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Community Trust welcomes 200 young visitors to the Abbey for Active Science Day 2018

Active Science Day 2018

On Friday 6th July, Cambridge United Community Trust were delighted to host their second annual Active Science Day here at the Abbey Stadium. The event was a celebration of this year’s work in local primary schools on the innovative Active Science programme, developed and run in partnership with AstraZeneca, the global pharmaceutical company whose headquarters are based in Cambridge.

Almost two hundred children and staff from Abbey Meadows, Ashwell, Orchard Park and St Laurence schools attended the event and participated in a carousel of activities designed to consolidate their understanding of the links between science and sport. The overall goal of Active Science is to inspire the next generation of scientists through sport and the activities on offer were chosen to act as a final addition to the school-based sessions that have run throughout this academic year.

The first activity on offer was an interactive show put on by Cambridge Science Centre staff in the Premier Travel suite. Entitled ‘Gums to Bum’, the show covered exactly what you might expect from such a clear title, i.e. the physical journey of food through the digestive system. The finale of the show produced an extremely squidgy end product, which as well as leaving some pupils slightly horrified, also provided a fantastic scientific explanation of the processes involved for our young visitors. The show also covered the importance of healthy lifestyles and a balanced diet in order to keep our digestive systems working properly.

Following on from this, pupils had the opportunity to participate in a physically active Science lesson next to the South Stand. Delivered by Simon Wall, Community Liaison Officer for the Trust in scorching conditions, our young scientists used football as a model for developing their understanding of how forces act upon moving objects. Through exploring the different ways a football might move during a match, pupils covered key concepts such as the effects of opposite forces on a ball and how gravity can have an impact upon a match.

The final activity of the day was an informal question and answer session with AstraZeneca scientists and representatives of Cambridge United playing staff, including a first-team player from CUWFC, an ex-Cambridge United player and three scholars from the Academy. Pupils asked a range of challenging and thought-provoking questions, ranging from trying to get a more detailed understanding of the process of clinical drug trials, to the everyday impact of sports science upon the footballers. Everyone involved in this activity was thoroughly impressed by the depth of questioning from the young audience as well as their powers of concentration.

The Community Trust staff would like to thank everyone involved in making the day such a resounding success and look forward to developing Active Science further as we move into the coming academic year.

Disability Football Festival a huge success!

Following the great success of last year’s event, Cambridge United Community Trust were delighted to partner again with Histon Hornets Football Club to hold our annual Disability Sport Festival. If you were at Impington Village College on Sunday 8th July, you’d have seen over 30 people from our weekly disability football sessions taking part in games and matches. Phil Mullen, Disability Sport Officer for Cambridge United Community Trust, was there to organise the whole day and make sure everything ran smoothly, assisted by volunteers Beth and Eleanor.

The Festival included separate activities for adults and juniors. The adult players took part in matches, showing impressive skill and with lots of great goals being scored. Meanwhile, the junior players did a mixture of fun skills-based games (including crowd favourite ‘Chicken or Hero’) and short matches, putting into practice what they had learned. On one of the hard courts, there was also a dedicated frame football match for 2 of our junior players.

However, the Festival wasn’t just about playing football – having fun and making friends were just as important. Players from across our 9 sessions took part, meaning that people from different sessions could mix and get to know each other, leading to some new friendships being formed. With such a friendly and inclusive atmosphere, it wasn’t long before siblings, parents and carers were also getting involved in the fun! Temperatures reached a balmy 30C, so there were plenty of opportunities in between activities to relax in the sun and enjoy the food and ice-cream on offer.

Overall, players really enjoyed the festival and there were smiling faces all round. The event finished with an awards and presentation ceremony, with all players receiving a medal for their participation.

Phil Mullen, Disability Sport Officer for Cambridge United Community Trust, is passionate about providing more opportunities for disabled people to play sport. He was absolutely delighted with how the event went:

‘It was fantastic to see such a good level of football skills on display, new friendships being formed, and lots of happy faces from the players, parents and carers. I look forward to building numbers across all our sessions and making next year’s festival even bigger!’

