Category Archive: Inclusion

  1. EFL’s Day of Disabilities – What we offer…

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    Here at Rotherham United Community Sports Trust we strive to put the Rotherham community at the heart of everything we do. We see it as not only a responsibility of the Football club but a fantastic opportunity for us to give back to the community that has given so much to the Football team. This includes ALL members of our community, especially those who through no fault of their own find it difficult to access resources and physical activity sessions that should be available for all. Our sessions often aim to tackle the social inequalities found within the local areas, including the social inequalities of the disability communities within Rotherham.

    The Community Trust offer a number of different sessions that are aimed at getting those participants with disabilities the opportunity to take part. The ‘Ability Counts’ Football sessions on Saturday mornings are inclusive for all age groups, including adults, and incorporate participation Football with competitive Football where the teams for each age group play in local leagues. When promoting these sessions we look at our Sports Participation sessions which run within local SEN and disability specialist schools, these are a great way of engaging he widest range of children with different needs. The goal of our Inclusion team, when engaging SEN and disability groups, is to not only offer single opportunities for the participants but to allow participants to access multiple sessions. For example, students who are participants on our Sports Participation sessions in school may access our Ability Counts Football sessions. However, we also have participants with SEN and disabilities that attend other mainstream sessions such as Football and Boxing. This is just one of the key ways in which we bring people together.

    As an organisation we understand how important it is to constantly be looking to develop the work we do. In order to improve the quality of engagement that we have with the Rotherham community, we work closely with other local organisations such as SENSE, who work to support people who are deafblind and may have sensory impairment and complex needs, Deaf Connections, who work with children and families who live with hearing impairments and other local support organisations. With these organisations we hope to improve the lives of the people we work with through positive engagements and sports. Working together we are continually highlighting new opportunities for positive impact. In 2020 we are aiming to double the amount of SEN and disability participants that we currently engage with.

  2. Millers recognised as Sports Upstander at #NO2H8CRIME awards

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    Rotherham United were delighted to see the Community Sports Trust honoured with the recognition of winning #NO2H8CRIME’s Sports Upstander Award at last night’s ceremony in London.

    Head of Community Jamie Noble was on hand to receive the coveted accolade which saw the Millers recognised for their efforts in the local community to stamp out hate crime.

    The high-profile event which was held at InterContinental Park Lane in Mayfair, London on Thursday evening saw other prizes handed out for awards including Parliamentary Upstander, Young Upstander, Business Upstander and the CPS Award.

    The Millers, together with the Community Sports Trust wing of the club, are constantly reinforcing the message that nobody should be subjected to any form of hate crime. Our recent home games have been dedicated to reaffirming this message too, with fixtures played in support of the Kick it Out and Show Racism the Red Card campaigns, as well as the Hate Crime Awareness match which took place against Oxford United.

    RUCST work closely with a number of local charities and partners who work hard to ensure that hate crime isn’t an issue in the South Yorkshire region and beyond and we are incredibly proud to have been presented with this award.

    Speaking following the event in London on Thursday night, Head of Community Jamie Noble expressed his delight at the national recognition of the club’s work on the matter.

    “We are honoured to be presented with such a high-profile award and to receive it at such an illustrious event,” he told www.themillers.co.uk.

    “As many of our supporters will already know, we have done a lot of work, particularly this season surrounding the issue of hate crime and it is particularly pleasing to see those efforts culminate in us receiving this award.

    “It is a privilege to work so closely with all of the people that we do in and around Rotherham around the topic of hate crime and without their support, none of this would have been possible.

    “I would also like to thank the first team players and staff, who are always happy to support our campaigns on the matter and help to raise the profile of the important work that ourselves and associated organisations are doing in the community.”

  3. RUCST Launch Premier League Kicks

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    On Wednesday 23rd October Rotherham United Community Sports Trust celebrated the re-launch of the Premier League Kicks programme. The Premier Leagues flagship community programme, giving young people the access to free football and sporting sessions, as well as workshops helping educate and unlock their potential. RUCST use the programme to work with local authorities including the police and fire department to educate the children, to provide safer and more inclusive communities.

    The programme is aimed at children aged 8-18-year-old, engaging the participants in positive activities through football and sport. Whilst also addressing topics covering everything from equality and inclusive to youth violence and knife crime. With Premier League’s support will see the programme grow so that 90 Premier League, EFL and National League clubs are able to deliver sport and education sessions in communities where projects are needed most.

    The RUCST relaunch event was a great success, with over 20 children both girls and boys taking part in a boxing session at former British Welterweight boxer Junior Witter’s gym facility based at the Rotherham Football Centre. The night attracted participants from our boys boxing sessions and our girls only boxing sessions, who took part in a one-hour full boxing session including pad work, speed balls and strength training. Special guests on the night included RUCST Premier League kicks ambassador Terri Harper who was preparing for her IBO World Female Super Feather Title, Junior Witter and RUFC first team player Kyle Vassell.

    Kyle said, ‘I would like to get more involved with the PL kicks programme and I believe that children especially in their teenage years need motivation and a role model to keep them on the right path and not get dragged into a life that is likely to end up in trouble.”If you would like any information on the PL Kicks programme and sessions that we are running do not hesitate to contact Rich Williams RUCST inclusion coordinator on 01709 827767 or rwilliams@rotherhamunited.net

  4. Ability Counts Returns

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    Rotherham United community sports trust are pleased to announce the ability counts football will be returning this Saturday (28.9.2019). The ability counts football sessions are open for 7-15year olds and adults over 16yrs. If you have visual impairments, deaf or hearing impaired, intellectual disability, autism spectrum disorder and physical disability these sessions are open for you.

    The sessions will be taking place at Wickersley School and Sports College, at the normal time of 9:30-10:30 am for 16 years and above, followed by a session at 10:45-11:45am for under 16’s. With a cost of £3.50 per session.

    Jamie Noble the head of community said “We are happy to restart the ability counts football sessions. These sessions offer an inclusive football session for the children of Rotherham who otherwise may not have the opportunities to play football. We thank Wickersley School and sports college for facilitating our sessions, without their sport the support we wouldn’t have been able to continue our ability counts. Finally, we understand that this time has been stressful for the children and their parents, but we thank them for the patience they have shown while we sorted the future of the ability counts sessions.

    Rotherham united community sports trust would like to put on record our gratitude to Wickersley School and Sports College for the support they have shown and agreeing to facilitate the session. We would like to thank the patience shown from parents and participants over the past couple of months.

    For more information on our ability counts sessions call us on 01709 827767 or email Steve Coddington on scoddington@rotherhamunited.net.

     

  5. Free girls boxing sessions prove a hit!

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    Rotherham United Community Sports Trust are delighted to announce that the girls only boxing sessions ran by Britain’s youngest Super-Featherweight World Champion Terri Harper have been successful. With over15 girls attending each session honing their boxing skills, in an enjoyable but serious environment.

    The sessions run in a relaxed setting, allowing participants to work at their own speed. A verity of workouts and drills are used to work on technical skills such as footwork, speed and hand eye coordination. Giving the participants the foundations and basic skills to progress in boxing should they desire.

    Our coach Terri has had a brilliant start to her professional boxing career, winning 8 of her 8 fights including 5 knockout stoppages. Accumulating in winning the International Boxing Organisation World Female Super-Featherweight title knocking out Nozipho Bell in the 8th round at the Magna centre in July 2019.

    The sessions are running from the Goal Zone at the New York Stadium every Wednesday 6:30pm-7:30pm and are open to girls aged 11yrs-16year-old. No prior boxing knowledge is needed just a can-do attitude and a willingness to learn and have fun.

    For more information on the sessions call us on 01709 827767 or email trace@rotherhamunited.net

  6. RUCST Support Kick It Out

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    At Rotherham United Community Sports Trust, we believe in the continuous strive for equality in all our programmes. We understand the need to consciously challenge the prejudices that unfortunately plague the sport that we love. We are fortunate enough to have the opportunity to work with all communities within Rotherham, using a range of different sporting activities promoted through our fantastic Premier League Kicks programme that thrives off bringing people of all diverse cultures together.

    The sessions we deliver are based on the views and wishes of the local community, requesting activities such as Football, where high quality facilities are booked and provided for people to engage and play at no cost, boxing, where we utilize local boxing gyms and world famous boxing coaches alongside professional boxers such as the current IBO super Feather-weight Champion and Premier League Kicks Ambassador Terri Harper and former WBC Welterweight and Light welterweight Champion Junior Witter. Rotherham United Community Sports Trust aims to be at the forefront of tackling all social challenges, using sport to allow our participants to embrace their individuality whist providing them with the opportunity to be part of something greater, incorporating all cultures and backgrounds into our sessions and creating an environment where everyone can achieve and feel like they belong.

    The trust deploys a team of dedicated and professional coaches that understand the importance of engaging with the people of Rotherham, making connections within communities and thriving towards reaching our overall aim of uniting the whole of Rotherham together as one, breaking down the barriers through physical activities and educational workshops. Everyone here at Rotherham United are devoted to our community and believe the heights that we are hoping to achieve will help to provide a safer, more inclusive environment for all.

    For more information on sessions we run follow us on twitter @RU_CST follow our facebook page Rotherham United Community Sports Trust or contact us directly on 01709 827767.

  7. Terri Harper RUCST’s New Premier League Kicks ambassador

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    RUCST are delighted to announce IBO Super- feather weight World Champion, Terri Harper as our new Premier League kicks ambassador for 2019/2020. Terri will be running FREE weekly boxing sessions for girls aged 11-16 from the New York Stadium as of September!

    Terri ‘Belter’ Harper, 22, become Britain’s youngest female world champion when she defeated South Africa’s Nozipho Bell in round-eight to win the vacant IBO superfeatherweight crown at the Magna Centre in Rotherham on July 19.

