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  1. GALLERY | Find all your Summer Camps pictures here

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    Welcome to our official gallery for our 2021 Summer Camps.

    Follow the links below to see some of our brilliant action shots from all of our different camps.

    Mini Millers Summer Camp

    -Week 1

    Wickersley Future Stars Football Camp

    -Week 1

    Disability Multi-Sports Holiday Camp

    Week 1

    The Millers Parkgate Astro Holiday Camp

    Week 1

    The Millers Maltby Leisure Centre Holiday Camp

    -Week 1

    BMX Holiday Camp

    -Week 1

    Winterhill Football Holiday Camp

    -Week 1

    Holiday Art Club

    Week 1

  2. NEWS | RUCST’s Future Stars accepted onto the Junior Premier League

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    Rotherham United Community Sports Trust (RUCST) are delighted to announce that our Under 8’s and Under 14’s Future Stars Teams have been accepted onto the Junior Premier League for the 2021/22 season.

    Future Stars is RUCST’s official football development programme that is delivered by our very own UEFA B qualified coaches; Adam Pilgrim and Dave Atkinson.

    With links to Rotherham United’s Academy, Future Stars offers progression opportunities for all age groups. This programme therefore gives children from the age of 5 the opportunity to learn and develop their football and social skills in a fun and safe environment.

    The Junior Premier League is a player development focused league which prides itself on bridging the gap between grassroots and academy football, therefore offering a high standard of football to the players and teams within it.

    This is exciting for RUCST’s Future Stars, as it is England’s only National league for youth players from U8 to U18 and is the largest league in the country with over 25,000 players.

    Our Future Stars Under 8’s and Under 14’s teams will play matches every Saturday against other development centres from around the North East.

    Adam Pilgrim, RUCST’s Football Development Coordinator said:

     “We are absolutely delighted to have Future Stars accepted into the Junior Premier League, a move which is going to really help the young people in our programme develop by having the opportunity to compete week in, week out against some of the best players from various parts of the north of England.

    This level of competition for our young people is only going to help them thrive, and provide them with the best possible environment to help them achieve their goals within football”.

    For more information on RUCST’s Future Stars programme, please click HERE or email apilgrim@rotherhamunited.net.

    For more information on the JPL, click HERE.

  3. NEWS | RUCST to provide Women’s Diverse Recreational Football sessions

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    Rotherham United Community Sports Trust are delighted to announce the provision of FREE inclusive football sessions for women of all abilities from ethnically diverse backgrounds. These sessions will take place in a private facility at Cranworth Road, Rotherham, S65 1LN.

    These sessions will take place on Thursday mornings from 9.30am-10.30am, and start from Thursday 29th July.

    For more information please contact mwhite@rotherhamunited.net or 01709827767.

    Please book at the link below;

      Attendee full name*

      Date of birth*

      Ethnicity*

      Select the days you would like to attend*:

      House number & street*

      Address line 1*

      Town/City*

      Postcode*

      Email*

      Emergency contact name*

      Emergency contact number*

      Does you have any disabilities*

      If yes, please provide further details

      Photo consent:

      YesI have read and accept the terms outlined in the Privacy Policy

    • NEWS | Kickstart scheme proves to be a success for new RUCST recruit

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      The ‘Kickstart’ scheme has proved to be successful for recent recruit Chris Pickford, who has secured a place on a National Teach First scheme after his spell as a classroom assistant at Rotherham United Community Sports Trust (RUCST).

      Chris was one of the five new members of staff recruited by RUCST in March due to funding grants from the Government’s Kickstart scheme and the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP).

      This scheme provides funding for RUCST which enables them to provide 25 hours of work to promising individuals for a total of 6 months; therefore giving local young people a chance to ‘kickstart’ their careers. This scheme is in partnership with the English Football League Trust and Job Centre Plus.

      After a short but successful time in the Education department at RUCST, Chris will be going on to teach full-time in a secondary school as soon as September 2021.

      When asked about his experience on the Kickstart scheme at RUCST, Chris said:

      “I thoroughly enjoyed my time working as a classroom assistant at RUCST. I found it energising to work with people who shared the same values as me and who were so committed to giving real-life chances to young people.

      From day one, I was made to feel like a full member of the team and learned so much from my manager, James, from my colleagues, and from the young people I worked with. As well as developing my confidence, teamwork, and leadership skills, working with the team has given me a better idea of the career path I would like to follow.

      During my placement, with James’s support, I applied to the national Teach First scheme and am now in training to start teaching in a secondary school in September 2021.  I am very grateful for the opportunity I have had to work with and learn from, such an incredible team and I was sorry to leave.”

      James Mahoney, Head of Education commented:

      “I am delighted for Chris that he has been able to secure a full-time teaching role to start in September. Although we are disappointed to lose Chris, this is a fantastic opportunity for him to grasp with both hands. Chris joined us with very little experience in teaching, however, his skill set and work ethic will allow him to be successful as a secondary school teacher. He has been brilliant in the short time he has been with us.”

      Following on from the initiative’s success, we are now advertising for a new Classroom Assistant to join the Trust’s diverse and hard-working team for the new academic year.

      For more information, please contact community@rotherhamunited.net or 01709827767.

    • NEWS | RUCST selected to pilot free FA Girls Football UNITE scheme

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      Rotherham United Community Sports Trust (RUCST) are thrilled to announce that we have been approved to deliver the FA’s new pilot scheme, ‘UNITE’, aimed at increasing the number of 12-14-year-old girls participating in football.

      This programme aims to provide girls between the ages of 12-14 with fun, relevant and engaging recreational sessions that will allow them to develop themselves as much as their football skills in a safe, inclusive environment.

      The programme has been specifically designed to give autonomy, choice and voice to the girls who are involved in the sessions. By adopting this approach, young people will have the freedom to develop their social identity, become valued members of a team and build their self-confidence through engaging in fun and flexible football activity.

      These sessions will be free and will run from 22nd July 6pm-7pm at Parkgate Astro Greasbrough Road, Rotherham S62 6HQ

      If you know someone who might be interested, then please get in touch at mwhite@rotherhamunited.net or call 01709827767 to register your interest.

