2020 has been a uniquely tough year and the start of 2021 hasn’t looked much better, with public health protocols meaning that many football fans now feel more isolated than ever.
On a normal match day attending a fixture has acted as a release & a means of escape from all the other matters that come with everyday life. Many of us look forward to a weekly 90 minutes cheering on the U’s and a chance to share a common experience with fellow supporters that has largely been on hold for the past nine months.
Although we may not be standing on the terraces cheering on Mark Bonner’s boys in person at present, CFU wants fellow fans to know you are not alone. We are still United and together. Football clubs represent so much more than 90 minutes on the football pitch . Since the start of the Pandemic, the work that Cambridge United Community Trust has done, from delivering 1717 Meals to families in need, to delivering activity packs & making calls to check in with over 1200 Senior citizens, on a consistent basis to the wider community is something that all fans should be proud of.
Cambridge United Supporters Trust board members have enjoyed working alongside the Community Trust during the pandemic, helping by offering support and volunteers , when needed, for deliveries at times. Understanding the critical need to communicate with people, we have started to phone our existing members and are regularly checking in with them.
A great initiative that the Community Trust is running is called Forever U’s. If you would like to be part of that , have some support and speak to someone then find out more details here remember you are not alone and there are people willing to help offer support and chat.
We want all fans of the football club, regardless of their situation or background, to know that as a Supporters’ Trust we are here for the fans going forward and are willing to help alongside the Cambridge United Community Trust in making sure fans don’t feel lonely or isolated during the pandemic. We want to check that everybody is ok and show that we are still looking out for each other.
In other news, one of our chief roles in the future has to be making sure that the needs of all supporters are met by the club in order to encourage greater diversity and inclusion. All supporters should be able to feel welcome and safe at the Abbey Stadium and the elderly, the unemployed, those with special needs and the vulnerable may need provision which goes beyond that which football clubs usually provide. Identifying these needs and making proposals for new provision are obvious ways in which CFU can help the club and our fans.
In addition, CFU itself needs to become more diverse and inclusive. We have far too few young people amongst our members. Our membership does not accurately reflect the full spectrum of ages, views and cultures which make up our society. We need to consider different types and prices for memberships to suit whatever involvement people seek.
We are pleased to announce that we will have a new & exciting membership initiative for fans to join the new look Cambridge United Supporters trust shortly. Details will appear on our website and in the press this week. We have listened to what supporters have told us and plan to bring in an affiliate membership scheme soon so that we can truly speak on behalf of Cambridge fans and reflect all shades of opinion. We have much to be proud of; a great young manager and a team which does us proud. That is why we come year after year, but a club is more than that. The club has made a significant contribution to its community, raised awareness of mental health, and provided opportunities for many disabled and disadvantaged groups to play football. And we are financially stable, despite the difficulties created by covid. It is time to join in and time to be proud.
Come on you U’s!
Cambridge Fans United