    Trudi Race Inclusion Manager said “ Terri is the perfect role model for our Premier League kicks Project, she is a local girl who started boxing when she was 10 years old and is really passionate about inspiring other young girls to take up the sport”

    For more information on these sessions please contact Trudi on trace@rotherhamunited.net.Tharper3

  8. Head in the Game suicide prevention programme

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    Over the past 10 weeks Rotherham United Community Sports Trust ran a programme aimed at suicide prevention. The programme targeted vulnerable adults in the Rotherham community with the aim of providing the support needed to help them live life to the fullest.

    The project ran due to funding from Public Health Rotherham and Bupa UK Foundation, each session ran for two hours split into one hour of football and one-hour workshop with speakers coming from organization’s such as Samaritans, Mind, Change Grow Live and Citizens advice. Each talk offered support and advice on multiple problems these adults have experienced and are vulnerable to in their life. The talks included drug and alcohol problems, combating suicidal thoughts and debt management.

    The programme attracted 9 people to sign up, from this original number we had 6 sign up to a two-night residential trip to the Derbyshire countryside. Taking part in activities such as weaseling and rock climbing as well as social activities such as budgeting for the trip and undertaking a food shop to last the trips duration, something that these participants aren’t used to doing.

    Trudi Race RUCST Mental health office said ‘Suicide rates amongst men is a national problem, the funding we received has helped a small group of local men who have been affected by suicide to become more aware of the support services that are out there should they need to access them. As part of the project the men are also running a 5 a side football tournament to raise awareness of how important it is for men to speak up about their feelings”

    This course has been a success with a number of participants receiving the support and help needed, one participant had been marked as an excessive drinker and dependent on alcohol, however this trip gave him respite from drinking and allowed him to see the benefits that come from cutting down the alcohol consumption. Motivating him to cut down his drinking to a moderate level. Other positive changes were made by a number of participants during the course, one person accessed the Samaritans support system and has been able to stay in consistent contact with them, helping his mental well-being. Two accessed Working Wins, with one accepted onto their charity programme, this provides the participant the support and tools needed to return to work. The Citizens advice team have got in contact with another participant and regularly give him advice on debt management.

    The feedback received from the course is that the participants now feel like they have more confidence in accessing help and reaching out to the support services. Which has helped leading to these making positive changes in their life.

    The group have organised a 5-a-side suicide prevention football festival taking place on Sunday 11thAugust, with a start time of 10am. The tournament will be running at Parkgate Astro, S62 6HQ.

    A review of the of the programme and the residential can be found here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LjEt392LvLc

    For more information on the football tournament or other Mental Health activities contact Trudi Race on 01709 827767 or email trace@rotherhamunited.net.

     

  9. Ramadan Football League 2019

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    When the sun goes down, Rotherham United Community Sports Trust’s lights come on for the Midnight Ramadan Trophy!

    RUCST are delighted to announce the launch of this year’s Ramadan Trophy which will take place every Friday in May at Rotherham Football Centre.

    The trophy is the first sporting offer in Rotherham for those participating in the holy month of Ramadan. Teams are invited to enter an adult 5aside team to take part in three league nights on the 10th, 17th and 24th of May with a finals night on the 31st of May. All times of the tournament are 11:30pm until 1:30am.

    The five-a-side league is for 18 year-olds and above and teams are being encouraged to enter the league. There has been great interest in the league from not only the local community, but also South Yorkshire Police who have entered a team for the past two years.

    Ben Winter, RUCST Inclusion Officer said,

    “Each year the Ramadan Trophy grows from strength to strength providing football for members of the Muslim and wider Rotherham community. The league has been planned between the two meals fasting Muslims are permitted to eat: iftar and before suhoor, or sundown and sunrise. I am delighted to launch the Ramadan trophy in partnership with the Rotherham Football Centre and I would like to thank South Yorkshire Police for their continued support and participation. Although it’s called the Ramadan Trophy, we are hoping to see people from lots of different communities come together and enjoy football!’.

    For more information, please contact Ben Winter on 01709 827767 or alternatively bwinter@rotherhamunited.net

  10. Kick It Out 25-Year Anniversary

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    This season marks the 25-year anniversary of Kick It Out, and today – Rotherham United F.C dedicate our fixture against Nottingham Forest to their work.

    For the last 25 years, the organisation has been at the heart of the drive towards equality, inclusion and cohesion for everyone who plays, watches or works in football. But the high-profile incidents that have marred football this season prove the sport needs an organisation like Kick It Out now more than ever.

    Having started as ‘Let’s Kick Racism Out of Football’ in 1993, Kick It Out has evolved into an organisation which – working alongside its partners The FA, the Premier League, the English Football League, The Professional Footballers’ Association, the League Managers Association and the Football Supporters’ Federation, among others – fights ALL forms of discrimination in the game we love.

    Since its inception, Kick It Out has provided a clear, independent voice within the game to challenge discrimination and exclusion, as well as education for professional players, clubs, fans, grassroots organisations and beyond. The organisation also provides mentoring and guidance to help underrepresented groups participate in football and secure opportunities to develop a career in the game.

    Kick It Out has established an equality framework for professional clubs, supporting the development of equality practices and policies, and enabled more effective reporting and investigating of complaints of discriminatory abuse through its pioneering reporting app.

    However, despite 25 years of progress, hatred, prejudice, abuse and discrimination are still evident in our society and in football.

    In the 2018/19 season and beyond, we want everyone involved in football to continue to campaign for equality and challenge discrimination, while playing a part in shaping a fair and inclusive future for everyone who loves the game.

    But don’t forget to recognise how far we’ve come. Let’s kick racism and discrimination out of football – together.

    You can report discrimination to Kick It Out via their app, via email on report@kickitout.org, via their online reporting form on their website, or via freephone on 0800 169 9414.

    Keep up to date with the organisation’s work at the following:

    Twitter: @kickitout Facebook: @kickitoutofficial Instagram: @kickitout Website: www.kickitout.org

  11. Sobhan recognised for his continued devotion to Premier League Kicks

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    Sobhan is 16 years old and is originally from Afghanistan. He came to England 2 years ago. Sobhan began his journey with the Kicks programme back in 2016 when he attended our open day for our United 4 Communities football team.

    He showed a keen interest in attending the sessions and enjoyed playing within a team every Sunday. Sobhan attended every match and every training session whilst playing for United 4 Communities. He made many new friends as part of this squad and built in confidence. When our United 4 Communities team changed to ‘PL Kicks Development’, Sobhan stayed with us to carry on playing.

    Sobhan’s PL Kicks coach Ash stated that “Sobhan was player that attended our “United 4 Communities U16’s Open Trials Day” and was again shy and didn’t want to get to know the players that were around him. Sobhan has had a really tough life up to now and was eager for the opportunity to play for a football team. His determination to better himself and also the fact that he makes everybody smile is exactly what we love about working with young people. Sobhan started to grow in confidence and started to have a laugh with the other players on the team, this then led to positive moral with other team mates and coaches. His aims to make everyone smile and enjoy their time playing football, he also pushes himself to improve as a footballer and as a person. Sobhan deserves so much credit for being the person he is today, through having a really tough upbringing to becoming a young and mature adult. I am really proud at the fact that I have met Sobhan and to also develop him as a footballer”.

    Sobhan’s school teacher Jeremy stated that “The Premier League Kicks Project that Rotherham United Football Club delivered, enable pupils to access quality coaching and a chance to play against other pupils whom they would not normally play with/against. Skills that were taught to these pupils were evident in subsequent PE curriculum lessons. Two of our pupils including Sobhan went on to represent Rotherham in the National Premier League Kicks competition which has really inspired them to endeavour to play at a higher level”.

    Sobhan is now part of our Great Millers Youth Forum, where he assists us in developing the way we structure our delivery, as well as providing information that allows us to plan projects. As an incentive, we have provide Sobhan with a new pair of football boots for the great work he has produced with us. We will continue to bring Sobhan through the project and offer opportunities through the football club.

    For more information on Premier League Kicks, please contact Ben Winter on 01709 827767 or bwinter@rotherhamunited.net

  12. Job Vacancy – PL Kicks Casual Community Coach

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    Rotherham United Community Sports Trust are seeking to appoint enthusiastic, charismatic and dedicated individuals to lead and assist in the delivery of inclusion sessions, working across Rotherham and the surrounding areas.

    These vacancies present a great opportunity to enter the sports sector and work for one of the regions and industry’s most respected Football Club Community Trusts. The successful individuals will be dynamic, forward-thinking people who are team players, who have the welfare and positive experience of the young people they will be working with at the forefront of their minds.

    Hours will typically be based around evening sessions and weekends, with occasional afternoon hours where required. Successful candidates will have access to their own transport and hold a Level 1 National Governing Body sports qualification as a minimum.

    RUCST is committed to safeguarding and promoting welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults, and expects all staff to share this commitment.

    We are a diverse Trust that respects differences in race, disability, gender, faith background or personal circumstances and we welcome all applications. We want everyone to feel valued and included in the football community and to achieve their full potential. The Trust is opposed to any discrimination and commits itself to the redress of any inequalities by taking positive action where appropriate.

    Role: PL Kicks Casual Community Coach
    Duration: Casual Coaching hours
    Hours: Casual
    Salary: £8.50 – £10 per hour– dependent on experience and qualifications (inclusive of holiday pay)

    How to apply:

    Please submit a current CV and covering letter explaining why you are the suitable candidate with specific reference to your experience and suitability for the role.

    Download Job Description here
    Please email all applications to bwinter@rotherhamunited.net

    Closing Date: Friday 1st February 2019
    Interviews: TBC

    This job description is not to be regarded as exclusive or exhaustive. It is intended as an outline indication of the areas of activity and will be amended in light of the changing needs of Rotherham United Community Sports Trust.

    RUCST is committed to safeguarding and promoting welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults, and expects all staff to share this commitment.

    As part of this commitment to providing a safe environment for our young people, we require all candidates to undertake and return a satisfactory enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) certificate. RUCST will assist with the application for, and pay for the process of, a new DBS for staff members where required.