    • NEWS | RUCST join FA England Women’s Talent Pathway

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      Rotherham United Community Sports Trust (RUCST) are delighted to announce our involvement in the newly expanded Talent Inclusion Programme work with the FA and 33 other EFL Club Community Organisations (CCO).

      The Talent Inclusion programme ensures that through our existing community activities, female participants can be identified and referred to the FA England Women’s Talent Pathway. Social class, ethnicity and demographics should not be a barrier to success.

      For girls showing potential, the programme creates a pathway from community to full England honours, with an educated workforce that identifies and supports potential.

      We will be supported by an education and learning programme managed by the EFL Trust and supported by The FA.

      The longer term aspiration of the programme is for all English EFL clubs to engage.

      FA Women’s Talent Pathway Operations Manager, Alexis Lunn-Gadd commented,

      “Our partnership with the EFL Trust contributes hugely to our ongoing work to develop and deliver an accessible and inclusive talent pathway. We are delighted that the programme has expanded to 34 Clubs. We cannot underestimate the impact of the bespoke work the CCO’s will be delivering within their communities and how that will undoubtedly help unearth potential hidden talent.”

      Loo Brackpool, Head of Participation and Community Engagement at the EFL Trust comments,

      “We are delighted to be continuing our work in partnership with The FA to really address areas of need. The EFL Trust network of Club Community Organisations delivers in some of the most diverse communities within the country, engaging thousands of girls on a weekly basis. We know there is talent out there, we just need to provide the opportunities by working with the network and The FA to make talent pathways more accessible by understanding local need and barriers.“

      The group of participating EFL CCOs can be seen below:

      Accrington Stanley Community Trust

      AFC Bournemouth Community Sports Trust

      Aston Villa Community Trust

      Argyle Community Trust (Plymouth)

      Bolton Wanderers Community Trust

      Brentford FC Community Sports Trust

      Bristol City Robins Foundation

      Bristol Rovers Community Trust

      Burton Albion Community Trust

      Club Doncaster Foundation

      Derby County Community Trust

      Exeter City Community Trust

      Foundation 92 (Salford)

      Foundation of Light (Sunderland)

      Huddersfield Town Foundation

      Ipswich Town Community Trust

      Leeds United Community Trust

      Leyton Orient Trust

      Lincoln City Foundation

      Luton Town FC Community Trust

      Middlesbrough Football Club Foundation

      Northampton Town FC Community Trust

      Peterborough Utd Foundation

      Port Vale Foundation

      Preston North End Community and Education Trust

      QPR in the Community Trust

      Reds in the Community (Barnsley)

      Rochdale AFC Community Sports Trust

      Rotherham United Community Sports Trust

      Stevenage FC Foundation

      Stoke City Community Trust

      Sheffield United Community Trust

      Tranmere Rovers in the Community

      Wigan Athletic Community Trust

      For more information please contact community@rotherhamunited.net or 01709827767.

    • NEWS | RUCST announce full Summer Camp Schedule

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      Rotherham United Community Sports Trust are delighted to announce the full list of Holiday Camps that we will be running throughout the summer period.

      In addition to our paid Future Stars and Mini Millers camps, we will be running seven FREE camps over the summer period.


      RUCST PAID HOLIDAY CAMPS

      Option 1: Mini Millers Summer Camp

      This is an introduction to football/ early development sessions for boys and girls aged 18months to 4 years. One parent or carer may attend. It will be running weekly on Tuesdays from 27th July -24th August (10:30am – 12 noon).


      Each session will take place in the sports hall at Wickersley Sports College and each session will cost £5 per child.

      BOOK ONLINE HERE

      Option 2: Wickersley Future Stars Football Camp

      This is a Future Stars football camp for boys and girls aged 5-14. It will be running every day from Monday – Fridays, from the 26th July-27th August (10am-3pm).

      Every week, the camp will take place at Wickersley Sports College, and it costs £15 per day or £50 per week. This offer of £50 per week is running until the 30th June, after this the prices will then increase to £60 per week.

      BOOK ONLINE HERE


      FREE HOLIDAY ACTIVITY FUND CAMPS

      These free camps are part of the Holiday Activity Fund Programme and are for families who require support with food and activity over the holiday period. These camps below include a free hot meal for the children attending.

      There are also limited paid places available on the funded courses below to ensure that they are accessible to those who don’t qualify for free school meals.

      Option 1: Disability Multi-Sports Holiday Camp

      This multi-sports camp is for young people aged 8-16 with special educational needs and/or disabilities. It will be running every Monday and Tuesday from Monday 26th July- Tuesday 24th August (10am-2pm).

      Please note there are two different venues for the two different days. The Monday Camp venue is at Clifton Community School, Cranworth Road Site, S651LN and the Tuesday Camp venue is at Parkgate Astro, Greasbrough Road, Parkgate, S62 6HQ.

      BOOK ONLINE HERE

      Option 2: The Millers Parkgate Astro Holiday Camp

      This is a multi-sports camp for boys and girls ages 8-16. It will be running every day from Tuesdays – Fridays, from the 27th July-20th August (9am-4pm).

      This camp will take place at Parkgate Astro, 23 Greasbrough Rd, Parkgate, Rotherham S62 6HQ.

      Please note that every Tuesday the camp will take place at Rotherham Leisure Complex and the children with have the opportunity to take part in a swimming session.

      BOOK ONLINE HERE

      Option 3: The Millers Maltby Leisure Centre Holiday Camp

      This is also a multi-sports camp for boys and girls ages 8-16. It will be running from Tuesdays- Fridays weekly, from the 3rd August-27th August (12pm-4pm).

      This camp will take place at Maltby Leisure Centre, High St, Maltby, Rotherham, S66 8JE.

      Please note that there will be the option for the children to participate in a swimming session one day per week.

      BOOK ONLINE HERE

      Option 4: BMX Holiday Camp

      This is a BMX camp for girls and boys aged 8-16. It will be running on two weeks in August, on the weeks of Monday 2nd-Thursday 5th August and Monday 16th-Thursday 19th August (10am-2pm).

      Participants will receive coaching from British Cycling level 3 qualified coaches, and this will take place at Winterhill School & Rotherham BMX facility, Little Common Lane, Kimberworth, Rotherham.

