Cambridge United to combine delivery of sport and science education with AstraZeneca.
Cambridge United are delighted to be combining the delivery of sport and science in primary schools across the region, through a new collaboration with multinational biopharmaceutical company AstraZeneca.
The global science led business, who operate in over 100 countries producing innovative medicines and are currently developing a new Research and Development Centre and Corporate Head Office at Cambridge Biomedical Campus, have agreed to support the club's ongoing work in primary schools across the area.
Cambridge United Community Trust and AstraZeneca will now form a strategic collaboration whereby AstraZeneca will be the sponsor of a new "health and science education" element to be included as part of Cambridge United's existing School Sport Programme.
Currently Cambridge United through its community department and charitable Trust, delivers PE lessons and extra-curricular clubs to 60 primary schools across Cambridgeshire, engaging with over 3,000 children, totalling a staggering 70,000 pupil-hours annually.
The new collaboration with AstraZeneca marks an opportunity for the club to expand the reach of the School Sport Programme further afield, as well as working alongside a world leader in the pharmaceutical and biological industry with the objective to combine science education with the fun and interaction of sport.
The health and science education programme is to be piloted during the end of Winter Term 2015 and the beginning of Spring Term 2016 and offered to all schools currently in the Trust programme with active PE delivery, during Spring Term 2016.
Commenting on the exciting development for the club, Chief Executive Jez George said: "We are delighted to be working with a company of AstraZeneca's calibre and reputation, who are going to play a significant role in the future of our city.
"It is fantastic for us that they have recognised the quality of our work within the community and wish to help us expand our outreach within primary schools.
"It is a great opportunity to widen the breadth of our School Sport Programme, which will benefit thousands of local youngsters, and we are very grateful to AstraZeneca for their support.”
Shaun Grady, Vice President, Business Development Operations at AstraZeneca said: “We have been really impressed by the terrific work the Trust do in schools all across the region.
“It is exciting for AstraZeneca to be part of a collaboration with the Trust extending the programmes to raise awareness of the science behind health and what science can do.”