This afternoon we welcome the supporters, officials and playing staff of Shrewsbury Town to the Abbey Stadium. I have always been intrigued by and enjoyed the story of how, for many years, Fred Davies would launch his coracle into the River Severn to retrieve footballs kicked over the stands at Town’s old stadium Gay Meadow. These are the stories that make football clubs so special and unique to their supporters. Every club has them. Cambridge United supporters can read more about their own story by reading and following 100yearsofcoconuts www.100yearsofcoconuts.co.uk.
Next week we will be celebrating International Women’s Day on the 8th March, this afternoon, we celebrate those involved in our history, the current day and hopefully the future
We should start off by remembering Lily Harrison, Carol Looker and many others who helped the club reach the position they have. Lilly raised thousands of pounds during the days of both Abbey & Cambridge United. Carol would organise the coach travel and raffles to help the club she loved. These women have been the backbone of our club. Without their work, drive and dedication we would never have got to the level we have done. Both Lily and Carol are included in the clubs Hall of Fame.
Last Sunday, I watched the Cambridge United Women’s team beat Norwich at the Abbey Stadium. To ensure the team continues a lot of work goes on behind the scenes by a group of volunteers, but there is one person I would like to highlight out of many is Liz Pamplin. Liz has been involved with Cambridge United Women’s Football Club since moving to Cambridge 22 years ago. Having finally hung up her boots after 500 games Liz is now part of the backroom staff assisting with many training and match day roles aka ‘balls, bibs and cones!!’ Over those years she has been club secretary, treasurer, welfare officer, kit manager sometime physio and more recently COVID officer. Men’s match days see her selling programmes or on working on the turnstiles – Liz says that when you love the game and the club means so much, it’s the least you can do, and she wouldn’t have it any other way.
With the help of organisations like #hergametoo and the FSA (Football Supporters Association) I hope more and more women will come to watch or take part in the sport whatever their age. It is their right to enjoy the match day experience as much as any male. They should never suffer sexism or sexual abuse. It is wrong that they do and it should stop. Any form of discrimination at Cambridge United will be dealt with strongly and won’t be tolerated. Report it if it happens
We also welcome today the players, families and coaches from the local girl’s colt sides. I hope when they are older and look back as adults, they won’t still be talking about the issues we do today. They are our future supporters and players. I hope they will leave every match with a positive experiences, happy memories and come back time and time again to the Abbey
Level Playing Fields are also running the groups official Weeks of Action 2022 from Saturday 26 February to Sunday 13 March, they work with sports clubs, disabled supporters’ associations, governing bodies and other organisations. These weeks provide an annual period of inspiration and celebration of good access and inclusion at sports venues. During the past twelve months, Cambridge United have added Picturepath to our inclusion tools, as well as adding additional accessible bays in the South Stand, d’ring handles in the Main Stand, wet weather equipment and extra signage around the ground. The Community Trust organise a range of Inclusion Sessions see their website for more information https://www.cuctrust.co.uk/ please contact them
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