      To book online, please email rotherhambmx@outlook.com

      Option 5: Winterhill Football Holiday Camp

      This is a football camp for boys and girls aged 8-16. Camp 1 will be running from Tuesday, 27th – Friday, 30th July 2021 (10am – 2pm) and Camp 2 will be running from Monday, 9th – Thursday, 12th August 2021 (10am – 2pm).

      This camp will take place at Winterhill School (3G Astro-turf), High Street, Kimberworth, S61 2BD.

      Please note, appropriate footwear must be worn- trainers or moulded football boots.

      To book online, please email gnicholas@winterhill.org.uk

      Option 6: Holiday Art Club

      This is a Holiday Club for young people who are interested in Arts & Crafts, Painting & Drawing and Poetry & creative writing. It will be running from Mondays to Thursdays from Monday 26th July- Thursday 19th August (11am-3pm) for ages 8-16.

      This camp will take place at St Pauls Church Masbrough, 139 Kimberworth Road, Rotherham, S611AH.

      BOOK ONLINE HERE

      Option 7: Wickersley Future Stars Football Camp

      This is a Future Stars football camp for boys and girls aged 5-14. It will be running every day from Monday – Fridays, from the 26th July-27th August (10am-3pm).

      Please note that with the Holiday Activity Fund, we only have be 20 free places per day alongside the paid slots at the Wickersley camp. These 20 places will be allocated on a first come first served basis for the free school meals.

      This camp will take place at Wickersley School & sports College, Bawtry Rd, Wickersley, Rotherham S66 1JL.

      BOOK ONLINE HERE


      For more information please email community@rotherhamunited.net or call 01709827767.

    • SUMMER CAMPS | Wickersley School Future Stars Holiday Camp

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      Rotherham United Community Sports Trust are pleased to announce our Holiday Camps are returning this Summer to various locations across Rotherham.

      This camp is funded by the Holiday Activity Fund and free places are available for families who are eligible for free school meals.

      There will be 20 free places per day to access the Holiday Activity Fund camp running alongside the Wickersley football camp. These places will be allocated on a first come first served basis for the free school meals.

      Multiple weeks can be booked, attendance will be monitored and unique reference numbers will be required to evidence eligibility for free school meal places provided by your school.

      This camp runs from 10am-3pm on the dates identified below which will be primarily football activities including fun games, skills sessions, tournaments, inflatable activities, players visits and more.

      Please complete the contact from below to book onto our Wickersley specific camp.

      if you require any more information, please contact participation@rotherhamunited.net or 01709827767.

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        Wickersley Camp, Summer 2021

        Child full name*

        Child date of birth*

        Child ethnicity*

        Please enter the unique reference number (URN) provided by your child's school to access your free place*

        Select the week you would like to attend* (you must be available to attend all days):

        House number & street*

        Address line 1*

        Town/City*

        Postcode*

        Parent name*

        Parent contact number*

        Parent Email*

        Emergency contact name*

        Emergency contact number*

        Does your child have any disabilities*

        If yes, please provide further details

        Does your child have any food allergies/dietary requirements*

        If yes, please provide further details

        Your child will be provided with a free meal each day. A member of our team will contact you after your place is confirmed to arrange meal choices.

        Photo consent:

        YesI have read and accept the terms outlined in the Privacy Policy

      • SUMMER CAMPS | Disability Multi-Sports Holiday Camp 2021

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        Rotherham United Community Sports Trust are pleased to announce that we will be running a Disability Multi-Sports Camp this summer. Please complete the contact form below to book onto this camp. This camp runs from 10am-2pm on the dates identified below.

        FREE places are available to families who are eligible for Free School Meals. Collect your unique reference number from school to access your free place.

        There are additional places available for children not on free school meals priced at £10 a day. Please complete the same booking form below.

        Please note there are two different venues for the two different days. The Monday Camp venue is at Clifton Community School, Cranworth Road Site, S651LN and the Tuesday Camp venue is at Parkgate Astro, Greasbrough Road, Parkgate, S62 6HQ.

        if you require any more information, please contact inclusion@rotherhamunited.net or 01709827767.

        To book multiple weeks, please complete the form for every week required.

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          Disability Camp, Summer 2021

          Child full name*

          Child date of birth*

          Child ethnicity*

          Please enter the unique reference number (URN) provided by your child's school to access your free place*

          Select the week you would like to attend* (you must be available to attend all days):

          Mondays are held at Cranworth Road.
          Tuesday are held at Parkgate Astro.

          House number & street*

          Address line 1*

          Town/City*

          Postcode*

          Parent name*

          Parent contact number*

          Parent Email*

          Emergency contact name*

          Emergency contact number*

          Does your child have any disabilities*

          If yes, please provide further details

          Does your child have any food allergies/dietary requirements*

          If yes, please provide further details

          Your child will be provided with a free hot meal each day. Every meal will come with a set vegetable portion and dessert however your child needs to choose their main meal.

          A member of our team will contact you after your place is confirmed to arrange meal choices.

          Photo consent:

          YesI have read and accept the terms outlined in the Privacy Policy

        • SUMMER CAMPS | Maltby Leisure Centre Multi-Sports Camp

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          Rotherham United Community Sports Trust are pleased to announce our Holiday Activity Fund Camps are returning this Summer to various locations across Rotherham. To book at Maltby Leisure Centre, please complete the contact form below.

          FREE places are available to families who are eligible for Free School Meals. Collect your unique reference number from school to access your free place.

          As this is a Multi-Sports camp, please note that there will be the option for the children to participate in a swimming session one day per week.

          To book multiple weeks, please complete the form for every week required.

          if you require any more information, please contact inclusion@rotherhamunited.net or 01709827767.

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            Maltby Leisure Centre Camp, Summer 2021

            Child full name*

            Child date of birth*

            Child ethnicity*

            Please enter the unique reference number (URN) provided by your child's school to access your free place*

            Select the week you would like to attend* (you must be available to attend all days):

            House number & street*

            Address line 1*

            Town/City*

            Postcode*

            Parent name*

            Parent contact number*

            Parent Email*

            Emergency contact name*

            Emergency contact number*

            Does your child have any disabilities*

            If yes, please provide further details

            Does your child have any food allergies/dietary requirements*

            If yes, please provide further details

            Your child will be provided with a free hot meal each day. Every meal will come with a set vegetable portion and dessert however your child needs to choose their main meal.

