CFU celebrated its tenth birthday, in 2010 and we look back at some of our biggest achievements over the last ten years: - Heres to the next ten!!
1. The voice of the fans: Through CFU, fans of Cambridge United have a say in the running of the club. Since 2004 the Fans Elected Director, chosen by CFU members, has represented supporters' interests in the boardroom. We have provided assistance and support to many supporters and raised concerns when required. CFU has become one of the largest shareholders and we seek to grow our shareholding and influence at boardroom level.
2. Support in times of crisis: In November 2003, CFU helped save the club by raising £100,000 as part of the Bridge the Gap campaign. In the following years, the financial and practical assistance we provided was crucial to Cambridge United surviving Administration. Our support has paid players' wages in difficult times.
3. Community links: CFU has provided financial and administrative support for the Smile Scheme, bringing many groups and individuals into contact with Cambridge United for the first time. The scheme is now sponsored and is increasingly important within the local community.
4. Younger fans: CFU has financed and provided all administration for the Junior U's scheme during the past few years. This has welcomed many new young supporters and families to the club, with over 2000 children becoming Junior U's over the years. We have also run football tournaments, involving hundreds of local youngsters.
5. Leading the way: CFU has helped towards the launch of Supporters' Trusts at Peterborough United, Cambridge City and Kings Lynn. We have provided both guidance and advice on a regular basis to a number of other clubs and trusts. Within the supporters' trust movement CFU are well respected and in 2004 we won Trust of the Year.
6. Expanding the fanbase: CFU introduced and developed the South Stand scheme, which has seen thousands of people come to matches and also raised awareness of the club to many thousands of others. CFU have provided finance and administrative support to ensure the schemes' success.
7. Stars of the Future: For the past 10 years, CFU has supported Cambridge United Youth Development via finance, material items and practical assistance. We have sponsored CRC and the Youth Team as well as sponsoring individual players such as Michael Morrison. This season we will again be CRC's Match Day Sponsor and we are sponsoring goalkeeper Martin Trunca.
8. Helping Out: CFU members have freely donated their services, skills and time throughout the past ten years, working hard in many roles within the club. For example, CFU helped carry out work to improve the office portacabins, the fans' bar and the gym at the R Costings Abbey. Over the years, CFU have also donated many items ranging from training goals, bicycles, computers, televisions and radios for the blind.
9. Fundraising: CFU has instigated numerous projects to raise funds for our club. We have organised raffles, Beer Festivals, Football Tournaments, produced calendars, DVDs and fixture list posters in order to raise thousands of pounds for Cambridge United and Cambridge United Youth Development. Our support has also contributed significantly to the transfer funds available to the manager.
10. Cambridge Til I Die: In 2010 CFU launched the Cambridge 'Til I Die book project. Cambridge 'Til I Die will be a collection of supporters' memories and stories, providing a unique record of Cambridge United's history from the fans' perspective. The book promises to be a fascinating and entertaining read from and will be available in October 2010
Cambridge Fans United (CFU) work hard on behalf of Cambridge United Supporters and Cambridge United FC.