    We are a diverse Trust that respects differences in race, disability, gender, faith background or personal circumstances we welcome all application. We want everyone to feel valued and included in the football community and to achieve their full potential. The trust is opposed to any discrimination and commits itself to the redress of any inequalities by taking positive action where appropriate

    Criminal Records Disclosures

    We recognise the contribution that former or ex-offenders can make as an employee; a person’s criminal record will not, in itself, debar that person from being appointed to this post. Candidates will be given the opportunity to provide us with information on their criminal record, which will be treated in the strictest confidence. Suitable applicants will not be refused posts because of any offences which are not relevant to the role and which do not make them a risk in the role for which they are applying.

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  13. Trust supports White Ribbon Campaign

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    Rotherham United Community Sports Trust supports White Ribbon Campaign

    The White Ribbon Campaign is a global movement, which encourages both men and boys to work together to end male violence against women and girls. It was formed by a group of pro-feminist men in London, Ontario in November 1991.. The campaign was intended to raise awareness about the prevalence of male violence against women, with the ribbon symbolising the idea of men giving up their arms. Active in over 60 countries, the movement seeks to promote healthy relationships, gender equity, and a compassionate vision of masculinity.

    Over the past month, through the Premier League Kicks Project, Rotherham United Community Sports Trust has worked with the organisation Inspire To Change, delivering a number of workshops to young people, discussing healthy relationships. The Premier League Kicks Project provides us with a platform and a resource to facilitate integration. The purpose of the Premier League Kicks initiative through Rotherham United Community Sports Trust, is to provide safe sporting activities for young people in the area of Rotherham. Our overall aims are to reduce the rates of anti-social behaviour. In addition to this, our intension is to promote community cohesion, as well as linking with Rotherham Health and Wellbeing strategy.

    Our partnership with Inspire To Change is launching today. Over the past month, RUCST has worked closely with the organisation to deliver healthy relationship workshops to young people across the Premier League Kicks Project. We aimed to facilitate discussion and educate young people on this important issue, in an attempt to create community ambassadors who will spread the message in the community with other young people.

    For more information, please contact Ben Winter on 01709 827767 or bwinter@rotherhamunited.net

  14. Show Racism the Red Card

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    Rotherham United Community Sports Trust is supporting Show Racism the Red Card

    Saturday 24th November marks the day of the Rotherham United F.C Show Racism the Red Card themed match-day against Sheffield Untied F.C. Show Racism the Red Card is an anti-racism education charity, established in England in January 1996 to harness the high-profile nature of footballers as anti-racist role models to educate against racism throughout society in the United Kingdom. We aim to show our support for this initiative through not only allowing young people and adults from diverse cultural and ethnic backgrounds the access to play inclusive sport, but also by producing activities that eventually culminate the integration of these people. By bringing people together, breaking down barriers using sport as a vehicle, we aim to educate people, reduce negative perceptions of others, identify differences and dispel myths and stereotypes.

    The Premier League Kicks Project provides us with a platform and a resource to facilitate integration. The purpose of the Premier League Kicks initiative through Rotherham United Community Sports Trust, is to provide safe sporting activities for young people in the area of Rotherham. Our overall aims are to reduce the rates of anti-social behaviour. In addition to this, our intension is to promote community cohesion, as well as linking with Rotherham Health and Wellbeing strategy.

    Prior to Kick-off on Saturday 24th November Rotherham United Community Sports Trust hosted Sheffield United Community Foundation’s U19’s Kicks team. This friendly was played at Thomas Rotherham College at 9.30am and witnessed a number of young people from deprived communities across Rotherham and Sheffield play a friendly to show support for Show Racism the Red Card, allowing them to cross the divide between Rotherham and Sheffield. The players are then due to attend the match together at New York Stadium.

    Through our inclusion department RUCST delivers a combination of traditional youth clubs sessions, detached youth work, outreach and sports activities across the borough of Rotherham. This has enabled us to strengthen our relationship with people from diverse cultural and ethnic backgrounds. Due to Premier League, Sport England, Controlling Migration, South Yorkshire Sport and Police and Crime Commissioner funding we have been able to target young people and adults from areas across the borough and more specifically in high BME areas such as Ferham, Eastwood and Masborough. This has allowed us to engage Slovakian, Asian, Roma and White British disadvantaged people. Subsequently, we have implemented educational work covering hate crime and how to report it through the appropriate channels, which runs through the core of our provision. Additionally, in an attempt to inspire ambition, we offer traineeships for young people aged 16-18 and 19-24, leading on to a clear progression path onto our apprenticeships. This allows positive members of the diverse communities the opportunity become an ambassador for cohesion, integration and inclusion using the power of football as vehicle.

    We have sought opportunities to bring young people and adults together on several occasions. Most notably we ran a Building Stronger Communities netball festival as part of the Controlling Migration Fund, which had over 120 women in attendance from Ferham, Eastwood, Masborough, Wath and Maltby. Our Building Stronger Communities residential was also an opportunity to bring 60 young people together from a number of schools such as Wath Comp, Maltby Academy, Clifton Community School, Oakwood Academy, Newman School, Brinsworth Academy and Wingfield Academy. For several of our group it was the first time they had been away from home providing a great opportunity to foster community cohesion.

    Through our provision we have created fantastic relations with women from the Asian, Tamil and Pakistani communities who participate in weekly netball, badminton and circuit sessions. The sessions are not only designed to engage people in physical activity, but also to increase confidence and resilience. From this, we have facilitated the process of a number of women attending external sports sessions with people in attendance from various diverse cultures and backgrounds.

    As part of the Controlling Migration Fund we have strengthened our relationship with people from new merging communities in Rotherham, by delivering pre-accredited ESOL, combined with sport and physical activity. We have aimed to educate new migrants living in Rotherham in English, hate crime, nutrition and sport. A huge part of the work we do is to give our beneficiaries the opportunity increase their quality of life whilst living in Rotherham.

    For more information on any of the above-mentioned initiatives please contact Ben Winter on 01709 827 767 or bwinter@rotherhamunited.net

  15. Trust support National Hate Crime Awareness Week

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    Rotherham United Community Sports Trust are supporting National Hate Crime Awareness Week in Partnership with South Yorkshire Police

    On Wednesday 17th October 2018, RUCST brought together ten 6-aside football teams from schools across the borough to play in a football tournament that aimed to raise awareness for Black History Month and the famous footballer ‘Walter Tull’.

    With funding from the TULL100 initiative, RUCST hosted a tournament at Parkgate Astro, for 13-14 year olds from a number of different districts in Rotherham. The event had various important messages to convey, including educational workshops about Walter Tull and the barriers he faced, as well as some Caribbean food and DJ workshops. The aim was to integrate young people from diverse cultural and ethnic backgrounds, to break down barriers through football whilst celebrating diversity. The event saw the attendance of ten teams with over eighty young people.

    This tournament encapsulated the concept of diversity by integration young people from varying ethnicities such as: Roma, white British, Polish, Black African, Asian and Slovakian. This isn’t the first time South Yorkshire Police and Rotherham United have worked together to raise awareness of hate and the action taken to put a stop to it. Some of the previous partnership work conducted has included SYP and RUFC working to raise awareness of Operation Solar, Rotherham’s dedicated anonymous reporting channel, at one of their home games last December.

    PC Chris Nicholson, who is leading Rotherham’s Operation Solar initiative and has been involved in the partnership work, commented on its purpose and importance: “Hate in all of its forms is a serious offence and SYP with the support of different partner organisations, such as RUFC, are working to raise awareness of and encourage both victims and witnesses to come forward and report it to police, so we can work to put a stop to it.

    “Our new force wide campaign ‘Hate hurts. Report it’, was launched back in February 2017 as it is recognised that ‘hate’ is widely under reported. To address this and encourage reporting, the campaign aims to work and engage with different community groups to raise awareness of hate, build victim’s confidence and prevent further crimes from being committed.

    “The work done with RUFC is just some of the action and work done to increase awareness of hate and reporting in Rotherham and South Yorkshire.

    Other activity and action taken as part of this work, has included engaging with members of the community at local colleges, supporting the Gender Matters exhibition, working with local partnership organisations to promote reporting channels such as Operation Solar, and setting up discussion forums between specialist trained officers and local community groups.

    “Everyone at SYP is dedicated to stopping hate and through continued engagement opportunities, we will continue to raise awareness and encourage everyone to report it.”

    Head of community Jamie Nobel has also commented on the partnership work and their support for the ‘Hate Hurts’ campaign and Operation Solar: “Rotherham United were delighted to play a major role in in highlighting the harms of hatred and its consequences on the local community of Rotherham. Rotherham United are a community club and are dedicated to help build stronger communities.

    “With the campaign now entering a new phase, we are thrilled to once again throw our support behind a terrific community initiative which aims to stop hate, which is something that our Community Sports Trust and the Football Club have been heavily involved in tackling over a number of years.

    “Our Community Sports Trust’s base is one of a number of voluntary and community sector organisations within Rotherham and we are proud to be listed as one of the area’s Hate Crime Reporting Centre’s.

    For more information please contact Ben Winter on 01709 827767 or bwinter@rotherhamunited.net

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  16. Second workshop launched for #HEADINTHEGAME

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    Rotherham United Community Sports Trust are continuing the delivery of a men’s health project across Rotherham.

    The programme aims to reduce social isolation, increase community integration and improve both physical and mental wellbeing amongst middle-aged men who, for whatever reason, whether it be work stress, being financially worried, or a general feeling of being fed up, are at risk of poor mental health.

    According to recent studies, poor mental health can negatively impact on physical wellbeing while poor physical health and lead to an increased risk of developing mental health issues.

    Our project #headinthegame focuses on both physical and emotional wellbeing by offering a combination of free weekly physical exercise sessions and free monthly wellbeing workshops at the ASSEAL New York Stadium.

    The physical sessions will be based around the activity of football whilst the workshops will provide advice and support around managing stress, improving confidence, understanding anxiety and depression and more.

