournament to change the way the world negatively sees and treats them.

As part of this partnership, Cambridge United will work with Street Child United to raise awareness of the Street Child World Cup. This will be carried out through match day activities, school-based assemblies and fundraising challenges. Cambridge United will also support Street Child United at their flagship events such as the Street Child World Cup: The Future Depends on You in Moscow in 2018.

John Wroe, CEO and Co-Founder of Street Child United says of the collaboration: “The next Street Child World Cup kicks off in 2018 and we are delighted that our local Club, Cambridge United FC, is partnering with our global project using football to improve the lives of street-connected children in countries all around the world. Together we share a love for the game, and recognise its power to make a positive impact on individuals and communities.

“Street Child United was born in Cambridge 10 years ago and our success is rooted in this wonderful city – a small, yet international city that reaches out across the globe. It’s a testament to Cambridge United that they have chosen to partner the Club, its supporters and the people of Cambridge with an organisation committed to helping children throughout the world be protected, respected and supported to reach their full potential – achieved through playing football.”

Ben Szreter, Cambridge United Community Trust CEO, said: “Street Child United are an amazing charity who raise awareness about a hugely important topic through the power of sport. The issues about unfairness and inequality that they tackle globally align perfectly with Cambridge United’s desire to tackle the same issues locally.”

Jez George, Cambridge United CEO, said: “It’s impossible not to be inspired by Street Child United and the work they do across the world. They’re a fantastic organisation and we are very excited to partner them and committed to support all of their work."

Living Sport Awards

On 23rd November at the Living Sport Sports Awards 2017 Cambridge United Community Trust were awarded the Matthew Warn Power of Sport award. The award was given to Cambridge United Community Trust for making an impact in the local community using sport.

Ben Szreter, CEO of Cambridge United Community Trust, said: “We’re delighted to receive this award from Living Sport and hope that our programmes will continue to improve the lives of many individuals across Cambridgeshire. This award is testament to the hard work of our staff across all of our programmes as well as our Trustees dedication to using the power of sport to positively influence people’s lives.”

Cambridge United Community Trust were awarded the Power of Sport award mainly for their disability sport programme. The disability sport sessions use the power of sport to help people with various disabilities get active and develop the physical and social skills to support their lives. Eight different weekly disability sport sessions take place including blind football, deaf football, cerebral palsy sessions, Down ’s syndrome football and football for individuals with learning difficulties and/or disabilities.

Cambridge United Community Trust aim to grow and develop the disability sport programme and social inclusion projects that currently exist and further positively influence the local communities in and around Cambridge in the future.

Cambridge United Community Trust receive £10,000 donation from Cambridge Roar Festival

Cambridge United Community Trust are delighted to receive a £10,000 donation from the recent Cambridge Roar Festival this year. The fourth annual Festival ended on a high following its longest and busiest year to date. From June to the end of September, more than 3,000 people attended the Festival’s series of 12 high-profile events. Even more remarkable, the Festival raised £30,000 across the three months for the three charities it supports, bringing the total raised since the Festival started in 2014 up to £85,000. The other two charities supported by Cambridge Roar are East Anglian Air Ambluance and Arthur Rank Hospice. This generous support allows the work that Cambridge United Community Trust do with individuals and community groups across Cambridge to further grow and develop.

CEO of Cambridge United Community Trust, Ben Szreter said: “Thanks to the amazing efforts of the Cambridge Roar team we will be able to expand and increase our work to tackle inequality in Cambridge. The fundraising effort has been brilliant and it’s been an absolute pleasure to be part of.”

Highlights of this year’s Festival included the Sporting Heroes dinner with Olympian Goldie Sayers, stars from the motor racing world Mark Blundell and Steve Parrish, and football legend Roy McFarland. During the evening, Steve Parrish had the audience in stiches telling past tales of escapades with motorcycling superstar and best friend, Barry Sheene. Steve certainly proved that he could hold his own with comedians, Lou Sanders, Phil Wang, Alun Cochrane and Adam Hess, who also had the audience of more than 450 doubled up with laughter during the sell-out Comedy Night a week later.

For those who like their sporting heroes to be of the four-legged variety there was the Final Furlong dinner, with pioneering jockey and now trainer, Gay Kelleway, the only woman to ride a winner at Royal Ascot; fellow trainers Gay Kelleway and George Scott; Director of Racing at Jockey Club Racecourses, Michael Prosser; legendary jump jockey Bob Champion, who had a film made about his life with Joh Hurt playing Bob; and former flat racing jockey Freddie Tylicki who, in 2016, was left paralysed in the lower half of his body after a horrific accident at Kempton Park Racecourse.

Further highlights included the White-Collar boxing, which saw a another sell-out rowdy crowd cheering on those the boxers which included Cambridge Uniteds Chief Operating Officer Henry Comfort; and all the glamour of the Champagne Dinner, Summer Ball, and the finale Fire and Ice Ball, which had BBC Look East presenter, Amanda Goodman and BBC Radio Cambridgeshire presenter, Chris Mann hosting, ably assisted by Miss Cambridgeshire 2017.

The Roar aims to cater for everyone. As such, there was something for the corporate world with the Corporate Games and a packed B2B exhibition; a Wedding Fair teeming with all those blushing brides and gleaming grooms; and even a spot of Afternoon Tea.

Tony Murdock, Founder and Chairman of the Cambridge Roar Festival, is over the moon. He said: “This has been the best year yet! I think it is testament to the hard work the Roar team put in as well as the variety of events that attracts so many local people. We are extremely grateful to everyone who attended and dug deep for the three charities. It’s been a fantastic year with a whole host of amazing people helping us from the media and sporting worlds, to all the local businesses who sponsored the Roar. We offer them a massive thank you for their generosity. Here’s to Roar 2018!”

Festivals such as The Cambridge Roar allow Cambridge United Community Trust to expand their current programmes and have a positive impact on the local communities across Cambridge.

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The Cambridge Roar, the only Festival of its kind in the region, exists to support charities that help local people and to date has raised almost £60,000 excluding 2017 funds. The Festival offers a series of fun events, from comedy nights and corporate games to glitzy balls and fashion shows, all the while raising much-needed funds for the charities it supports. 100% of the profits from these events are split between the chosen charities. In addition to the fun community events, which are all held at Quy Mill Hotel and Spa, the Roar also creates opportunities for businesses to network, entertain clients and reward staff.