            A member of our team will contact you after your place is confirmed to arrange meal choices.

            Photo consent:

            Would your child be interested in a swimming session during this camp?:

            YesI have read and accept the terms outlined in the Privacy Policy

          • SUMMER CAMPS | Parkgate Astro Multi-Sports Camp

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            Rotherham United Community Sports Trust are pleased to announce our Holiday Activity Fund Camps are returning this Summer to various locations across Rotherham. To book onto our camp at Parkgate Astro, please complete the contact form below.

            FREE places are available to families who are eligible for Free School Meals. Collect your unique reference number from school to access your free place.

            As this is a Multi-Sports camp, please be aware that Tuesdays will be held at Rotherham Leisure Centre where the children with have the opportunity to take part in a swimming session, however, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday will be at Parkgate Astro.

            To book multiple weeks, please complete the form for every week required.

            if you require any more information, please contact inclusion@rotherhamunited.net or 01709827767.

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              PGA Camp, Summer 2021

              Child full name*

              Child date of birth*

              Child ethnicity*

              Please enter the unique reference number (URN) provided by your child's school to access your free place*

              Select the week you would like to attend* (you must be available to attend all days):

              Tuesdays are held at Rotherham Leisure Complex.
              Wednesday, Thursday & Fridays are held at Parkgate Astro.

              House number & street*

              Address line 1*

              Town/City*

              Postcode*

              Parent name*

              Parent contact number*

              Parent Email*

              Emergency contact name*

              Emergency contact number*

              Does your child have any disabilities*

              If yes, please provide further details

              Does your child have any food allergies/dietary requirements*

              If yes, please provide further details

              Your child will be provided with a free hot meal each day. Every meal will come with a set vegetable portion and dessert however your child needs to choose their main meal.

              A member of our team will contact you after your place is confirmed to arrange meal choices.

              Photo consent:

              Would your child be interested in a swimming session during this camp?:

              YesI have read and accept the terms outlined in the Privacy Policy

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            • NEWS | Future Stars and Mini Millers Camps Return this Summer

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              Rotherham United Community Sports Trust are delighted to announce the return of our Future Stars Summer football camp in July and August.

              Our Future Stars football camp is for boys and girls aged 5-14. This camp is for children of any ability level, and the camp includes training sessions, fun games and mini-tournaments that are all delivered by our fantastic UEFA qualified coaches.

              Our summer football camp offers inflatable fun days, huge prizes for our winners and player visits from the Rotherham United First Team.

              The dates for the camps are as follows:

              Week 1: 26th-30th July 2021

              Week 2: 2nd-6th August 2021

              Week 3: 9th-13th August 2021

              Week 4: 16th-20th August 2021

              Week 5: 23rd-27th August 2021

              Every week, the camp will take place at Wickersley School, and it costs £15 per day or £50 per week. This offer of £50 per week is running until the 30th June, after this the prices will then increase to £60 per week.

              Mini Millers Summer Camps  

              We are also running Mini Millers summer camps every Tuesday from the 27th July throughout the summer for boys and girls aged 18months to 4 years. Each session will take place in the sports hall at Wickersley Sports College 10:30am-12:00pm, each session will cost £5 per child.

              Click HERE to book online now.

              For more information, contact jgilberthorpe@rotherhamunited.net or 01709827767.

            • NEWS | RUCST release their Annual Impact Report for 2020

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              Rotherham United Community Sports Trust (RUCST) are extremely proud to announce the release of their Annual Impact Report 2020. 

              As the official charity of the club, RUCST uses the influence of Rotherham United FC to engage, inspire and develop the communities of Rotherham for a long-lasting impact on future generations.

              This impact report displays the several different programmes that the Trust has provided to the local community of Rotherham within the challenging year of 2020 and the impact that these programmes have had upon individuals within the community. 

              Despite the challenges we have all faced through the year, the trust has maintained the continued support of the most vulnerable in the community and have consistently delivered the high standard of services which puts Rotherham United FC into some of the most deprived areas of Rotherham. 

              Now over 12 years old, the trust delivers much more than it was designed to do in its inception. They now are highly regarded for their post 16 college and youth work delivery, their health and wellbeing work in and around the AESSEAL New York Stadium, the bringing together of the many diverse communities and not forgetting the impact they have in many schools in the town.   

              Head of Community, Jamie Noble said: 

              I am delighted to share our Impact Report for the 2020 delivery year with you all. Despite many ups and downs, as a Trust, we managed to successfully adapt our provision to ensure the best possible experience for all our participants.” 

              “This report will identify the impact that our programmes have had on the local community in the past year, and it demonstrates how my amazing team of staff adapted to the Covid-19 pandemic to support those who are vulnerable within our community. I am extremely proud and I cannot thank them enough”.

              “ We must also pass on our sincere thanks to all our key stakeholders both locally, regionally and nationally who have continued to support us and keep believing in our strength of presence in the town. Finally, a huge thank you to the players and staff of Rotherham United and our connected companies. We do not see ourselves as a separate organisation, we are one string of a finely tuned instrument that when working together plays the most amazing tune. It is a pleasure to be connected to such a fantastic football club and we look forward to many more years ahead.”

              Read our impact report HERE (link to Issuu).

              For more information on our programmes, please contact community@rotherhamunited.net or 01709827767.

            • NEWS | Extra funding permits bumper recruitment month for RUCST

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              Rotherham United Community Sports Trust have recruited five new members of staff to bolster their ever-expanding team due to funding grants from the Government’s Kickstart scheme and the DWP.

              Three of the new employees were recruited on the Government’s Kickstart scheme in partnership with the English Football League Trust and Job Centre Plus. This scheme provides funding for RUCST to enable them to provide 25 hours of work for a total of 6 months; therefore giving these local young people a chance to ‘kickstart’ their career.