    In addition to the above, any fan that signs up will receive free match tickets to selected home games this season!

    Whether you are experiencing a tough time, need to lose a few pounds or simply want to get out more, we are here to help!

    So if you fancy a kick about then get in touch for more information by contacting Christos Louca on 01709 827767 or clouca@rotherhamunited.net.

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    World Mental Health Day – 10th October

    The overall objective of World Mental Health Day is to raise awareness of mental health issues around the world and active efforts in support of mental health.

    Mental health problems can affect anyone, any day of the year, but 10th October is a great day to show your support for better mental health and start looking after your own wellbeing.

    Every year one adult in four, along with one child in ten, will have a mental health issue. These conditions can profoundly affect literally millions of lives, affecting the capability of these individuals to make it through the day, to sustain relationships, and to maintain work.

    It is estimated that 1 in 6 people in the past week experienced a common mental health problem worldwide while 4-10% of people in England will experience depression in their lifetime.

    The stigma attached to mental health causes a damaging, albeit ill-informed attitude, making it more difficult for those affected to pursue help. According to UK estimates, only about one-fourth of those with mental health problems undergo ongoing treatment. In contrast, the vast majority of those affected with these problems are faced with a variety of issues, ranging from isolation to uncertainty on where to get help or information, to relying on the informal support of family, friends or colleagues.

    Come along to our Understanding Issues in Mental Health Workshop on Monday 29th October at the New York Stadium from 6-8pm.

    It will be a chance to improve your knowledge regarding the subject and also provide a safe place to talk about any issues you may be facing.

    Please contact Christos Louca on 01709 827767 or clouca@rotherhamunited.net if you would like to sign up.

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  17. ‘Cut It Out’ project launched

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    RUCST Home Office funded knife crime project ‘Cut It Out’ launched this week, with the first workshop taking place at AESSEAL New York Stadium.

    Rotherham United Community Sports Trust (RUCST) has gained funding from Home Office to deliver the Chris Cave Foundations POINT7 programme. ‘Cut It Out’ is a much-needed programme that aims to discourage young people in the town from carrying knives by a series of workshops, events and graffiti art that will educate, prevent and enforce the consequences of carrying or using a knife. The action follows growing concern amongst organisations that the number of young people routinely carrying and using knives in the town has grown in the last year. We will be working with schools across the Rotherham in an attempt to create anti-knife crime advocates across the borough.

    RUCST will deliver eight knife crime awareness workshops to two-hundred and fifty young people delivered by Chris Cave Foundation POINT7 programme across six areas identified by police data. Two further workshops will be delivered to young people on RUCST sport education programmes at Goal Zone Academy at New York Stadium. Young people will visit the local police station and talk to officers about knife crime to increase their understanding of crime and consequences, they will then work with local artist, Phil Padfield to produce a public art display utilising their learning from the workshops. RUCST will then organise a football tournament to reinforce the message that carrying knife is a criminal offence during knife crime awareness week in February 2019. Participants will then share their learning at a dissemination event in the presence of a number of schools to spread the message.

    Thursday 13th September 2018 witnessed the launch of the ‘Cut It Out’ Project, which had sixty young people in attendance from the RUCST education programme. They received an impactful and informative workshop delivered by Alan Hancock. Councillor Lindsay Pitchley also kindly spoke about the issues young people are facing around knife crime and how important it is to stay cautious and to not make the mistake of carrying a knife. The event then rounded off with an appearance from Rotherham United Footballers; Antony Ford and Emmanuel Onaraise, advocates of the project.

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    For more information, please contact Ben Winter 01709 827767 or bwinter@rotherhamunited.net

  18. Ferham Fest proves a success!

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    Rotherham United Community Sports Trusts proudly hosted the 10th anniversary of their annual Ferham Festival on 29th August at Ferham Park!

    The event was host to a variety of different activities and stalls which were provided from different community groups and organisations from across the borough. Such activities included RUCST Inflatable pitch and hub, face painting, henna, arts and crafts plus much more!

    The event was greeted by the local services, South Yorkshire and rescue who brought their fire engine and the chip pan unit to conduct displays to the local community.

    Also in attendance was the Mayor of Rotherham Alan Buckley, who took time to visit every stall at the event to see the wonderful and life changing work organisations and groups are delivering across the town.

    Event Organiser, Gary Bricknell said “it’s an honour to step in this year and organise such an amazing event, especially with it been the 10th anniversary. Its great to see groups and organisations come together and support their local community, we would not be able to host such a successful event without the help and support from everyone, Thank you”

    If you would like to find out more information, please contact community@rotherhamunited.net.

  19. Trusts cohesion department continues to thrive

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    Rotherham United CST deliver a combination of traditional youth clubs sessions, detached youth work, outreach and sports activities across the borough of Rotherham. This has enabled us to strengthen our relationship with people from diverse cultural and ethnic backgrounds.

    Due to Premier League, Sport England, Controlling Migration, South Yorkshire Sport and Police and Crime Commissioner funding we have been able to target young people and adults from areas across the borough and more specifically in high BME areas such as Ferham, Eastwood and Masborough. This has allowed us to engage Slovakian, Asian, Roma and White British disadvantaged people. Subsequently, we have implemented educational work covering hate crime and how to report it through the appropriate channels, which runs through the core of our provision. Additionally, in an attempt to inspire ambition, we offer traineeships for young people aged 16-18 and 19-24, leading on to a clear progression path onto our apprenticeships. This allows positive members of the diverse communities the opportunity become an ambassador for cohesion, integration and inclusion using the power of football as vehicle.

    We have sought opportunities to bring young people and adults together on several occasions. Most notably we ran a Building Stronger Communities netball festival as part of the Controlling Migration Fund, which had over 120 women in attendance from Ferham, Eastwood, Masborough, Wath and Maltby. Our Building Stronger Communities residential was also an opportunity to bring 60 young people together from a number of schools such as Wath Comp, Maltby Academy, Clifton Community School, Oakwood Academy, Newman School, Brinsworth Academy and Wingfield Academy. For several of our group it was the first time they had been away from home providing a great opportunity to foster community cohesion.

    Through our provision we have created fantastic relations with women from the Asian, Tamil and Pakistani communities who participate in weekly netball, badminton and circuit sessions. The sessions are not only designed to engage people in physical activity, but also to increase confidence and resilience. From this, we have facilitated the process of a number of women attending external sports sessions with people in attendance from various diverse cultures and backgrounds.

    As part of the Controlling Migration Fund we have strengthened our relationship with people from new merging communities in Rotherham, by delivering pre-accredited ESOL, combined with sport and physical activity. We have aimed to educate new migrants living in Rotherham in English, hate crime, nutrition and sport. A huge part of the work we do is to give our beneficiaries the opportunity increase their quality of life whilst living in Rotherham.

    The photo above is from our Cohesion residential where the young person was part of a social action project in a care home.

  20. Trust Launch Bupa project #Headinthegame

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    Rotherham United Community Sports Trust are pleased to announce that we have received funding from Bupa UK Foundation to deliver a new and exciting men’s health project across Rotherham.

    The programme aims to reduce social isolation, increase community integration and improve both physical and mental wellbeing amongst middle-aged men who, for whatever reason, whether it be work stress, being financially worried, or a general feeling of being fed up, are at risk of poor mental health.

    According to recent studies, poor mental health can negatively impact on physical wellbeing while poor physical health and lead to an increased risk of developing mental health issues.

    Our new project #headinthegame will focus on both physical and emotional wellbeing by offering a combination of free weekly physical exercise sessions and free monthly wellbeing workshops at the ASSEAL New York Stadium.

    The physical sessions will be based around the activity of football whilst the workshops will provide advice and support around managing stress, improving confidence, understanding anxiety and depression and more.

    In addition to the above, any fan that signs up will receive free match tickets to selected home games this season!

    Whether you are experiencing a tough time, need to lose a few pounds or simply want to get out more, we are here to help!

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    Working Together to Prevent Suicide

    Every day in England around 13 people take their own lives with three out of four deaths being male. Every death is a tragedy and has a devastating impact on family, friends and colleagues. Rotherham Council, South Yorkshire Police, NHS services and Rotherham United Community Sports Trust are all working together to prevent suicides across the borough but we cannot do this alone. Some people may not seek help from local services and may instead reach out to friends or family first. You may be the first person to notice that something is not quite right – whether someone has said a few things that have concerned you or their behaviour or emotional state has changed. If you do notice that someone is struggling, simply reaching out to them and showing that you care could make all the difference. We need to break the silence the surrounds suicide and encourage people to get help.

    If you are worried about someone encourage them to talk to their GP, their local mental health services or ring Samaritans on Freephone 116 123. For more information you can also visit www.rotherham.gov.uk/preventsuicide. You could download the free app ‘Stay Alive’ which contains lots of helpful information.

    Come along to our Suicide Awareness Workshop on Monday 24th September at the New York Stadium from 6-8pm.

    It will be a chance to improve your knowledge regarding the subject and also provide a safe place to talk about any issues you may be facing.

    Please contact Christos Louca on 01709 827767 or clouca@rotherhamunited.net if you would like to sign up.

  21. Job opportunity – Inclusion/Cohesion Coach

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    Rotherham United Community Sports Trust is seeking to appoint an enthusiastic, charismatic and dedicated individual to our inclusion/Cohesion team.

    RUCST is committed to safeguarding and promoting welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults, and expects all staff to share this commitment.

    We are a diverse Trust that respects differences in race, disability, gender, faith background or personal circumstances we welcome all application. We want everyone to feel valued and included in the football community and to achieve their full potential. The trust is opposed to any discrimination and commits itself to the redress of any inequalities by taking positive action where appropriate.

    Salary: £7.83 per hour
    Hours: 25 hours a week including evenings, weekends and holidays
    Duration: Permanent

    How to apply:

    Please download the full job description & application form at the links below and send completed applications to Carole Foster, NCS & Inclusion Manager cfoster@rotherhamunited.net. If you need more information please contact 01709 827767.

