Cambridge United are pleased to announce tomorrow’s Sky Bet League Two fixture against Tranmere Rovers, will see a Community Trust takeover at the Abbey Stadium.

We’ll be celebrating the work of Cambridge United across our wonderful community throughout the day, which will include a Pan-Disability game on the pitch at half-time and a complete takeover of the match day programme where supporters can read about the range of initiatives, campaigns and projects currently taking place.

The Club will also be joined in the stands by over 100 of the Community Trust’s participants from various initiatives, to support the U’s in their Sky Bet League Two encounter.

Cambridge United Community Trust CEO Ben Szreter’s opens tomorrow’s match day programme, and you can read a preview of his article right here:

“I’m delighted to be able to welcome you all to Cambridge United’s Community Takeover Day for the 2018/19 season. Today’s match is part of a celebration of the work of Cambridge United throughout our community.

Cambridge United Community Trust is the charitable arm of Cambridge United Football Club. We aim to place Cambridge United at the heart of our community using the power of sport to raise aspirations, build communities and improve lives. The community work of Cambridge United reaches a wide variety of people throughout our community. Among many others this includes senior citizens who attend our monthly lunches or walking football, primary school children participating in AstraZeneca Active Science or Match Report Writing or our other various work in primary school, people with a variety of impairments taking part in one of our eleven weekly disability sport sessions and teenagers engaging in our Mind Your Head Mental Health project or National Citizens Service.

Cambridge is an immensely wealthy city with a thriving economy including innovative businesses with global reach. However, significant inequality exists within Cambridge. Cambridge in 2017 and 2018 was named as the most unequal city in the UK (data was unavailable for 2019). An example of the stark inequality is that life expectancy is up to 9.3 years lower in the poorest areas of the city than the richest.

Indeed Abbey ward, which the Abbey Stadium of course sits in, has some of the highest child poverty rates in the city which are approximately 26.7%. These issues of inequality and deprivation must be tackled and solutions found to improve people’s lives. With the correct facilities and support Cambridge United can increasingly be of central importance to strategies to tackle these issues. Our Club relies on establishing and maintaining strong links with our community and we hope that our community can continue to increasingly see Cambridge United as of central importance. We want to be vital to our community’s sense of pride and help to raise aspirations by working in partnership with local authorities and local businesses.”

The match day programme as always will be available for £3 in the Club Shop, from the CFU Van and from sellers across the stadium. Also in tomorrow’s edition:

-          Graham Daniels – Community Trust Chair

-          Colin Calderwood – Head Coach

-          Tranmere Rovers – Away Profile

-          David Amoo - Player Feature

-          The 12th Fan – Phil Gannon

-          100 Years of Coconuts

Community Trust Features:

-          AstraZeneca Active Science

-          Walking Football Marches On

-          Man v Fat

-          National Citizen Service

-          Mental Health Drop ins

-          Mind Your Head – Mental Health Campaign

-          The Abbey Green Team

-          Ethos Community Heroes – parkrun – Tracy Hutchison and Paul Beastall

Tickets for tomorrow’s game are available online by clicking here.