Cambridge United celebrated its partnership with Cambridge Regional College on and off the pitch this week – with a big message of support for a Higher Education programme in Sport Studies at its match against Doncaster Rovers.
The club chief executive Jez George invited CRC principal Mark Robertson and other members of staff to the match and on to the pitch at half time to mark the successful association in front of the club’s supporters.
The college and the club, which have been partners for 12 years, are working together on Higher Education qualifications in Sport and Coaching, giving students the opportunity to study at CRC at university level and take advantage of coaching jobs and experience at United.
Football scholars with CRC Faculty Director Kate Da Costa and Head of Sport Rob Metcalfe
Jez George said Cambridge United was delighted to welcome representatives from Cambridge Regional College to the fixture, celebrating the flourishing partnership that has allowed the club to nurture individuals both on and off the field.
“The long-running collaboration between Cambridge United and the college, which has now spanned more than a decade, continues to provide youngsters with a growing number of opportunities to work across the sports industry,” he said.
“Cambridge United’s Futsal Scholarship programme and Shadow Scholarship programme are both delivered in conjunction with CRC, with all players within those programmes studying for a Level 3 Diploma in Sport.
“The partnership ensures that for the majority who are unlikely to craft a professional playing career in football, they are equipped with a qualification that provides a pathway into either further education or full-time employment.”
The link between CRC and Cambridge United provides an excellent opportunity for young sports coaches to gain full-time employment at the club. Development coaches Rogan McGeorge, Charlie Woolfe, Charlie Rome, David Ramjee and Charlie Brown all now deliver sessions across the U’s Community Sport and School Sport programmes as a result of their studies and the close link between CRC and Cambridge United.
Cambridge United Shadow Academy Manager Jake Hammond, said: “Working with CRC to deliver the Shadow Scholarship scheme among other programmes, fits with the club’s holistic approach to ensure that every young person improves their qualities as an individual.
“The partnership with CRC allows us to aim more realistically at producing young people capable of reaching their potential in whatever pathway they choose to pursue. The scheme combines football and education, to develop hard working, multi-skilled and talented citizens.”
To find out more about HNC and HND higher education programmes in Sport Studies and Coaching, go to https://www.camre.ac.uk/higher-education/
For more information, please contact Lynn O’Shea, Cambridge Regional College Press Officer, on 01223 418773 or email firstname.lastname@example.org