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    Closing Date: 8th June 2018, 5pm
    Interview date: TBC
    Estimated start date: ASAP

    Please note that the job will be subject to satisfactory references and Enhanced DBS procedures.

  22. Meet Harry Davies, Rotherham United Ability Counts Player

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    Harry featured in our #GameChangers article last year where we spoke about Harry’s involvement with the club and due to the LPF fixture in 2016, Harry has had a season ticket ever since!

    Harry is now our goalkeeper in the under 12’s ability counts team, he has improved massively in this position and is definitely the bravest and craziest player on the pitch! His love for goalkeeping and also playing outfield is very rewarding to see, and the attitude he shows during training and games shows Harry is a positive role model for his team mates.

    We did a quick interview with Harry to learn a little more about him.

    1. You play for Rotherham United Ability counts football team, what is your favourite thing about playing for them?

    A: It’s fun, I get to make new friends and I also got the chance to meet all the first team at the Chairman’s Christmas Ball in 2016!

    2. How come you support Rotherham United?

    A: They’re the best team in the world

    3. What is your favourite thing about attending the AESSEAL New York Stadium on a match day?

    A: It’s exciting, I enjoy hearing the singing and always hoping that we will score a goal

    4. What is the access to the stadium like?

    A: Very easy, my parents take me to the games!

    5. Who is your favourite Rotherham United player?

    A: Marek Rodak

    6. What is your greatest achievement so far in football?

    A: Learning how to be a goalkeeper

    7. If you could meet one football player in the world, who would it be?                

    A: Cristiano Ronaldo

    8. Who inspired you to play football?

    A: My Mum!

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  23. Level Playing Field Weeks of Action 2018!

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    Meet brothers Blake and Ryan Freeman, Rotherham United Ability Counts Players.

    Blake and Ryan have been a participating within our sessions for over 5 years now, and following Rotherham United home and away with their family and friends every week!

    We interviewed them both to learn a little bit more about them, and why they come to the AESSEAL New York stadium to see the Millers.

    You play for Rotherham United Ability counts football team, what is your favourite thing about playing for them?

    Blake: I get the chance to play for a team I support.
    Ryan: I get the opportunity to visit other stadiums/clubs across the country to play football

    How come you support Rotherham United?

    Ryan: Because my parents and family all support Rotherham.
    Blake: Because it’s my home town.

    What is your favourite thing about attending the AESSEAL New York Stadium on a match day?

    Blake: The overall atmosphere of the game
    Ryan: Listening to both sets of fans sing

    What is the access to the stadium like?

    Blake &  Ryan: Very easy, no problems whatsoever

    Who is your favourite Rotherham United player?

    Blake: Jon Taylor, he’s quick and skilful
    Ryan: David Ball

    What is your greatest achievement so far in football?

    Blake: Playing mainstream football in the SDJFL with Silverwood
    Ryan: Playing for the Rotherham United’s Ability Counts team

    If you could meet one football player in the world, who would it be?

    Blake: Cristiano Ronaldo
    Ryan : Pele

    Who inspired you to play football?

    Blake: My Mum and Dad
    Ryan: Ronaldo inspired me

    http://www.levelplayingfield.org.uk/clubs/rotherham-united

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  24. Celebration of women in sport

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    On Monday 22nd January 2018 Rotherham United community Sports Trust hosted a “Celebration of Women in Sport” event at the ASSEAL New York Stadium.

    The event was a follow on from the “Women’s voice in sport conference” hosted by the Trust in October 2017, and part of the Back To Sport project that aims to engage BME adults in sport.

    In 2017 the project engaged with 680 people, 414 of these were female. The event was organised by Inclusion Officer Trudi Race to celebrate individual achievements but to also congratulate the women on facing and overcoming barriers and for putting themselves first to live a healthier and happier life.

    Trudi Race said “Most of these women were doing little or no exercise at all and are now participating in sport at least once a week, some even 5 times a week. The confidence these women have gained is incredible, they are so motivated and great role models to the BME Communities of Rotherham. This year we will be focussing on sustainability of the sessions and looking at training up participants in the relevant sports so they can lead the sessions post funding. We have already run a First steps to coaching netball course in which 17 women attended”.

    Approximately 60 BME women attended the event. Guest speakers Dana Abdulkarim (Muslim Women’s Sport Foundation) and Halima Khan (Opening boundaries) told of their journey in to sport and touched on subjects such as gender equality and the rhetoric of Muslims in society. Both lectures were received well by the ladies and left the room full of inspiration and motivation.
    Trudi Race also said “This year we will be focussing on engaging more BME males in sport, particularly speaking to taxi drivers and take away workers. I would love to see the men follow in the women’s footsteps and take up some of the sporting opportunities we will be offering, it would be great to host a similar event for men at the end of the year”

    If you are interested in getting involved in this project or for more detailed information please contact Trudi on 01709 827767 or email trace@rotherhamunited.net

  25. Ability Counts Football

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    Disability football has changed its name to ability counts football. We have changed the name as we weren’t happy with the stigma around the word disability. All our participants are in fact able to play the sport, whether they have a physical disability, hearing/visual impairment, intellectual disability etc.

    Due to feedback from a few parents and other clubs in the country, we feel that it’s right to make the change now and get away from the word ‘disability’. We want our players to know that everyone has an ability to play football and other sports. Even though there is some barriers out there, we can work together to make it inclusive for everyone.

    Throughout the country, the adult teams play in leagues called the Ability Counts League ran by their local FA, including our very own adult teams who play in the South Yorkshire Ability Counts League representing Rotherham United. This gives the two junior teams a clear pathway so they can see how they can progress through the age groups.

    We currently have two junior teams (under 12 team & under 16 team) and two adults teams (premiership and championship level) . These teams currently play once a month in organised fixtures against local teams. We are also currently looking for a sponsor to provide a new kit for our 4 teams, for further information on how you can support us and how we can advertise your company please contact Jack Pitchford on the contact details below.

    We train at Wickersley School & Sports College every Saturday morning (term time only). Adults 9:30am–10:30am & Juniors 10:45am-11:45am. Sessions are £3 however your first session will be free. If this is something that interests you or someone you know please contact Jack Pitchford on 01709 827767 / jpitchford@rotherhamunited.net

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  26. Premier League Kicks success

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    The purpose of the Premier League Kicks initiative through Rotherham United Community Sports Trust, is to provide safe sporting activities for young people in the area of Rotherham. Our overall aims are to reduce the rates of anti-social behaviour. In addition to this, our intention is to promote community cohesion, as well as linking with Rotherham Health and Wellbeing strategy.

    Since the start of September our Premier League Kicks project has grown from strength to strength across multiple sites in Rotherham. Our hub sessions caters for various satellites within the central belt of Rotherham which is amongst the most deprived in the borough. We have delivered activities to both males and females from Ferham, Eastwood, Maltby, Wingifled Academy, Rawmarsh, Canklow, Wath and Wickersley utilising facilities such as parks, MUGA’s, youth clubs and school facilities. Additionally we have delivered circuit training, cycling and boxing in our community health suite.

    At present we have over 200 young people accessing our diversionary activity on a weekly basis, as part of our Kicks project. We have used the delivery of Kicks as part of a wider engagement tool that has seen us refer young people on to other activities such as hate crime workshops, BBC Children in Need workshops, football tournaments and our inclusion/cohesion football team United 4 Communities.

    PL Kicks Diversity Tournament

    On Monday 30th October 12-3pm we hosted a Premier League Kicks Tournament at Rotherham Football Centre, for 11-13 year olds that access our Premier League Kicks provision. The event had a number of important and multifaceted messages to convey, including advertising the fact that RUFC will be hosting the final of the U17’s EURO Championship final. The aim was to integrate young people from diverse cultural and ethnic backgrounds, to break down barriers through football. The event saw the attendance of eight teams with over seventy young people reigning from the aforementioned areas. It encapsulated concept of diversity by integration young people from varying ethnicities such as: Roma, white British, Polish, Black African, Asian and Slovakian.

    The teams played five minute matches in a tournament style competition, which led on to a semi-final and then a final. Awards we presented for fair play award, player of the tournament and the overall winning team. Following on from this, we then offered a BBC Children in Need health workshop at Cranworth Road Sports Centre across the road, where we invited Rotherham United professional footballers Lewis Price and Marek Rodák who answered questions and took photos with the young people. The day’s events subsequently finished with a PL Kicks football session.

    If you would like to find out more information please contact Ben on 01709 827767.

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  27. Trust supports Mental Heath Awareness day

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    1 in 4 people will experience a mental health problem in any given year and 9 out of 10 people will experience stigma and discrimination because of it.

    Rotherham United Community Sports Trust currently run a sport 4 all project. This is a 3 year Sport England funded programme that aims to create sporting, training and volunteering opportunities for adults in Rotherham with mental health issues. The project was launched in September 2014 and to date has engaged with 181 different people from across Rotherham including participants from Rotherham Mind, Headway, dementia services, community mental health teams, Rush house, lighthouse and the Early intervention in Psychosis team.

    In addition to this we have successfully recruited 13 Volunteers, 8 of which are still active in the local community, 4 participants have completed their Level 1 football coaching course and 5 participants have completed a level 1 in sports Leadership.

    The current sessions the trust offer are walking football, boccia and kurling, walking groups and we have an 11 a side inclusion football team that trains weekly and competes in two leagues.

    in addition to the sessions already listed above, we have some new exciting projects which are set to be announced in the future so please keep checking our website and social network channels for all the latest information!

