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Cambridge United Community Trust proud to support Kick It Out once again in 2019!

Cambridge United Community Trust proud to support 'Kick It Out' once again in 2019!

Cambridge United Community Trust are proud to support Kick It Out, a charity which campaigns for the end of any discrimination in our beautiful game.
We are firmly behind their key message that football must be a sport where all people can flourish in a supportive community.

The ‘Let’s Kick Racism Out of Football’ campaign was established in 1993 in response to widespread calls from clubs, players and fans to tackle racist attitudes existing within the game. Kick It Out was then established as a body in 1997 as it widened out its objectives to cover all aspects of discrimination, inequality and exclusion.

We're delighted to announce that our annual Kick It Out matchday will take place against Colchester United on the 30th March! We will be delviering assemblies to over 8,000 young people sharing the message of how we can all do our bit to tackle discrimination.

We also took the Kick It Out banner to three of our sessions so some of our disability sport & PL Girls' participants can get behind this important message.

PL Girls at Netherhall
Autistic and Learning Difficulties/Disabilities Sessions: Under 16
Autistic and Learning Difficulties/Disabilities Sessions: Adult

You may also be able to spot Bryson from our Frame Football sessions as well!

United In Learning!

Cambridge: United in Learning

Football club staff and supporters offered new bursaries to study at University of Cambridge in 2019

The University of Cambridge Institute of Continuing Education (ICE) and Cambridge United Football Club’s charity – Cambridge United Community Trust (CUCT), have collaborated to provide four new 100% tuition fee bursaries.

This exciting new partnership will enable the Club’s supporters, players and coaches to enrol on an Institute of Continuing Education Undergraduate Certificate courses across a wide range of subjects in areas as diverse as science and medicine, coaching, business and management, creative writing and philosophy. There are almost 20 courses eligible for the new bursaries and no existing academic qualifications are required for our Undergraduate Certificate courses – they are open to all.

The Undergraduate Certificates will start in autumn 2019 and are all delivered on a part-time basis. This makes them accessible to those working or with other personal commitments which would preclude full-time study. The four new bursaries on offer are intended to support regular Cambridge United fans, such as season ticket holders, players, coaches and other staff.

Announcing the new bursaries, Dr James Gazzard, Director of the University’s Institute of Continuing Education, said, “The Institute of Continuing Education offers open courses which allow adults to access higher education for the first time, improve career prospects or learn for personal development. We are delighted to work with the Cambridge United Community Trust to engage adults who could benefit from the opportunity to study for a qualification at the University of Cambridge through a new collaborative funding programme called Cambridge: United in Learning. The Trust’s reach and the important work they do with disadvantaged groups and many other local stakeholders means that we can work in partnership to provide university-level courses free of charge for adults from diverse backgrounds.”

Eligible applicants should be over 18, be supporters, players and coaches who do not already hold a recognised higher education level qualification and have limited financial means.

Ben Szreter, CEO of Cambridge United Community Trust said, “We are delighted to partner with the University of Cambridge’s Institute of Continuing Education to establish these innovative bursaries. Ensuring a wide access to education for everyone in society and at all ages is a very important objective and one which these bursaries will help to promote. As a result of this partnership Cambridge United fans, players, coaches and community participants will all have a chance to study at the University of Cambridge on a bursary which is a very exciting prospect. In a city that has been named for two years as the most unequal city in the UK it is important to establish collaborations across institutions that can tackle inequality and this partnership between the University of Cambridge and Cambridge United is part of that process.

Applying for a Cambridge: United in Learning tuition fee bursary

Applicants apply for a bursary before making an application for a place on one of the designated list of Undergraduate Certificate courses on offer at ICE in autumn 2019, through the Institute’s online application portal. The deadline for bursary applications is 12 April 2019. They will need to send in a 300 word personal statement describing how receiving a bursary would benefit them and their proposed course of study at ICE. They will also need to provide evidence of their financial circumstances (income). Applications will be assessed by a panel from ICE and CUCT.

Cambridge: United in Learning – world class education for the world of football

ICE have an extensive range of Undergraduate courses including:
Sociology, Politics and Psychology, Film Studies, Creative Writing, English Literature, Coaching, Cognitive Psychology, International Development, Operational Business and Management.

Full details of all courses are available on the ICE website. There are almost 20 courses eligible for the new Cambridge: United in Learning bursaries.

They also offer lively events, short courses and cultural performances. Their base at historic Madingley Hall, just outside Cambridge, is an ideal place for retreats, reflection and inspiration.

Ben Szreter, CEO,

Irwin Mitchell agree Sponsorship of 2 Disability Sport Sessions!

We are delighted to announc that Irwin Mitchell have agreed a deal which will see it sponsor our Ambulant Cerebral Palsy Football sessions for a second consecutive year, while they have also given backing to our Amputee Football programme.

We're pleased that the Cambridge office of national law firm Irwin Mitchell have once again demonstrated their commitment to supporting disability sport in the local community by sponsoring these two sessions and will also join us at the Gala Dinner in May!

