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Greenwich and Charlton Athletic partnership day – celebrations at The Valley

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The University of Greenwich and Charlton Athletic’s annual partnership day saw the Addicks take on Swansea City at The Valley on Wednesday (2 October).

Despite a 2-1 loss for Charlton Athletic, the event was a celebration as the two organisations reflected on the successful partnership that provides unique opportunities for Greenwich students, setting them apart from other graduates.

During Wednesday's match, Greenwich students and alumni faced each other in a half-time penalty shootout at the Covered End. It was a victory for the alumni team, who won 5-3 against Greenwich students.

One graduate to successfully score a goal during the penalty shootout was Naomi Reid, who plays for Charlton Invicta FC, which is part of the Charlton Athletic Community Trust (CACT) and the first LGBTQI+ club affiliated to a professional football team.

Naomi said: "Last night was an unbelievable experience – scoring a pen in front of over 15,000 fans is something I'll never forget. Since joining Charlton Invicta FC, I've seen the outreach and work in the community the trust does and it's incredible. On a personal level, after coming out as trans, I thought I wouldn't be able to play football again, but the level of diversity and inclusion promoted by the 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 the trust and the club. As a Greenwich graduate, I had some great years studying at the Maritime campus, and yesterday brought everything pleasantly full circle."

For more information about the partnership, click here.