In the last month a number of Cambridge United First Team players have visited and supported the programmes that Cambridge United run in our local community through Cambridge United Community Trust.
Our match reporting programme, run in partnership with Cambridge Independent, had a visit from Liam O'Neil and David Amoo to Fen Ditton Primary School to assist with the session. The project aims to provide a unique opportunity for year 5 and 6 children to learn journalistic skills through a series six lessons. Liam and David were on hand to assist in the classroom and also to referee the football games which the children watch and participate in to write match reports about. The project culminated in a visit to the game against Accrington on 11th November to write a match report on the game and interview first team players.
After the visit Liam O'Neil said: "It was brilliant to be involved with such an exciting project and see children learning key educational skills whilst also having a lot of fun."
Next up was Cambridge United's visit to Abbey Meadows Primary School, where Dimitar Mitov and Jevani Brown helped with our AstraZeneca Active Science programme. The programme combines key scientific education with physical activity. The children took part in various activities such as running with parachutes in order to learn about wind resistance and forces. The players took part in all the activities with the children.
Jevani Brown said about the programme: "It provides a fun way for kids to learn about science using exercise. We loved being part of the activities and it would be great to be involved again."
Then, Cambridge United Community Trust went out into Abbey Ward to engage in a half-term activity session with both adults and children. The activities took place after a lunch at Barnwell Baptist Church where the children were challenged with a variety of games and tasks based around exercise. Piero Mingoia and Jabo Ibehre led our fun exercise stations at Dudley Road Recreation Ground and many people from the local community came together for the event.
Simon Wall, Community Liaison Officer for Cambridge United Community Trust, commented: "It's fantastic to get the first team players involved and out and about in our most local community, Abbey Ward. The players have been absolutely brilliant and it's great to see how positively the children react to them."
Finally, the annual Christmas visit to Addenbrookes' Children's ward saw the entire first team squad out in force to spread a touch of festive cheer to those not fortunate enough to celebrate Christmas at home.