The Ambulant Cerebral Palsy Football sessions have proven to be a major hit in recent years, and they are part of the our wider disability sport programme whose 12 weekly sessions reach an average of 50 people. It was also recognised by the Cambridgeshire FA as their Grassroots Community Project of the Year.

Our Amputee Football programme launched in February 2018 in partnership with Cambridgeshire FA & Steel Bones, a charity working to connect the civilian amputee community, and has created an inclusive environment for amputees and their families to play the game together.

Irwin Mitchell has an ongoing commitment to backing disability sport as part of their Don’t Quit Do It initiative, a campaign backed by multiple gold medal-winning Paralympian Hannah Cockroft MBE which aims to highlight both the physical and psychological benefits of being active.

As well as working with Cambridge United Community Trust, the law firm is proud of its links to a range of other organisations including the England Amputee Football Association and teams based in areas including Portsmouth.

Neil Whiteley, a Partner and specialist serious injury lawyer at Irwin Mitchell’s Cambridge office, said:

“We are delighted to once again lend our support to the Cambridge United Community Trust and the fantastic work it is doing for so many people across the local area.
Through our work we can see that sport has a huge life-changing impact on those who have suffered serious injuries, helping them to regain confidence, independence and enjoy a range of physical and psychological benefits. These initiatives operated by Cambridge United have made a huge difference in the community so far and they have plans to take their work a step further across the year ahead. We are delighted to able to join them on that journey.”

Sam Gomarsall, Head of Operations at Cambridge United Community Trust, said:

“We are very proud of our relationship with Irwin Mitchell, a firm which is developing an incredible track record in terms of its support for disability sport in general. It is fantastic to see such an organisation throw its weight behind sport and the benefits it can have. Their support is vital to empowering people with disabilities in Cambridgeshire and we are hugely grateful for their ongoing help.”

£6,500 donation from Cambridge Roar 2018

Cambridge United Community Trust are absolutely delighted to receive a donation from The Cambridge Roar for £6,500. This is the second year running in which we have received a donation from the Roar bringing the total amount raised over the two years to £16,500. In just 4 years, the Roar has raised £107,000 for local charities and the whole Roar team should be congratulated for their marvellous efforts.

Ben Szreter, CEO of Cambridge United Community Trust, said of the donation “Cambridge Roar’s fantastic fundraising in 2018 will make a significant difference to what CUCT can achieve in our community again next year. The work of the Roar team is much appreciated and not only do they raise a great amount of money for charity but they also put on exhilarating events.”

The Cambridge Roar 2018 held 8 different fundraising events at Quy Mill Hotel & Spa and it was a pleasure to be at all of the events! Cambridge Roar’s fervent fundraising within the Cambridgeshire business community is crucial, not solely in terms of the money we have received but also in raising awareness of our programmes. The money raised this year was split between ourselves and 3 other other local charities: Arthur Rank Hospice, East Anglia Air Ambulance & Racing Welfare.

First up and new for this year was the Football Heroes Dinner. This was a fantastic evening with 4 Cambridge United legends taking part: David Moyes, Steve Claridge, John Taylor & the Trust’s very own Graham Daniels! Sharing their ‘United’ memories, the evening brought together the business community with the football world and provided a fantastic launch for the Roar 18 events!

Following this were the Amateur Boxing Black Tie dinner, the exclusive Champagne Dinner supported by Moet & Chandon and the very popular B2B Exhibition supported by The Cambridgeshire Chambers of Commerce. Alongside this was the Business Games, in which the charities team took part!

July saw the Racing Dinner return with Newmarket Racecourse and Discover Newmarket partnering the event. The Afternoon Tea also took place in July and included bingo on a very hot summer’s day! The schedule of events finished with the outstanding ‘Greatest Ball’ in September, the Roar’s take on the blockbusting film, ‘The Greatest Showman’!

We are immensely grateful to the Cambridge Roar for supporting us in 2017 & 2018 and the money raised will help us to use the power of sport and the brand of Cambridge United Football Club to empower lives in our key areas of health, education & inclusion.

Deaf & Hearing Impairment Team receive donation from Qualcomm

Our Deaf & Hearing Impairment team were delighted to receive a donation of over £600 from Qualcomm, a mobile technology company based at the Cambridge Business Park.

Qualcomm fundraised for the team during the 2018 World Cup with a whole host of different activities including keepy-up challenges and wearing football shirts into the office.

Two members of the Qualcomm team came to see the sessions, led by our disability sports officer, Phil Mullen. They were joined as well by Mark Bonner, assistant manager of Cambridge United with 8 of our younger professional footballers.

After warming up the Deaf & Hearing Impairment team took part in a series of football drills, practising their dribbling and passing. The Cambridge United professionals & Qualcomm staff then joined our team in some dribbling races and a game of football noughts and crosses!

Finally the youngsters took on the Cambridge United professionals in a match! The young people had a fantastic time and we are grateful to Mark and the players for taking time to come and visit the session. We are also thankful to the team Qualcomm for their generous donation.

Our sessions run every Monday from 3.15pm - 4.45pm at Cottenham Village College.