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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.

For further information visit www.thecambridgeroar.co.uk

Visit the Festival’s twitter site @CambridgeRoar, or Facebook page thecambridgeroarltd

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.

Anti-Bullying assemblies

Anti-Bullying assemblies

Over the past three weeks, Cambridge United Community Trust have delivered Anti-Bullying assemblies to over 1600 pupils in local primary schools.

The key message of the assemblies has been ‘All different, all equal’, in line with the theme of Anti-Bullying Week 2017. Our Key Stage One assemblies have focused on why it is good to be different, using the story ‘Elmer’ by David McKee to engage younger pupils. Key Stage Two assemblies have looked at diversity in more detail, exploring what it is and why it should be celebrated. Using the Cambridge United playing squad as an example, we discussed how difference can be used in a positive way and why it is important to treat everyone equally.

Both of the assemblies have emphasised how nobody has the right to criticise anyone else for being different, and how if this keeps happening, it is bullying. Importantly, children taking part have identified what they would do if they were worried about any of the issues raised.

The presentations have been very well received in schools and we will be offering a range of new anti-bullying assemblies next year.

“Thank you so much for your assembly on Wednesday. The content on anti-bullying was pitched perfectly for primary-aged children and our children enjoyed the opportunity to participate and talk about these important issues … Overall, your assembly was paced perfectly and your messages catchy and memorable.”

Louise Davies

Y6 teacher

Holywell Primary School

“I thought the assembly was excellent - it was well paced, engaging and really involved the children. The message that difference was a positive thing came across really clearly and the link to the different qualities of the Cambridge United team members struck a chord with many of the older children…It was an excellent start to our Anti-Bullying week and we are very much looking forward to your next visit.”

Siobhan Rouse

Headteacher

Harston and Newton Community Primary School

During the rest of the 2017-18 academic year, we will be delivering more assemblies on a wide range of themes, including teamwork, growth mindset and our ‘Kick it Out’ anti-racism workshops.

For more information about our assemblies, please contact our Head of Primary School Education, Tim Walker.

E: tim.walker@-cambridge-united.co.uk

Wear Red Day

Wear Red Day

Cambridge United Community Trust were involved running the sports activities at Cambridge Regional College in support of the recent Wear Red Day to show racism the red card.

The national day of action encourages schools, businesses and individuals to wear red and donate to help facilitate the delivery of anti-racism education for young people & adults throughout England, Scotland and Wales. All the money raised from Wear Red Day allows more young people and adults across the UK to challenge racism in society.

Cambridge United Community Trust engaged young people with various sports activities using the inflatable pitch, chip in the skip challenge, football tennis, penalty shootouts and keepy up competitions. It was great to have CRC’s football scholars, who train with Cambridge United to help run the football activities.

Andy Farrer, Cambridge United Community Trust Health and Inclusion Officer, said “It was great to support the Wear Red Day at CRC and run some fun activities to support this national day of action. It was brilliant to see so many people around the college backing the campaign.”