OH! Films, Cambridge based video production was proud to be part of an inspirational evening where we sponsored ”School of the the Year” at Cambridge United Community Trust’s gala dinner which showcased the power to inspire.
On an evening that incorporated the Cambridge United Sport in the Community awards, 300 people were in attendance to help fundraise and find out more about the Trust’s work. The U’s are about more than just the first team, but it can be easy to get drawn to the win, lose or draw exploits on a Saturday afternoon or midweek evening.
Daniel Zeichner, MP for Cambridge, Cllr Lewis Herbert, leader of the city council, and South Cambridgeshire District Council leader Cllr Bridget Smith were just some of the city’s dignitaries in attendance at an event compered by CUCT chairman and Cambridge United director of football Graham Daniels.
Liam O’Neil, the Sky Bet League Two player of the year, recorded a video message talking about the huge impact that the Trust’s community work can have.
The U’s head coach Joe Dunne also spoke passionately about his role at the club, his hopes for the first team and the importance and responsibility of United’s role in the wider community.
Ben Szreter, the Cambridge United Community Trust chief executive, said: “The gala dinner is a special night for Cambridge United Community Trust each year and 2018 was no different.
“To have 300 guests in the room was a brilliant effort from the Cambridge community. The winners of awards were richly deserved and all of them extremely humble individuals and organisations; they are all a huge credit to themselves and our great city.”
OH! Films School of the year winner – Castle School
Kevin Martin paid tribute to all the staff at Castle School after they were named school of the year. Martin and fellow PE teacher Connie De Martino collected the award on the school’s behalf.
“It’s fantastic that we’ve been recognised for the hard work we do. It’s the whole school who allow us to win this award,” said Martin, who had particular praise for headteacher Carol McCarthy. Being a special needs school, we need quite a lot of staff so our teaching assistants, class teams and senior management play a vital role”.
William, OH! Films CEO and Founder commented: ”It was a huge honour to present the award to Castle School and to support Cambridge United Community Trust. The work the Trust does is inspiring and hugely beneficial to the Cambridge community.”
Star of the year winner – Louis Rolfe
Rolfe already has a bag laden with medals from the world stage, making the breakthrough in 2016 with a gold and bronze at the world championships in Montichiari followed by gold at the Rio Paralympics in the team sprint with Jody Cundy and Jon-Allan Butterworth.
He was delighted to be named Cambridge United Sport in the Community Awards’ star of the year.
“It’s awesome,” he said. “It’s great to get recognition for para-cycling and para-sport in the community; getting an award from somewhere you have lived opposite for years.
Champion of the year winner – David Burkett
Humbled and honoured was how David Burkett described his emotions after winning the champion of the year award.
David started working with a group of girls at a Living Sport/Cambs FA initiative after school in Cottenham in 2016, and they now have 60 girls in attendance; it has led to the creation of two teams, one being an under-13 side.
“I love what I do and if I didn’t do it, it would leave a big hole. I’m just doing what lots of people do really, hundreds and hundreds of people through grassroots sport – not just football”.
Coach of the year winner – Mark Vile
A momentous season inspiring the athletics in his charge earned Mark Vile the coach of the year award. “It’s very humbling. I had no idea,” said Vile. “I didn’t know much about the trust before tonight, it’s quite inspiring”.
Team of the year winner – Cambridge Rubies
Providing access to new opportunities helped earn Cambridge Rubies the team of the year accolade. In November 2016, Cambridge Rugby Club spotted the need for girls’ rugby sessions in the region, and so mini and junior chairman John Creighton set about organising girls’ training at the club.
“The more people that know about it, the more girls that get in and the more girls who get in the better it gets, basically. I’m humbled, very proud of the whole achievement. The committee at the club have been fully behind us.”