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FITC Continue Good Work

Community get help from U's charitable arm

16 April 2020

Colchester United's Football in the Community staff have been continuing to support those who need it most in the locality.

The team have been supporting a number of local organisations on the frontline, such as Colchester Foodbank, Munch Clubs, GO4 Café, Barnardo's and Catch22, and facilitated calls to supporters from the U's first team squad.

They efforts haven't gone unnoticed, with the Colchester Gazette speaking to Head of Community Corin Haines this week.

He told the U's local paper: "The general reaction is that people are finding it a pleasant surprise that the football club has a charitable arm."

"People recognise the Colchester United badge when we’re out in the community and the reaction has been positive.

"The U’s Chairman, (Robbie Cowling), said recently that we want to be part of the solution and I think that’s how our staff and volunteers feel at the moment. They’re doing a good deed and they feel like they’re contributing.

"It’s given us a bit of a platform to show the kind of things that we do within the community and it’s enabling us to show ourselves in a different light.

"We’re showing that we’re not just a coaching organisation and that we provide many other things, too.

"We’re here to help people in whichever way they need, whether that’s food deliveries, organised phone calls to lift spirits or perhaps talking about ways to look after your mental health, at this difficult time."

The FITC Sport & Education team are also continuing to support schools within their network and beyond through regular updates and sharing of resources to assist teachers, parents and children with their home learning.

Rick Goldsbrough, FITC's Community Performance Manager told the U's official website: "Work on education programmes such as Premier League Primary Stars and the EFL Trust’s Joy of Moving programme is ongoing, providing literacy, numeracy, PE and PSHE content and making this available to all.

"More programmes are being adapted to alternative formats to continue their delivery to schools.

"Regular updates on these are available on @ColU_FITC on twitter and /ColUFITC on Facebook, with weekly challenges and competitions from Colchester United Mascot Eddie the Eagle addressing Eductaion, Nutrition and Exercise.

"Our 2020/21 Sport & Education Pack is also close to release and will be shared and available to schools in Essex very soon!"

Colchester United’s Football in the Community scheme would greatly appreciate any donations to help them in their work, during the coronavirus crisis.

They would especially like to put funds raised towards the running of their Senior U’s project for people over the age of 65, helping elderly people back into society once the crisis is over.

To donate, visit their JustGiving Page by clicking HERE.

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