    If you or someone you know has mental health issues and would benefit from being part of this programme please contact our Inclusion Officer:

    Trudi Race
    Email: trace@rotherhamunited.net
    Office: 01709827767

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  28. Trust supports 30th Anniversary of Black History Month

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    Rotherham United Community Sports Trust is supporting the 30th Anniversary of Black History Month by promoting diversity and social cohesion through the work that we do, as mentioned below:

    A fantastic example is ‘The Rotherham Project’. This is a co-produced participatory arts research project funded by Arts and Humanities Council and supported by the University if Sheffield. RUCST cohesion team worked with photographer Nathan Gibson and a group of young men from a wide range of ethnic and cultural backgrounds aged 12 to 16.

    The project aimed to use photography as a means of exploring identity and to investigate theses related to the ethics of representation, informed by the participants’ first-hand experience of living in Rotherham. The project allowed a space for those taking part to reflect on their perceived place with Rotherham and highlighted that while there are elements of the town that they found problematic, there was also, in friendship and diversity, much to celebrate.

    One young man took a beautiful photograph of two boys with their arms around each other on a bus to school.

    This photo encapsulates the best of Rotherham and when there is integration there is a mutual respect and tolerance. Both boys accessed our evening provision. Every day we at RUCST work hard to bring people together and build a stronger Rotherham.

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    Throughout this month we will be delivering the following activities to celebrate this Black History Month 2017:

    – United4Communities cohesion football: The affiliated group aims to unite a diverse range of young people and adults through an under 16’s and adults football team. This group acts as a beacon in the local leagues to exemplify the fact that all races, colours and religious creeds can work together to achieve a shared goal.

    – Heels to Hijabs: The event which aimed to bring women and girls from a variety of cultures and communities together took place on Sunday 1 October at Clifton Park to mark the start of black history month. We saw around 60 women and girls take part in netball, rounder’s and cricket competitions with the winning teams taking away medals for their performance. Miriam Shah worked with young people on arts and crafts to produce bags and t shirts showing the #heelstohijabs as well as producing a canvas of the things that they enjoy about sport. REMA and Islam Rotherham partnered with the event to help raise awareness that sport can be accessed by anyone no matter what background you come from, what you wear or what you look like

    – Hate Crime Awareness Talk: We have invited hate crime coordinator PC Chris Nicholson to deliver hate crime awareness training to all of our BTEC Sport Students, to educate on how to identify and report hate crime.

    – Women’s Voice in Sport Conference: The women’s voice in sport conference is an opportunity for Women from a BME background to come and tell us their views on sport and physical activity. The event which is taking place at New York Stadium will be opened by guest speaker Dana Abdulkarim. Following this inspirational speech the women will take part in workshops discussing their barriers to participating in sport and consultation on what would make accessing sport easier for them. The event will close with lunch and networking.

    – Eastwood Community Kitchen Event: We are inviting the young people that we work with to attend a community Kitchen Event, in Partnership with Eastwood Youth & Community Centre. This social event will aim to integrate a number of young people from different backgrounds and cultures.

    – Chislett Youth Centre Community Kitchen Event: We are inviting the young people that we work with to attend a community Kitchen Event, in Partnership with Chislett Youth Centre. This social event will aim to integrate a number of young people from different backgrounds and cultures.

    – Premier League Kicks Football Tournament: We will host a Premier League Kicks Tournament for young people aged 11-13 years old, from different areas of Rotherham. This event will incorporate workshops in hate crime awareness and reporting.

    Rotherham United Football Club: www.themillers.co.uk
    Website: www.rucst.co.uk
    Facebook: Rotherham United Community Sports Trust
    Twitter: @RU_CST

  29. Job Opportunity – Community Sports Coach

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    Rotherham United Community Sports Trust are seeking to appoint an enthusiastic, charismatic and dedicated individual to their coaching team.

    RUCST is committed to safeguarding and promoting welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults, and expects all staff to share this commitment.

    We are a diverse Trust that respects differences in race, disability, gender, faith background or personal circumstances we welcome all application. We want everyone to feel valued and included in the football community and to achieve their full potential. The trust is opposed to any discrimination and commits itself to the redress of any inequalities by taking positive action where appropriate.

    Post Title: Part Time Community Sports Coach
    Hours: 10 hrs per week between hours of 4pm-9pm and weekends only
    Based at: The Goal Zone, New York Stadium
    Responsible to: Inclusion Manager, Sports Development Officer
    Responsible for: Volunteers, casual coaches and/or assistants from employment initiatives

    Principal Purpose of Job

    To deliver a range of high quality sport and physical activity opportunities that are progressive and reflective of the needs of young people in the local community. The person applying MUST be able to work evenings and weekends

    Duties and Responsibilities:

    1. To effectively design, plan and deliver a range of high quality sessions in a range of sporting activities that are accessible to all young people.

    2. To deliver a range of sporting opportunities at a fundamental level and to Learn to Train phases of the player pathway that are structured, safe, progressive and fun.

    3. To work with partner agencies to identify local volunteers from the community and to develop a comprehensive coach education/development programme.

    4. To effectively supervise, mentor and direct support staff, volunteers and apprentices.

    5. To imaginatively promote local sporting opportunities to young people in schools and community settings.

    6. To take positive steps to identify and overcome barriers to participation amongst young people from disadvantaged backgrounds through good coaching practice

    7. To assist in establishing Multi sport/skill clubs and new junior clubs/sections after school or in the community

    8. To assist in identifying talented young people and encouraging their further development particularly through the creation of strong school – club links.

    9. To undertake training and continuous professional development as necessary relevant to the post and further career advancement e.g. tutor training or Level 3 sports specific coaching qualification

    10. To assist in the collation of management information and preparation of reports for the steering group and funding agencies.

    12. To contribute to developing and maintaining effective and positive working relationships with all partners and community organisations.

    13. To respond to general enquiries and deal efficiently with any administrative requirements resulting from the implementation of activities e.g. production of activity registers.

    14. To carry out duties in accordance with the employing agency equal opportunities policy, information security policies, financial regulations and the Health and Safety at work Act.

    15. To undertake other duties and responsibilities as required from time to time commensurate with the grade of the post.

    Special Conditions

    –              The post holder will need to have the ability to travel independently across the borough and transport equipment to and from venues.

    –              As the post involves working with children / young people the post holder will be subject to an enhanced CRB Check.

    –              The post will involve working unsociable hours (evenings/weekends).

    To Request a full job specification please email community@rotherhamunited.net.

  30. RUCST through to finals of National Lottery Awards

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    Rotherham United Community Sports Trust need your VOTE to help them win the National Lottery Awards for the “Back into Sport” project which is being delivered in the local community.

    To vote please click here; http://www.lotterygoodcauses.org.uk/project/back-sport

    Back into Sport project overview

    Rotherham United’s charity arm is reaching out to members of the black and ethnic minority community to encourage them to take up sport and physical activities. The organisers felt that Muslim women in particular were being discouraged from getting out and attending such sessions in their local area because of Islamophobia and 18 far-right marches since 2012 by groups such as the EDL and Britain First.

    Over half of Rotherham’s adult population do not take part in physical activity, according to a local authority survey. Black and ethnic minority (BME) adults also face number of barriers including hate crime, poor local facilities for sport, language and cultural barriers

    Since the launch of Sport England funded project by Rotherham United Community Sports Trust 12 months ago, Back into Sport has increased levels of physical activity and sport among BME people at high risk of health-related issues. It is working with local schools, mosques and community groups to recruit participants and volunteers to help set up sports lessons and arrange matches.

    The project runs three netball sessions a week and has supported women from a local school to go on and set up a netball team to play competitive games. They work with a local mosque to increase sport participation among the male congregation. They  as working with a large group of Roma men, facilitating recreational football sessions with the aim to getting them to join their United 4 Communities football team. They have also been offer Rotherham’s growing Tamil community fitness and sports sessions for men and women.

    Zanib Rasool from Back into Sport says: “We’re absolutely delighted to have made it through to the finals of The National Lottery Awards.  It’s wonderful for everyone involved in our work that our achievements with National Lottery funding have been recognised.   We hope all our supporters will vote for us so we can enjoy national recognition on BBC One later in the year.”

    Inclusion officer Trudi Race said: “Rotherham is a town with a beautifully diverse mixture of culture and races. “Many of these people face barriers when it comes to accessing sport, particularly women. This project enables us to work with the participants to build trust and to make sport more accessible. The first year has seen an incredible increase in BME women accessing sport which is a proud achievement.”

    Rotherham United Football Club: www.themillers.co.uk
    Website: www.rucst.co.uk
    Facebook: Rotherham United Community Sports Trust
    Twitter: @RU_CST

  31. Do you know someone who needs our HELP?

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    Our inclusion football team consists of players from various backgrounds including substance misuse, mental health and homelessness.

    Throughout the year the team are hoping to use their subs to carry out random acts of kindnesses to the people who need it the most in Rotherham!

    We have a total of £130 to put a smile on someone’s face but we need your help! We are asking our followers to email in with suggestions of nice things we can do! This may be:

    • Paying for someone’s weekly shop
    • Treating someone to a match day experience that has never been to a game before but really deserves it
    • Donating £130 worth of food to Rotherham foodbank
    • Buying Easter Eggs for a family
    • Haircuts for the homeless
    • Treating someone to a meal for 2

    The list goes on! If you know someone who deserves a break send us your personal nomination to Trudi Race trace@rotherhamunited.net by 7th April 2017! The Inclusion team will then decide which suggestion they want to act on! DO SOMETHING GOOD THIS SPRING- GET NOMINATING!

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  32. Meet Harry Davies – #GameChangers

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    Meet Harry Davies – #GameChangers

    To mark Level Playing Fields week of action, we are giving you an insight to Harry Davies, a young footballer for Rotherham United Disability Football Team.

    Harry first came to our Saturday morning football session towards the end of 2014. Harry was very shy and low on confidence, he was scared of footballs and didn’t want to join in with the rest of the group. Throughout the next few months Harry would work on a one to one basis with his coach, at the side of the session practicing basic techniques on how to control and pass a ball.

    Once Harry was comfortable with controlling and passing a ball, we put him with the other under 12 disability players, where he was now learning in a more challenging environment with other players around him.

