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Cambridge United Launches Amputee Football Club

Cambridge United Community Trust (CUCT) has teamed up with Steel Bones UK to launch their very first weekly Amputee Football Training Session starting on 22nd February 7-8pm at Bottisham Village College in Cambridgeshire.

CUCT is the charitable arm of Cambridge United Football Club, which aims to use the brand of Cambridge United and the power of sport to have a positive impact on the local community. The Trust aims to positively impact the lives of individuals in Cambridgeshire, by delivering a number of programmes across the themes of education, health and inclusion.

Funded by Cambridgeshire FA, the aim of the sessions is to provide all amputees, people with congenital limb deficiencies and persons with restricted use of limbs, with the opportunity to play football. The sessions are open to people of all age groups and abilities.

Hayley Elphee, Disability Officer for Cambridgeshire FA said; “I’m delighted about the new sessions which will provide a great opportunity to participate and enjoy playing football. It’s also a great opportunity for volunteers to get involved and gain experience supporting this exciting new venture.”

Steel Bones UK Founder and Amputee Leigh Joy-Staines says “For us, the partnership between Cambridge United and Steel Bones UK is the perfect fit. Football brings both different individuals and communities together, to work as a team, support and motivate each other. This very notion is what Steel Bones UK has been based on so we can’t wait to share the news with our fellow amputees and their families.”

Health and Inclusion Officer at Cambridge United Community Trust, Andy Farrer says “We are thrilled to be working alongside Steel Bones UK and Cambridgeshire FA to run and promote the amputee football sessions. It is brilliant to be able to provide football opportunities in our local communities across Cambridge and we are excited to see the sessions develop over time”

To find out more about the amputee football or to register your interest please contact or call 07809 244895.

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Law Firm Irwin Mitchell Team Up With Cambridge United Community Trust

National law firm Irwin Mitchell and Cambridge United Community Trust (CUCT) have announced that the law firm, which has an office in Cambridge, is to sponsor the delivery of the CUCT’s Ambulant Cerebral Palsy football sessions for the next 12 months.

The sessions are held on Saturday mornings, 10-11am, at Impington Village College Sports Centre, Cambridge. They are run on a seven-week cycle and aim to encourage those with cerebral palsy to be involved with sport.

Guy Forster, head of medical negligence at Irwin Mitchell, said:

“We are delighted to support the great work that Cambridge United Community Trust does in delivering Ambulant Cerebral Palsy football sessions.

“Like Cambridge United Community Trust, we want to promote the many benefits that disability sport offers and encourage more people to get involved.”

Cerebral palsy is a condition that affects muscle control and movement, usually caused by an injury to the brain before, during or shortly after birth. Children with cerebral palsy can have difficulties controlling muscles and movements as they grow and develop.

Cerebral palsy football is for ambulant players with cerebral palsy and other neurological disorders, such as stroke and traumatic brain injury.

Ben Szreter, Cambridge United Community Trust CEO, said: “We are happy to welcome Irwin Mitchell on board as a new sponsor. The firm shares a similar drive to promote the benefits of disability sport.

“We are grateful to Irwin Mitchell for their sponsorship of these sessions and we can provide more opportunities for those who have cerebral palsy over the next 12 months.”

Andy Farrer, Health and Inclusion Officer at Cambridge United Community Trust, said: “We are extremely thankful to have Irwin Mitchell become a key part in continuing to provide opportunities for individuals to participate in sport with Cambridge United Community Trust.

“We look forward to working together with this sponsorship and future programmes.”

Irwin Mitchell is currently running its ‘Don’t Quit, Do It’, campaign which aims to promote disability sport. It was also sponsor of Parallel London and Official Legal Services Provider of the 2017 World Para Athletics Championships that were held in London.