              Eden Hallam (Assistant Sports Coach), Chris Pickford (Classroom Assistant) and Laura Boulding (Administration Assistant) are the new Kickstart members of staff at RUCST. With a combined range of different skills; these talented, young individuals make a huge contribution the Trust’s diverse and hard-working team.

              Gary Bricknell, Operations Manager at RUCST said “We are delighted to have added a range of new talent to our team through our Kickstart Scheme. All of our new recruits have many vitial skills that will provide the trust with much needs support over the next 6 months. This initiative is an amazing way to start people’s careers and give them that initial boost that they need.”

              Two other members of staff, Sandra Greatorex and Naveed Ahmed have been employed on funding from the DWP as part of our Employability and Inclusion teams.

              Two of our new recruits: Naveed Ahmed and Laura Boulding pitch-side at the New York Stadium

              Sandra Greatorex’s role as an Employability & Skills Officer allows her to work with the local community to provide them with opportunities in gaining work experience and learning new skills with pathways into career progression. Read more about RUCST’s employability and training opportunities HERE.

              Naveed Ahmed’s role as an Inclusion & Diversity Officer enables him to work with members of the community from underprivileged backgrounds. His main goal is to make a difference to the lives of participants from BAME backgrounds, through employment or encouraging them to live a healthier lifestyle.  

              For more information, please contact community@rotherhamunited.net or 01709827767.

            • NEWS | RUCST celebrates Volunteers’ week

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              Volunteers Week is a chance to recognize the fantastic contribution that our volunteers make to our community. 

              Volunteers week takes place from the 1st-7th June every year, and it allows us to say a huge thank you to those who give up their time to give back to the local community. 

              RUCST would firstly like to thank our students Hannah Jones, Caitlin Cooper, Millie Simms, Lauren Cuckson, Kieran Cartwright and George Gregory for their fantastic efforts. These individuals are some of our regular volunteers from our education programmes.

              Hannah Jones, Caitlin Cooper and Millie Simms are all studying the BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in sport and are in the last few weeks of the course. They are due to start on our Foundation Degree in September that we run in partnership with the University of South Wales. Lauren, George and Kieran are all currently on the Foundation Degree. 

              Hannah Jones, Kieran Cartwright and Caitlin Cooper at our Spring Future Stars Football Camp.

              Head of Education James Mahoney said: 

              “We are delighted that a selection of our learners have volunteered this week on our half-term holiday courses. The level of support they have provided the coaches has been fantastic and the feedback from the participants shows how well they have performed as assistant coaches. We hope these types of opportunities will benefit them in their career path and lead to employment opportunities either internally at RUCST or externally in the sports industry.”

              Caitlin Cooper at our Spring Future Stars Football Camp.

              We’d especially like to recognise Stuart Wildridge for all of the time and effort he has put into helping out the trust and giving back to the community. Stuart is a shining example of a volunteer who has selflessly committed much of his own time to our community work. 

              Not only does Stuart ferry our participants in minibuses across the region regularly, he was also on hand to help out straight away during the Covid-19 outbreak as he delivered several care packages around Rotherham. In addition to this, he completed many shopping trips for RUCST’s vulnerable participants who were unable to go themselves. 

              Head of Community Jamie Noble said: 

              “Stuart is an integral part to supporting the management of the Trust facilities. He does everything for the staff here, from cleaning up after people and making them drinks from when they are looking frazzled, to transporting some of our learners to the training ground and back. He has a heart of gold and will do anything for the community and Trust.”

              Stuart was awarded a personalised plaque to commend his contribution to the community earlier this year.

              Another volunteer who deserves recognition this week is Calem Allen. Calem is a support coach on our Skateboarding sessions in Maltby. These sessions are free and are part of the Premier League Kicks programme that we deliver to local young people. Calem is doing his level 1 Skateboarding qualification this month and will continue to support this provision to engage young people within deprived areas of the community.

              Calem, our Maltby Kicks Skateboard coach in action.

              On behalf of everyone at RUCST, we’d like to say a tremendous thank you to all of the incredible individuals named above for all the hard work and commitment they have put into their community this year. 

              For more information contact community@rotherhamunited.net or 01709827767.

            • NEWS | New Future Stars Girls sessions prove to be a success

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              The brand new Future Stars Girls development programme has got off to a flying start with exceptional attendances from local girls after its official launch in April.

              Experienced UEFA qualified coaches from Rotherham United Community Sports Trust (RUCST) have been delivering this programme weekly at Parkgate Astro to girls of any ability level who are aged 5-16. 

              The aim of this programme is to get local girls playing football, and to offer progression opportunities as they get older to join Rotherham United Women’s first team.

              So far, the Monday sessions at Parkgate Astro have been extremely well attended. We have two really good groups forming, with a 5 – 7-year-old group which is based on fun games to develop their skills and comfort with the ball at their feet. Our 8 – 11-year-old group have been developing their individual skills and then applying them to small-sided games.

              RUCST are hoping to be able to provide these girls with opportunities to play against opposition teams in the near future to help further their development, but overall, we’re really pleased with the start we’ve made, and we’ll keep working towards the vision we have for this programme.

              We’d also like to thank the players from Rotherham United Women FC who have supported our sessions and provided our Future Stars with some fantastic role models. 

              At RUCST, we are keen to create a lasting legacy for girls and women within the community. Our coaches are passionate about introducing young girls into the sport and developing their skills and understanding of the game.

              For more information on our Future Stars sessions, click HERE or contact participation@rotherhamunited.net 

            • JOB VACANCY | NCS Coordinator

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              Rotherham United Community Sports Trust are seeking to appoint an enthusiastic, charismatic and dedicated individual to join our NCS Team.

              Due to the successful delivery of our NCS programme we are recruiting for an NCS Co-ordinator to support in the planning and delivery of the National Citizen Service (NCS) programme. You will work closely with the NCS Manager and NCS Senior Co-ordinators to support in the borough wide recruitment of young people as well as the delivery of pre-programme retention events, on-programme activities and post-programme engagement.

              You will be experienced in developing and delivering presentations and activities to young people with a view to recruiting and retaining young people onto our NCS programme.