    Harrys confidence grew week after week, from the very quiet, shy Harry we first saw at Wickersley, he was now mixing in with the group, making new friends and never stops talking! On 30/4/2016, Harry attended the last home game of the season vs Blackburn Rovers, which was also the Level Playing Field match day. Harry was one of the flag bearers that day who got to meet a few of the first team players, as well as being a guard of honour whilst the Rotherham United team walked out onto the pitch.

    Despite Rotherham losing 1-0, Harry decided he wanted to come to the AESSEAL New York Stadium more often, so he demanded his parents bought him a season ticket for the 2016/17 season!

    We thanks Harry for all the hard work and effort he puts into his football, and we hope he enjoys the game tonight vs Brighton

    If you want to find any more information about disability football, please contact Jack Pitchford on jpitchford@rotherhamunited.net or 01709827767.

    Rotherham United Football Club: www.themillers.co.uk
    Website: www.rucst.co.uk
    Facebook: Rotherham United Community Sports Trust
    Twitter: @RU_CST

  33. Men’s Health sessions start today!

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    We are running men’s only fitness sessions in the GoalZone at the AESSEAL New York Stadium, through our Sport England funded project.

    The sessions which are free of charge, will be running EVERY Wednesday 3pm – 4pm.

    Our Sport England Project aims to get BME adults both male and female back in to sport. The low key fitness sessions including activities such as table tennis, circuits and boxing.

    If you would like to find out more information or would like to book on please contact Daniel McKenzie on 01709 827767 / dmckenzie@rotherhamunited.net.

    Rotherham United Football Club: www.themillers.co.uk
    Website: www.rucst.co.uk
    Facebook: Rotherham United Community Sports Trust
    Twitter: @RU_CST

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  34. Time to Talk Day

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    Time to Talk Day this year takes place on Thursday 2nd February 2017. It’s a day that brings the nation together to get talking and break the silence around mental health problems.

    Why talk?
    Mental health problems affect one in four of us yet people are still afraid to talk about it. For people with mental health problems not being able to talk about it can be one of the worst parts of the illness. So by getting people talking about mental health we can break down stereotypes, improve relationships, aid recovery and take the stigma out of something that affects us all.

    Rotherham United Community Sports Trust provides extensive provision with regards to mental health, delivering all sorts of activities ranging from football to fishing. A holistic approach to mental wellbeing is provided through the funding of two projects. One being Bupa UK Foundation which targets adult males that are without diagnosis of mental health conditions but are experiencing difficult times due to life circumstances. The other funded by Sport England which targets adults in Rotherham, both male and female, who suffer from mental health issues with the primary aim to engage them in sport.

    For further information regarding the above projects please contact Christos Louca on 01709 827767 or clouca@rotherhamunited.net

    CAMERADOS COME TO TOWN!

    A Camerado is someone who looks out for people who might be having a tough time.  Someone between a stranger and a friend.  You don’t need to have the solution, often just showing a bit of kindness can make all the difference.

    Camerados is a new social movement that believes the answer to all our problems is Friends and Purpose.  The opposite, isolation and boredom, can lead to scary stuff like depression, relationship breakdown, addiction and anxiety.

    Check out our website to see how we’re building our movement in Rotherham, and how you can help.

    In the meantime, don’t be afraid to ask a stranger how they’re doing.  It could make their day.  A bad day can become a rough patch, then a hard life and a lonely one.  Everyone needs a Camerado.

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  35. U4C successful in first stage of groundwork bid

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    United 4 Communities Football Club have been successful with the first stage of their bid to Groundworks (Tesco bags of help). U4C are up against 2 other organisations who all have a chance to receive either £5000, £2000 or £1000.

    This funding will help to sustain and deliver more sports sessions to young people in the most deprived areas of Rotherham.

    United 4 Communities FC was launched in 2012 to enable young people from across Rotherham to experience competitive grassroots football.

    The club aims to target players from a range of backgrounds who feel they are unable to participate in traditional clubs due to range of social and cultural barriers. The club currently offers teams at u16 and adult level and provides an ideal exit route for players from across our evening diversionary youth projects. We are proud to manage such a diverse club with the teams currently having players from 7 different nationalities and 6 different spoken languages.

    Voting is now open and will take place in the following Tesco Stores;

    Chapeltown express
    Rotherham express
    Wath-upon-Dearne ext
    Wath-upon-Dearne ext
    Rotherham extra
    Rotherham extra
    Brinsworth Rotherham express
    Bolton on Dearne express
    Fenton express Maltby
    Rotherham mrgt road express
    Marsh bellows road express

    Voting closes on 28th January 2017, if you would like to find out more information please contact us on 01709 827767.

  36. Disability Football returns on Saturday

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    Our Disability Football Development Centre returns on Saturday after a short break over Christmas. We had a great year last year and we hope it is just as successful this year.

    Our sessions are based on meeting individual needs of participants, and making sure they enjoy their football and are challenged in a fun and safe environment. The U12, U16 and Adult (16+) teams represent Rotherham United in fixtures at least once a month against local disability teams.

    If our disability development centre is something that you or someone you know may be interested in, then look at the session time and venue below.

    U13’s (ages 8-12)  & U16’s (ages 13-15) 10:00-11:30
    Adults (16+) 10:00-11:30

    Cost: £3 (first session free)

    Saturday mornings at Wickersley School & Sports College

    If you have any enquiries regarding our Disability Development Centre, please contact Jack Pitchford on jpitchford@rotherhamunited.net or 01709 827767

    Club Website: www.themillers.co.uk
    Trust Website: www.rucst.co.uk
    Facebook: Rotherham United Community Sports Trust
    Twitter: @RU_CST

  37. Too many men are dying too young!

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    November is the month of Movember where men from all over the world grow a moustache to raise awareness of men’s health issues.

    Rotherham United Community Sports Trust funded by BUPA UK Foundation are working with men in Rotherham to increase physical activity levels and provide a friendly and comfortable environment to encourage men to talk about their problems/feelings.

    Too many men are dying too young, FACT. We are hoping to tackle this problem through this project.

    • Every hour one man dies from prostate cancer in the UK
    • On average 13 men each day take their life through suicide in the UK
    • There are more than 6 men diagnosed with testicular cancer every day in the UK

    We are encouraging men from across Rotherham to join us every Thursday 4pm-5pm in our brand new health space at the ASSEAL New York stadium.  Take part in some table tennis, Boxing, circuits and fitness classes or just come down for a chat!

    Or why not come to our next workshop “Alcohol & Health” facilitated by Lifeline Rotherham on Monday 28th November 6pm-8pm at the ASSEAL New York Stadium? Contact Trudi Race on 01709 827767 or trace@rotherhamunited.net for further details.

    Rotherham United Football Club: www.themillers.co.uk
    Website: www.rucst.co.uk
    Facebook: Rotherham United Community Sports Trust
    Twitter: @RU_CST

  38. Premier League Kicks update

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    Since September we have been delivering Premier League Kicks across multiple sites in Rotherham.

    One of our Hub sessions caters for various satellites within the central belt of Rotherham which is amongst the most deprived in the borough. Since September we have delivered activities to young people from Ferham and Eastwood who are mainly from the Roma community, at present we have over 100 young people accessing weekly as one part of our wider Kicks project. We have used the delivery of Kicks as part of a wider engagement tool that has seen us take part in Rotherham’s first carnival and graffiti art workshops.

    As an exit route young people who are in the under 16 age group have the opportunity to play in our grassroots club United 4 Communities FC. The club offers team’s at u16 and 16-25 open age football. The club is specifically designed for young people who need additional support to play competitive football, the club breaks down barriers by providing transport, kit and no match fees for our players who may also face various social and cultural barriers. This season all 16 u16 squad members are part of our kick programme and 10 players of our older age teams are also weekly participant at Kicks. The club enables us to have more weekly contact time with young people which is helping us achieve stronger outcomes. This is a similar path to our new starter Pavol who has been supporting young people as part of our Kicks programme.

    Introducing Pavol Puzo

    We are delighted to appoint Pavol Puzo to an Assistant Community Coach position at the Trust. Pavol has recently started working as part of the Talent Match placement scheme which seeks to bring young people closer to employment. Pavol will be working alongside the Trust’s successful Cohesion Team delivering activities across Rotherham to support the development of young people. Pavol is no stranger to the Trust having been a valued participant on evening provision in Ferham for the past 5 years as well as being United 4 Communities FC captain for a season as part of the u16 squad. Pavol has started work supporting young people as part of the Kicks programme.

    As well as an interest in coaching Pavol brings with him experience of working with the Roma community where his translation and language skills will be an asset to our future work.
    On appointment Pavol said “I am very happy and satisfied with my job because I enjoy going out to the community, getting people more involved in different sports activities”

    Mark Cummins Community Manager commented “This is a wonderful opportunity for Pavol and another step on his relationship with the Trust, one which started 5 years ago as a participant on our programmes in Ferham and alongside Winterhill, it is great to see him grow and develop in to a valued member of staff with the Trust and I wish him every success in his new role”

    For more information about our Kicks provision please contact Mark Cummins mcummins@rotherhamunited.net or phone 01709 827767.

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    Trust Website: www.rucst.co.uk
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  39. Introducing Pavol Puzo

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    We are delighted to appoint Pavol Puzo to an Assistant Community Coach position at the Trust.

    Pavol has recently started working as part of the Talent Match placement scheme which seeks to bring young people closer to employment. Pavol will be working alongside the Trust’s successful Cohesion Team delivering activities across Rotherham to support the development of young people. Pavol is no stranger to the Trust having been a valued participant on evening provision in Ferham for the past 5 years as well as being United 4 Communities FC captain for a season as part of the u16 squad. As well as an interest in coaching Pavol brings with him experience of working with the Roma community where his translation and language skills will be an asset to our future work.

