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U’s Community Ambassadors Announced

Colchester United players will support the club’s community work again this season

12 October 2022

Colchester United Football in the Community welcomes the support of the club’s first team players again as Community Ambassadors for the 2022/23 season.

The Community Player Ambassador’s Programme is supported by the Players' Football Association (PFA) who work with current and former professional footballers. Their support of this programme allows players to become more involved with their local community and help enrich the communities who engage with their local football club.

Colchester United Football in the Community work throughout our communities engaging with over 8,500 people per week, within a range of programmes designed to support and assist people from 3 years to 60 plus years old.  Our Participation, Sport & Education, Health & Inclusion and Facilities Teams work 7 days a week to provide opportunities and services all year round.

U’s Club Captain Tommy Smith shared: “The lads always appreciate being able to contribute to the community programmes. We all understand how important the local community is to the club and enjoy helping in any way we can.”

The Colchester United first team squad have been allocated community programmes to become Ambassadors for and engage with for the 2022/23 season:

  • School Sports Programme – Tom Eastman
  • Women’s & Girls Football – Ryan Clampin & Cameron Coxe
  • Male Development Centre – Freddie Sears
  • Skills Centre Programme – Noah Chilvers
  • School Holiday Camps – Frank Nouble & Gene Kennedy
  • Premier League Kicks – John Akinde & Kieran O’Hara
  • Premier League Primary Stars – Junior Tchamadeu
  • Joy of Moving – Sam Hornby
  • Walking Football – Alex Newby
  • Football College Programme – Al-Amin Kazeem & Marley Marshall Miranda
  • Community Safety projects – Alan Judge & Samson Tovide
  • Equality, Diversity & Inclusion - Ossama Ashley
  • Mental Health & Wellbeing – Tom Dallison & Luke Hannant
  • Environmental Sustainability – Tommy Smith
  • National Citizen Service (NCS) – Luke Chambers
  • Senior U’s – Cole Skuse & Emyr Huws

The U’s players will be working alongside Community Staff to enrich our community programmes and to engage directly with participants as often as possible, both virtually and in person.

Rick Goldsbrough, Head of Operations & Performance at Colchester United Football in the Community expressed: “To have the players involved once again for another season, helping enrich our community programmes and get out into our communities to engage with people is a huge success. We look forward to continuing to work closely with the players across the first team, U21s and U18s to bring people closer together and share the great work our club does on a day to day basis.”

For more information about the programmes and services Colchester United Football in the Community delivers within our communities please visit - or book onto community programmes please visit -

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