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Disability Football sessions

As we move into the new term, it's not just our School Sport programme that is starting back up. Our Disability Sport programme, which had a break over the summer, also restarts in earnest next Saturday. Our Community Trust, which had previously been partnering with Cambridgeshire FA to deliver the sessions, is now taking the lead to provide opportunities for those with cerebral palsy or Down's syndrome, under the continued tutelage of Phil Mullen.

These sessions are extremely well received, but we have plans to do much more in Disability Football. Over the course of this season we aim to start up several more disability-specific sessions, driven by the belief that no one should feel unable to access opportunities to play sport. Obviously this is an ambitious ideal, but one which fits naturally within the Trust's key themes: education, inclusion and health. Everyone should feel they have the opportunity to engage with Cambridge United, and are therefore included in the community that surrounds our Club. Sport is an important step to inclusion, as it can help develop a sense of belonging and commonality.

We want to go even further than this though: as our sessions progress we would like to have disability teams representing Cambridge United in regional and national events. The opportunity to play sport competitively will afford our participants even greater benefits, exposing them to experiences that will be invaluable for their personal development, as well as challenge their technical skills on the pitch.

However, if we are to achieve these ambitions it will require the support of the local community. If you are interested in helping to support our Disability Football programme please contact Community Trust Manager Danny Kerrigan by email at: danny.kerrigan@cambridge-united.co.uk

Our Saturday morning sessions are held at Impington Village College from 10am – 12pm, and will run from Saturday 12 September until Saturday 5 December (with a week off for half-term in the middle). The sessions are focused on fun, with complete beginners welcome, and offer opportunities for parents and carers to socialise and even take part if they wish. We ask for £3 per person per session to help ensure the programme is sustainable. For more information please contact the Community Trust at: communitytrust@cambridge-united.co.uk

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