              You will have experience in handling confidential information and inputting data onto CRM systems/online databases/spreadsheets, safely storing data after use in accordance with GDPR regulations.

              You will be aware of brand reputation and the importance of sustaining good working relationships with external partners.

              You will be able to demonstrate your skills in engaging with and inspiring young people as well as your knowledge of safeguarding and health and safety when it comes to working with young people, some of which may be vulnerable and challenging.

              You will be able work intuitively with the ability to plan, prepare and forward think before task commencement whilst also having the ability to adapt and think creatively in times of change.

              You will be able to monitor and work on the tasks that have been set for you by senior management and you will be able to report/update management on your progress.

              You will have experience in supporting in the planning and delivery of small scale and large scale events.

              You will have a ‘can do’ attitude and welcome challenge with a positive mind-set.

              You will have on-the-ground experience in leading young people in residential settings and social action (community) projects.

              Above all, you will be driven to achieve the above because of your passion and experience in making a real difference to the lives of young people.

              This is a permanent full-time position and the normal working weeks is 37.5 hours. Where the duties of your role require you to work unsociable hours (e.g. evenings and/or weekends) you will be given time off in lieu.

              The post is subject to an Enhanced Disclosure & Barring check and the possession of a full valid driving licence.

              Here at RUCST we offer you the chance to join a fun and successful flag-ship NCS team working within the English Football League Trust. You will be offered auto-enrolment into the clubs pension scheme (dependant on eligibility), 28 days annual leave including public holidays, training and development as well as free parking.

              Job Role:  NCS Coordinator
              Hours:  37.5 hours per week
              Salary: £18,500.00-21,500.00

              How to apply:
              Download application form here 
              Download Job Description here

              Closing date: 18th of June 2021, 12noon. 
              Interview date: TBC

              Please send a copy of your job application to jobs@rotherhamunited.net, if you require any more information please contact Carole, NCS Manager at cfoster@rotherhamunited.net.

              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. Employment is subject to the provision of proof of eligibility to work in the UK.

              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.

              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.

              Equal Opportunities

            • NEWS | Shadow Academy join new League for 2021/22 season

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              Rotherham United Community Sports Trust (RUCST) are delighted to confirm that the Rotherham United Shadow Academy will be entering the National Football Youth League for the 2021/22 campaign.

              The National Football Youth League aims to raise standards and aspirations of talented football players in full-time education and outside of the Academy system. Many professional clubs across the country compete in the NFYL, which aims to bridge the gap between college and academy football.

              The League has been hugely successful and has produced many professional players since its introduction, who were “out of the system”. The league is particularly aimed at talented players who have not gained scholarships at 16, have been released from clubs, late developers, or players who just haven’t been noticed yet and need a professional, competitive environment that will allow them to continue to flourish.

              Players will train regularly throughout the week in a professional environment and develop under UEFA qualified coaches who also coach at Rotherham United FC Academy. Players can look forward to having access to high-class facilities, strength & conditioning programmes, physiotherapy, specific goal-keeper coaching and performance analysis equipment (VEO).

              We are already looking forward to the start of the new season, which will see us coming up against teams from the Premier League and EFL including clubs such as Everton, Burnley and Leeds United.

              Rotherham United star and Shadow Academy Ambassador Ben Wiles believes this is a great opportunity for young footballers in Rotherham: “This is a great opportunity for young players across Rotherham who may not have been ready at 16 to sign for a Professional Club. This programme will provide them  with 2 more years to develop their ability in a professional environment, whilst gaining an education that will allow them to progress into employment in the sports industry or progress to University.’’

              Find out more about our Shadow Academy here: https://www.rucst.co.uk/rotherham-united-fc-shadow-academy/

              Apply now to join us in September: https://www.rucst.co.uk/education/apply-now/

              For more information, contact education@rotherhamunited.net or 01709827767.

            • NEWS | RUCST expand their Girls Football provision

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              Rotherham United Community Sports Trust (RUCST) are expanding their provision of women’s and girls’ football in the local community in the run up to the UEFA Women’s Euro 2022.

              At RUCST, we are keen to create a lasting legacy for girls and women within the community. Our UEFA qualified coaches are passionate about introducing young girls into the sport, and developing their skills and understanding of the game.

              The UEFA Women’s Euro competition aims to inspire long-term, sustainable and positive changes in women’s and girls’ football within Rotherham.

              As part of the tournament’s legacy, RUCST is beginning to deliver a range of different programmes in order to welcome women and girls into football, with a focus on under-represented groups. Football will be used to encourage more women and girls to adopt and maintain a healthier lifestyle, with leadership opportunities developed to help women and girls grow the game.

              At RUCST, we run a variety of fun and friendly sessions around Rotherham to introduce girls into the fundamentals of the game.

              Here is a list of our current girls and women’s football provision:

              Future Stars

              The Future Stars girls development programme is for girls of any ability level aged 5-16 and offers progression opportunities into Rotherham United Women’s first team.

              Here is a list of our Future Stars Girls ONLY sessions:

              • Mondays at Parkgate Astro from 6pm-7pm for ages 5-11 years.
              • Wednesdays at Wickersley School from 6pm-7pm for ages 12-14 years.
              • Wednesdays at Parkgate Astro from 6pm-7pm for ages 15-16 years.
              • Sundays at Aston Leisure Centre from 11am-12pm for ages 5-11 years.

              Head Future Stars coach Adam Pilgim said: “All of the coaching team are keen to get more girls into the game from a young age. We want to get them playing the best game in the world with a smile on their faces. We are all UEFA B licensed coaches and we know how important it is to get the FUNdamentals right.”

              To book online, click HERE.

              Weetabix Wildcats

              We also run weekly Weetabix Wildcats sessions at Ruby Cook Recreation Ground. These sessions are all about making new friends and trying something new in a sociable, non-competitive environment. Weetabix Wildcats is designed for girls who want to give football a go for the very first time or want to play with other girls their own age. Most importantly, Weetabix Wildcats is all about having loads of fun and meeting new friends.

              For further information on sessions or how to book on, please contact mwhite@rotherhamunited.net

              Rotherham United Whitehill Girls U18’s

              Rotherham United Women, Rotherham United Community Trust and Brinsworth Whitehill JFC formed a partnership in order to offer organised football for Girls teams at Under 12’s, Under 14’s, Under 16’s, and Under 18’s.