Right to Left: Phil Mullen (CUCT Disability Sport Officer), Guy Forster (Irwin Mitchell) and Andy Farrer (CUCT Health and Inclusion Officer)

New walking football sessions starting on Monday 15th January

Following the successes of weekly walking football sessions on a Thursday at Cherry Hinton Village Leisure Centre, Cambridge United Community Trust are teaming with Let’s Get Moving Cambridgeshire to offer walking football sessions on Mondays 5pm-6pm in Fulbourn.

Walking football is the perfect opportunity to get active in the New Year, meet new people and share a love for the beautiful game. Age, gender, experience and ability are all insignificant in a relaxed, inclusive and supportive environment. Alongside the Cambridge United Community Trust Seniors' Lunch and afternoon tea, walking football helps the whole community stay involved with Cambridge United whilst keeping fit and sociable.

The new sessions start on Monday 15th January 5-6pm on the Fulbourn Multi-use games area and the first session is free of charge with future sessions costing £3.

For more information or to register your interest please email or Ellen Bridges on (phone number 01954 713294)

Cambridge football fans to sleep out in support of homeless charities

Supporters of Cambridge United, global campaigning charity Street Child United and homelessness charity Jimmy’s Cambridge will brave the winter weather in February to take part in a sponsored sleepout.

Those taking part will ‘sleep rough’ in the stands of the Abbey Stadium on Friday 23 February. Money raised through the sleepout will be divided between Street Child United and projects at Jimmy’s Cambridge delivered in partnership with the Cambridge United Community Trust.

Ben Szreter, CEO of the Cambridge United Community Trust, said: “It’s great to be able to work with Street Child United and Jimmy’s to raise money for some really important causes. Both charities do brilliant work both locally and globally and being able to use the Abbey Stadium, the hub of our community, to support their excellent work is an exciting prospect.”

Street Child United organises sporting and campaigning events for street-connected young people from across the world. In May they will host a Street Child World Cup in Moscow, bringing 216 street-connected young people from 22 countries to take part in a football tournament and campaign for their rights and protection.

John Wroe, Co-Founder and CEO of Street Child United, said: “As a charity founded in Cambridge we have a special relationship with the city. We’re delighted that the people of Cambridge want to demonstrate their compassion by taking part in this sleepout. By supporting Street Child United and Jimmy’s Cambridge, this city is showing the world that it cares for the most vulnerable people living both here and across the world.”

Jimmy’s Cambridge delivers 24/7 emergency accommodation and supported housing for those who would otherwise be homeless or vulnerably housed. The charity’s vision is to provide homeless accommodation pathways from the street floor to a sustainable front door.

Barry Griffiths, Communities and Communications Officer of Jimmy’s Cambridge, said: "Jimmy's Cambridge is proud to be associated with the sleepout organised by Cambridge United Community Trust and to be alongside our friends Street Child United. This sleepout will demonstrate how generous Cambridge is and how mindful the community is for individuals that are less fortunate. Thank you Cambridge for your kindness and generosity to both charities – please come along and enjoy a night under the stars at the wonderful Abbey Stadium"

Anyone wishing to take part in the sleepout can email for more information.

First Team Christmas Visit to Addenbrooke's Children's Wards

Following their usual tradition, the players of Cambridge United Football Club paid a festive visit to the Children's Wards at Addenbrooke's Hospital. Players visited children on wards D2, C2 and C3.

The U's spent time chatting to the children, parents and siblings, as well as staff, signing autographs and putting a smile on many faces. Goodie bags and presents were given out and left for the children who will unfortunately find themselves in hospital over the next few weeks.

Cambridge United Community Trust would like to thank the Amber Army who kindly donated presents in the weeks leading up to the visit, for the U's first team players to deliver.

Andy Farrer, Cambridge United Community Trust Health and Inclusion Officer, said: "It was great to see the smiles on the children's faces at Addenbrooke's during the players visit.

"We'd like to thank the brilliant work of the Addenbrooke's staff both for facilitating our visit and for what they do every day, which we got a brief view of during our visit.

"We'd also like to thank our fans for their generosity in donating presents for the children at Addenbrooke's."