Ben Szreter, CEO of Cambridge United Community Trust, highlighted the key role played by the Disability Sport Festival in the Trust’s wider disability sport programme:

‘The disability sport festival is a really important part of Cambridge United Community Trust’s disability sport programme. The event encourages a celebration of disability sport and is embedded within Histon Hornets annual youth football tournament. Once more this year there was a great atmosphere on the day celebrating inclusive sport. I’d like to thank Histon Hornets, all the participants and volunteers as well as Phil Mullen for his organisation of this inspiring event.’

Cambridge United Community Trust run 9 weekly disability football sessions: Ambulant Cerebral Palsy football, Down’s syndrome football, Blind football, Visually-impaired football, Deaf and hearing-impaired football, Frame football, Powerchair football, Amputee football and Manual wheelchair football. For more information on any of our sessions, please see: http://www.cuctrust.co.uk/disability-sport/.

If you, or someone you know, would be interested in taking part in one of our sessions, get in touch with Phil at: phil.mullen@cambridge-united.co.uk or call 07948 407950. We’d love to see you there!

Cambridge United Community Trust’s disability sport programme wins Cambridgeshire FA Community Project and Coach of the Year

Photo: Participants at the Disability Sport Festival 2018, run by CUCT in partnership with Histon Hornets FC.

Last week it was announced that Cambridge United Community Trust have picked up two awards from Cambridgeshire FA in their yearly Grassroots Football Awards. The awards are given out and recognised for efforts in helping Cambridgeshire’s football community grow and develop.

Cambridge United Community Trust’s Disability sport officer, Phil Mullen, was chosen as the Coach of the Year while the Community Trust were awarded the Community Project of the Year for its disability sport programme. The awards were given to highlight and recognise the growing opportunities that Cambridge United Community Trust provide for weekly sessions in the community for people with different disabilities.

CUCT have been growing their disability sport programme over the last few years with the work of Phil Mullen leading the way and passionately aiming to continue to provide more opportunities for people with disabilities of all ages to play sport.

CUCT’s disability sport programme currently runs 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 the sessions, please see: http://www.cuctrust.co.uk/disability-sport/

Photos: Paricipants at the Disability Sport Festival 2018, run by CUCT in partnership with Histon Hornets FC.

Ben Szreter, CEO of Cambridge United Community Trust, said:

“We’re humbled to receive this award for our growing disability sport programme. We want to provide opportunities for as many people as possible to play football and our disability sport programme is a big part of that. I’d also like to congratulate Phil Mullen for his incredible work coaching and inspiring people with various disabilities; he truly deserves the recognition his aware will bring him.”

Phil Mullen, Disability Sport Officer for Cambridge United Community Trust, said:

“I am very proud to be part of the team that runs Cambridge United Community trust's disability sport programme which has been named Cambridgeshire FA Grassroots Community Project of the Year. Over the past few years I have seen the disability football sessions go from strength to strength. From offering two sessions, one for Cerebral Palsy players and one for Down's Syndrome players when we first started , this has now increased to 11 separate impairment specific sessions per week including. Amputee, Autistic Spectrum Disorder/Learning disabilities, Blind, Visually Impaired, Deaf /hearing impaired, powerchair, manual wheelchair & frame users.

We also now have an annual disability football festival, hosted by Histon Hornets FC. I look forward to building on this success and growing the disability sport provision even more in the future.

I am truly honoured & humbled at being named Cambridgeshire FA Grassroots Football Coach of the Year. I get my reward at every session I coach, when I see lots of smiling faces and hear lots of giggles from people having fun, this award is the icing on the cake. I would like to thank all of my players for being amazing and great fun to coach and all the parents and carers who give their time to bring players to sessions, you are my heroes.

I would like to thank Cambridge United Community Trust who have helped and supported me to achieve my goal of providing fun football sessions for all.”

Photo: Phil Mullen, Disability Sport Officer for CUCT

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: http://www.cuctrust.co.uk/disability-sport/

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 phil.mullen@cambridge-united.co.uk or call 01223 632129 for more information.