              The club is affiliated as part of Brinsworth Whitehill JFC but is named Rotherham United Whitehill Girls FC.

              Jamie Noble, Head of Community at RUCST said: “As a Charter Standard Community Club we welcome players of all abilities to come and enjoy competitive football played in the right spirit without the pressure of having to win at all costs.”

              If you are interested in joining Rotherham United Whitehill Girls Football Teams please contact Dave Horner on 07411789126 or email admin@ruwfc.com.

              Rotherham United Women

              Rotherham United Women is the official Women’s team that is affiliated with Rotherham United F.C. for women aged 18 and upwards. They are based at Roundwood Sports Complex in Rawmarsh.

              RUWFC play competitive football in the East Midlands Women’s Regional Football League. They are looking to recruit players to their first team for the 21/22 season, and are holding recruitment events on Saturday 5th June, Thursday 10th June and Saturday 12th June.

              If you are interested in joining the team and attending one of the above recruitment events, please contact Val Hoyle on 07841748830, or email admin@ruwfc.com.

              If you require any more information, please call 01709827767 or email community@rotherhamunited.net.

            • GALLERY | Future Stars U15’s/U16’s vs Aston Swallownest FC

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              Last Thursday our U15’s/U16’s boys’ Future Stars played their first ever fixture against Aston Swallownest FC.

              This fixture celebrates the expanding of RUCST’s Future Stars programme, as the U15/U16’s sessions offer pathways from the Youth Development Phase into Career Development Phases at Rotherham United Sports College.

              Future Stars is a football development programme ran by UEFA/FA licensed coaches at Rotherham United Community Sports Trust. The aim of Future Stars is to provide children and teenagers with quality coaching and opportunities to develop their all-round football and social skills.

              Future Stars starts from as young as 5 and runs up to the age of U19’s. For more information on other age groups and how to get involved, click here.

              At RUCST we put our participants at the centre of everything we do, and we are passionate about giving them a chance to achieve their potential.

              For more information, contact apilgrim@rotherhamunited.net or call 01709827767.

            • NEWS | Chairman Tony Stewart and Mayor Jenny Andrews attend RUCST’s Parkgate Astro Launch Event

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              Rotherham United Community Sports Trust (RUCST) officially launched their first community hub facility ‘Parkgate Astro’ on Wednesday the 19th May. Parkgate Astro consists of 3 state of the art (5-a-side) 3G FA certified pitches, a club house which hosts a cafe and diner, and a multi-purpose classroom.

              Parkgate Astro is the first establishment owned by RUCST and marks a crucial step in the progression of the trust. The venue, located in the northern region of Rotherham enables the delivery of bespoke provision tailored specifically to the needs of the communities. To date, these include but not limited to; Holiday hunger Camps, Refugee Football, Man v Fat, disability Football, Inclusion Football, Fitness Boot Camps plus many more.

              This launch celebrated all that have supported RUCST on this journey, which has not come without its difficulties. RUCST would like to place a special thank you to the Football Foundation, Rotherham United Football Club and Rotherham Council, all of which have played an important role enabling the facility to be a success.

              The Mayor of Rotherham, Jenny Andrews and Chairman of Rotherham United F.C, Tony Stewart, unveiled a plaque on the launch day to commemorate the occasion, along with the hard work RUCST has put into their community programmes throughout the Covid-19 pandemic. This will be followed by a socially distanced tour of the facility, showcasing the state of the art facility in its full glory.

              Jamie Noble, Head of community said:

              We are delighted to officially launch the facility after an intermittent 14 months. Its no secret we have operated from the facility over this period as its played a pivotal role in supporting the local community with much needed activities for both physical and mental wellbeing which has become ever more present as a result of the pandemic”.

              We hope this facility will be the first of many hubs located across the borough, bringing a safe and secure environment for residents to access a wide range of provision.”

              “I would like to place our thanks on record to all the local partners, groups and teams that have supported RUCST with this venture – We hope to bolster the relationships further and continue the successful work we all do for the community”.

              If you would like to find out more information about Rotherham United Community Sports Trust, or Parkgate Astro please contact 01709827767 or community@rotherhamunited.net.

            • NEWS | Rotherham to play a part in delivering record-breaking UEFA Women’s Euro 2022

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              The New York Stadium is set to host three group stage fixtures and one Quarter-Final for the UEFA Women’s Euros in 2022.

              With all 16 teams now confirmed for UEFA Women’s EURO 2022, a major ticketing roadmap and legacy programme has been unveiled to illustrate how a record-breaking tournament that has the power to inspire the next generation of players and fans, will be delivered on home soil.

              With over 700,000 tickets available across the 10 venues in nine host cities, an unprecedented number of fans will be able to experience the biggest women’s European sport event ever from 6 – 31 July 2022. The New York Stadium will welcome its first Group D fixture to coincide with Matchday 1 on Sunday 10 July 2022, which will be an opportunity to surpass the 10,550 attendance recorded for a European Qualifier played there between England and Belgium in April 2016. The stadium will then host Matchdays 2 and 3 on Thursday 14 and Monday 18 July 2022 respectively ahead of its final fixture, which will be the fourth Quarter-Final between the winners of Group D and runners-up of Group C on Saturday 23 July 2022.

              Next summer’s celebration of football sees tickets ranging from £5 to £50, with over half a million tickets available for £25 or less, ensuring the UEFA Women’s EURO 2022 is an accessible event for all. The tournament will see a family of four [two adults and two children] able to watch some of the World’s best players from just £30. With over 90% of England’s population within two hours of a game, the tournament will truly belong to everyone and allow fans from all areas the chance to play their part in what will hopefully be a record-breaking summer for the women’s game.

              The first chance supporters will have to apply for tickets is on 13 July 2021, via the Pre-Sale, presented by Visa. To ensure this priority access, fans can register their interest now at UEFA.com/womenseuro/ticketing. The public ballot will open following the draw which takes place on 28 October 2021 live on BBC, with tickets going on general sale from mid-February 2022.