    On appointment Pavol said “ I am very happy and satisfied with my job because I enjoy going out to the community, getting people more involved in different sports activities”

    Mark Cummins Community Manager commented “This is a wonderful opportunity for Pavol and another step on his relationship with the Trust, one which started 5 years ago as a participant on our programmes in Ferham and alongside Winterhill, it is great to see him grow and develop in to a valued member of staff with the Trust and I wish him every success in his new role”

    Club Website: www.themillers.co.uk
    Trust Website: www.rucst.co.uk
    Facebook: Rotherham United Community Sports Trust
    Twitter: @RU_CST

  40. Disability Development Centre thrives

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    Disability Development Centre continues to be a success following the Summer Holiday Camp.

    Over the summer we held a football camp specifically aimed for kids with special needs regardless of their ability within football. Running alongside the Future Stars holiday camp at Wickersley School, the Disability Summer Camp was attended on average 10 participants every week. The main aim was to make sure we had a session available for our current disability team, as well as providing a weekly football session for anyone who had not been a part of our development centre before.

    Following the summer camp, we held our first training session of the season at Wickersley School on Saturday 10th September. This saw two new participants attend, following our successful Summer Camp.

    One of them was Edward, seen at the front of the photo.  Jack Pitchford (Disability Coach) said “Edward first came to our Summer Camp, in which he enjoyed a day at Wickersley as well as our Rio Unites event that we held a paralympic styled event for kids with special needs. It was clear to see Edward is hugely passionate about sport, as he doesn’t let his disability prevent him from participating. Edward came to our development centre training on Saturday morning and put in all his effort to develop his footballing skills”.

    If our disability development centre is something that you or someone you know may be interested in, then look at the session time and venue below.

    U13’s (ages 8-12)  & U16’s (ages 13-15) 10:00-11:30
    Over 16’s 10:00-11:30

    Saturday mornings at Wickersley School & Sports College

    If you have any enquiries regarding our Disability Development Centre, please contact Jack Pitchford on jpitchford@rotherhamunited.net or 01709 827767

    Club Website: www.themillers.co.uk
    Trust Website: www.rucst.co.uk
    Facebook: Rotherham United Community Sports Trust
    Twitter: @RU_CST

  41. Mental Health Workshop – Managing anxiety and stress

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    Our MENTALk HEALTH project focuses on both physical and mental health by offering a combination of free weekly physical exercise sessions and free monthly wellbeing workshops at the ASSEAL New York Stadium.

    The physical sessions will involve sports such as football, rugby and boxing whilst the workshops will provide advice and support around issues such as managing emotions and mood, anxiety, depression, healthy eating and nutrition and general topics that should increase knowledge around how to be a happier and healthier person.

    The next workshop will be running on 22nd August 2016 6pm – 8pm at the AESSEAL New York Stadium and includes information on Managing anxiety and stress.

    The Weekly physical sessions are held at Parkgate Astro, Starting on 8th September 4pm – 5pm and provide the participants with gentle exercises through the delivery of multi sports.

    If you would like to find out more information or get involved, please contact Trudi Race on 01709 827767 or trace@rotherhamuited.net.

    Club Website: www.themillers.co.uk
    Trust Website: www.rucst.co.uk
    Facebook: Rotherham United Community Sports Trust
    Twitter: @RU_CST

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  42. Bringing mental health into the open….

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    On 16th July Rotherham United Community Sports Trust (RUCST) hosted, in partnership with Damian Kitson, Chairman Treeton Terriers JFC, a Gala Dinner to bring Mental Health into the open. The Black Tie event, including 3 course dinner, live music, auctions, raffle and disco had 3 clear aims: Fun, fundraising and raising awareness of mental illness.

    Two mental health ambassadors shared their experiences. Clarke Carlisle, a former professional footballer who has played for clubs including Leeds, QPR and Burnley to name a few and is the former PFA Chairman talked openly about his experiences as did Damian Kitson, a local man who has been key to making this happen alongside RUCST to break the stigma.

    The night was summed up in one comment from a guest on the night “We had a fantastic night in great company. Truly brave, captivating and brutally honest speeches from both speakers. Great hosts, music and food”

    There were over 230 guests on the night with Peter Elliot and Clarke Carlisle supporting the event from the world of sport.

    The night raised over £4,500 which will go to 5 concerns; Clarke Carlisle’s Dual Diagnosis Foundation, RUCST, Treeton Terriers, Rotherham Harriers and Rotherham mind. But most importantly the night raised awareness of mental illness and opened up the discussion in a public way to get the community talking.

    Both Jamie Noble, Head of the Community Sports Trust and Damian Kitson, speaker on the night both believe that the mind and body if looked after in equal measure can help to support individuals to prevent and recover.

    Damian says “Bringing mental health into the open is so important for those who are suffering in silence. This event is aimed at bringing the debate wider to both business and the community. The more we talk, the more we help others feel confident to seek help”

    This fits perfectly with the partners involved in the Gala Dinner, Rotherham Mind who have been providing community mental health support since 1977 and currently offers services to Adults in the community.

    Rotherham United Community Sports Trust launched their Sport England funded Mental Health project in September 2014, this is a programme that aims to create sporting, training and volunteering opportunities for adults in Rotherham with mental health issues. The project brings a different element to the trusts work meaning they are able to explore different avenues within Rotherham and provide support for local people within the community which once were out of reach.

    Jamie Noble (Head of Community) Said “We were delighted to host this fantastic event with our partners, the night certainly created an open and positive message that it is ok to talk about mental illness, which will help to break down barriers and challenge the stigma”

    Additional information on Damian’s challenges for 2016:

    Damian is aiming to run 2 marathons and 3 half marathons this year to open up the debate and has shared his story on his website. Read more at www.mindontherun.co.uk , where there are also basic materials to support people struggling with mental illness.

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  43. Ferham Festival all set and ready to go!

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    Rotherham United Community Sports Trust will once again be organising this year’s Ferham Festival which is to be held on Thursday the 21st of July in Ferham Park.

    This year’s event will run from 11am -3pm with a wide array of activities for young people and families. This year United 4 Communities FC an inclusive football club will be supporting the project by delivering a football tournament on an inflatable pitch along with a speed shot competition. Further activities such as graffiti art, a live DJ, henna, hair braiding and carnival arts will also be part of the event which has been running successfully for the past 8 years.

    Mark Cummins Community Manager commented: “Ferham festival has become a major event in the local calendar with so many different activities on offer, the event is a fanstastic opportunity to bring the whole community together and I am sure this year’s event will prove very popular

    For more information please contact Mark Cummins on 07852494945 or via email mcummins@rotherhamunited.net

    Club Website: www.themillers.co.uk
    Trust Website: www.rucst.co.uk
    Facebook: Rotherham United Community Sports Trust
    Twitter: @RU_CST

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  44. Ramadan Trophy a Success!

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    Rotherham United held the first ever Ramadan 5aside midnight Trophy in Rotherham, the competition was targeted at adults during the holy month of Ramadan being delivered in the early hours of the morning at Rotherham Football Centre.

    The tournament saw 10 teams take part and over 80 people participating, this culminated in a finals night where an eventual winner came through after 4 weeks’ worth of intense competition. The project was part of Rotherham United Community Sports Trust’s Community Sport Activation Fund which is funded by Sport England. The project seeks to give adults from the central belt of Rotherham increased access to sport and physical activity, to date the project has worked with over 300 people delivering a range of sports including football, rounders, netball and dance.

    Mark Cummins Community Manager commented: “the Ramadan Trophy was a huge success being played in a competitive but friendly atmosphere, the wider project is about delivering sport and physical activity locally and to suite demand from diverse communities. I would like to thank Rotherham Football Centre for opening the centre to accommodate us in the early hours, from how well received the tournament was I certainly think it will become an annual feature. Congratulations to everyone who took part!”

    For more information please contact Mark Cummins on 01709 827767 or via email mcummins@rotherhamunited.net

    Club Website: www.themillers.co.uk
    Trust Website: www.rucst.co.uk
    Facebook: Rotherham United Community Sports Trust
    Twitter: @RU_CST

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  45. Summer Disability Football Camps

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    We are pleased to announce the release of our Summer Disability Football Camp dates which will be running EVERY Wednesday at Wickersley School and Sports College!

    Our disability football summer camp is for boys and girls with hearing impairment, visual impairment, autism and other special educational needs. Venue – Wickersley school and Sports College (playing fields)

    Venue: Wickersley School & Sports College
    Time: 10am – 3pm
    Ages : 7 – 15
    Prices: £12 per day

    WEEK 1  20th July
    WEEK 2  27th July
    WEEK 3  3rd August
    WEEK 4  10th August
    WEEK 5  17th August
    WEEK 6  24th August
    WEEK 7  31st August

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    Please keep checking our website and social media pages as we will be releasing information regarding additional holiday camps, which will take place at various venues across Rotherham throughout the holidays.

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    Website: www.rucst.co.uk
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  46. Mentalk Health workshops and sessions

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    Our new project MENTALk HEALTH will focus on both physical and mental health by offering a combination of free weekly physical exercise sessions and free monthly wellbeing workshops at the ASSEAL New York Stadium.

    The physical sessions will involve sports such as football, rugby and boxing whilst the workshops will provide advice and support around issues such as managing emotions and mood, anxiety, depression, healthy eating and nutrition and general topics that should increase knowledge around how to be a happier and healthier person.

    The next workshop will be running on 27th June 2016 6pm – 8pm at the AESSEAL New York Stadium and includes information on Testicular cancer, erectile dysfunction, men’s health statistics, and barriers to men accessing help.

    The Weekly physical sessions are held at Rotherham Football Centre, every Thursday 4pm – 5pm and provide the participants with gentle exercises through the delivery of multi sports.

    If you would like to find out more information or get involved, please contact Trudi Race on 01709 827767 or trace@rotherhamuited.net.

    Rotherham United Football Club: www.themillers.co.uk
    Website: www.rucst.co.uk
    Facebook: Rotherham United Community Sports Trust
    Twitter: @RU_CST