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Foundation Awards recognise community heroes

11 October 2023

Club News

Foundation Awards recognise community heroes

11 October 2023

On Thursday 28th of September, Cambridge United Foundation held its annual awards evening, this year hosted at Childerley Long Barn...

The evening saw 140 guests gather to celebrate the impact of the Foundation in local Cambridge’s communities this year. Guests were treated to some football freestyle entertainment on arrival, a great musical performance from Simon Cragg followed by a delicious three-course meal.

Throughout the night there was the opportunity win some prizes kindly donated to the event, including a night at the Gonville Hotel and some tickets in hospitality at an upcoming CUFC match.

Most importantly, the awards evening gives the Foundation the opportunity to recognise and celebrate participants and supporters of the Foundation who have achieved something amazing or gone the extra mile for their community. This year we had 7 award winners:

  • Inspirational Family, sponsored by Adam Webb

The winner of this years ‘Inspirational Family Award’ went to Becca & Kai, a family who through their determination and resilience have overcome significant hurdles to thrive in a range of Foundation sessions.

  • Project of the Year, sponsored by Coversure Insurance Cambridge

The winner of the Project of the Year award’ went to AstraZeneca Active Science. The project has impacted positively on the lives of thousands of primary school children in the Cambridge.

  • The Extra Mile, sponsored by Novotel Cambridge North

The winner of the ‘Extra Mile Award’ went to Barbara Watts. Barbara truly goes above and beyond in her support for her friends to engage with the work of the Foundation and the wider community network”.

  • Outstanding Achievement, sponsored by Thaxted Stoves

The ‘Outstanding Achievement Award’ went to George Hodson, whose determination to succeed is remarkable which has recently been rewarded with involvement in the England talent pathway for partially-sighted football.

  • Inspirational Teacher of the Year

The ‘Inspirational Teacher award’ recognises the work of Bex Houghton from Milton Primary for her phenomenal efforts in promoting sporting opportunities at her school. Bex is the PE Subject Lead at Milton and has consistently gone above and beyond to harness the power of sport for the pupils in her care.


Click here to read more about Bex's story.

  • Player of the Match, sponsored by Cambridge Charity Fundraisers

Cambridge United Foundation were delighted to honour Allan Riggs with an award for ‘Player of the Match award’, following his cardiac arrest in May this year.

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Click here to read more about Allan's story.

  • Outstanding Contribution Award, sponsored by Cambridge Charity Fundraisers

Cambridge United Foundation introduced a special award this year to recognise an outstanding contribution from an individual that has given so much time to both the Football Club and Foundation – Dr Graham Daniels.

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Read more about why Graham received by the award by clicking here.

In addition to the sponsors, the Foundation would like to extend a huge thank you to TR Global Events who coordinated the planning and running of the event, Childerley Long Barn, for hosting the awards at their beautiful venue and Cambridge United Football Club for their representation on the night, including Mark Bonner (first team head coach), Michael Morrison (men’s first team captain) and Gisela Otten (women’s first team captain).

Finally, the Foundation would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who attend the awards dinner and helped contribute to making it such and amazing and memorable night.

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