University of Greenwich Partnership Day celebrations

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4th October 2019 12:14pm

The annual University of Greenwich Day celebrating the University's partnership with Charlton Athletic and Charlton Athletic Community Trust (CACT) took place at Charlton's game against Swansea City on Wednesday 2 October.

The event celebrated the successful partnership that provides opportunities for University of Greenwich students.

At half-time, 5 alumni took on 5 current students in a penalty shootout. The alumni came out victorious, beating the current students 5-3.

One of the alumni, who successfully converted a penalty, was Naomi Reid, who plays for CACT Invicta.

Speaking about the evening, Naomi said:

"It was an unbelievable experience, scoring a penalty in front of over 15,000 fans is something I'll never forget. Since joining CACT Invicta, I've seen the outreach and work in the community CACT does and it's incredible.

"On a personal level, after coming out as transgender, I thought I wouldn't be able to play football again. But the level of diversity and inclusion promoted by Charlton Athletic Community Trust (CACT) and Invicta meant that I didn't have to give up the sport I love.

"The partnership with the University of Greenwich really helps spread that ethos. It gives students an amazing opportunity to have access to the exceptional facilities and people that work at CACT and the club. As a Greenwich graduate, I had some great years studying at the Maritime Campus, and Wednesday brought everything pleasantly full circle."

Other representatives from the alumni team worked for CACT during and after their studies.

Click here to find out more about the university partnership.

Photos: PA

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