              Together with UEFA, as a nation and host a clear ambition is held to deliver the biggest women’s football event in UEFA history, which is used to inspire long-term, sustainable positive change in women’s and girls’ football. The nine Host Cities and 10 match venues are all playing a vital role in establishing the continued growth of women’s and girls’ football in England and, as next summer gets closer, the Host Cities are also united in the ambition to provide a blueprint for future UEFA Women’s EURO tournaments.

              As part of their legacy Rotherham will deliver a range of programmes to welcome women and girls into football, focusing on under-presented groups. Football will be used to encourage more women and girls to adopt and maintain a healthier lifestyle, with leadership opportunities developed to help women and girls grow the game.

              These pledges will lead to double the number of FA-qualified female coaches and referees across the region, and a 50% increase in the number of football opportunities for women and girls. Additionally, a new digital platform will be used to engage 1,000 women to create awareness of playing opportunities across Rotherham.

              As a collective legacy, the programme shared today sets out the plans across the nine Host Cities to deliver 500,000 new football opportunities to engage women and girls by 2024. This will result in 120,000 more girls playing in schools and clubs and 20,000 women playing for fun and friendship. In addition, 300 newly FA-qualified female coaches will double the number currently involved across the host cities, with 350 new FA-qualified female referees officiating to ensure increased female participation in all areas of the game. Find out more about how the tournament will help drive positive change within girls and women’s football at www.TheFA.com/WEURO2022/legacy.

              Baroness Sue Campbell, EURO 2022 Board Member and Director of Women’s Football, The FA, said: “It has been a challenging year in so many ways, with mental and physical wellbeing hugely affected by the pandemic. The tournament and the legacy we hope to instil is a very real opportunity to positively change the impact restrictions have had on activity levels, but also the togetherness football gives us regardless of our role within the sport.

              The long-term legacy ambitions will unlock the game for more women and girls across host cities and beyond with equal access for all girls to play football in school, alongside a diverse workforce of coaches, referees and local leaders delivering and organising football for their communities. Our vision will ensure inclusive, safe and welcoming environments for every woman and girl to play competitive or recreational grassroots football – irrespective of ability, age or ambition.

              This ambitious legacy programme could not be possible without the ongoing commitment of our host cities, councils and supporting organisations and I would like to thank them for all their hard work to date.”

              Although all are planning for full stadiums in summer 2022, a robust refund policy will be in place if fixtures are postponed, cancelled, have reduced capacity or a change of venue is introduced due to COVID.

              A ticket resale platform will be available in 2022 for ticket holders to use and re-sell their tickets at face value pre-tournament to another fan. More will be communicated in the coming months.

              Click HERE for more information on girls football provided in Rotherham or email participation@rotherhamunited.net

            • GALLERY | Ramadan Tournament at Parkgate Astro

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              Over the weekend of Saturday the 15th May and Sunday the 16th May, RUCST held a 5-a-side Football Tournament in order to celebrate the end of Ramadan at Parkgate Astro.

              The tournament proved to be a massive hit despite the dismal weather, with over 70 people and 10 teams from many different areas of Rotherham participating.

              RUCST would like to thank all teams involved in the tournament, with a shout out to Eagle FC who were the brave runners-up on Sunday.

              Congratulations to our winning team Akhis, who won the final on penalties after a nail-biting 3-3 draw at full time!

            • RUCST | Job vacancy – Casual Sports Coach (Evening & Weekends)

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              Rotherham United Community Sports Trust are seeking to appoint an enthusiastic, charismatic and dedicated individual to join our coaching team – This role mainly requires the individual(s) to work evening and weekends.

              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.

              Job Role:  Casual Sports Coach (Evening & Weekends)
              Hours:  0 Hours, Casual
              Salary: £10 per hour, inclusive of holiday pay.

              How to apply:
              Download Job Description here

              Closing date: 28th of May 2021, 12noon. 
              Interview date: TBC

              Please send a copy of your CV to jobs@rotherhamunited.net, if you require any more information please contact Jamie, Head of Community at Jnoble@rotherhamunited.net.

              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. Employment is subject to the provision of proof of eligibility to work in the UK.

              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.

              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.

              Equal Opportunities

            • NEWS | RUCST partner with Places Leisure to launch Mini Millers Rotherham

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              Rotherham United Community Sports Trust are delighted to announce that they will be working as an exclusive partner with Places Leisure to provide high quality football and sports activities in Rotherham’s first class leisure venues.

              The club has always had great links with Places Leisure with the first team regularly using the facilities including the swimming pools and spinning rooms, and now the Trust will be working in partnership with Places Leisure for a number of years by expanding this partnership further to provide more opportunities for children and families in Rotherham.

              Mini Millers is the youngest element to the Future Stars Talent Pathway and is linked by the Trust to the Rotherham United Academy and aims to start children from just 18 months old learning the FUNdamental’s of good physical activity and football skills using the Rotherham United philosophy which is the golden thread through our footballing offer.

              Rotherham United Academy now has 30% of their intake from 8 years old who have come through the Future Stars pathway and this continues to grow term on term.

              Currently Mini Millers and Future Stars is ran from Parkgate Astro, Rawmarsh and the AESSEAL New York Stadium and now the link with Places Leisure offers more weekly football sessions in the Town indoors to ensure the weather is never a factor.

              Head of Community Jamie Noble said: “It is more important than ever to offer these additional Future Stars and Mini Millers sessions due to impact of Covid. We are passionate about wanting to get people active and enjoying sport again.”

              “Since returning to play we have been inundated with parents wanting their children to get involved in football with the Millers and after having conversations for over a year now is the time to expand our football offer using the great partnership we have with Mark Rawding and Emily Newman. The Facilities they provide are some of the best in the town and as the towns professional club we want to make sure we are using the best facilities and the centres at Maltby, Aston and soon to be the Town Centre are ideal. “

              Football Development Coach Adam Pilgrim said: “I’m delighted that we have the opportunity to be able to expand our programme in partnership with Places Leisure. I’m sure this partnership will have a really positive impact in our community as we continue to get as many young people as possible engaging in sport again after a difficult year. All of the coaching team are keen to get out around Rotherham providing quality sessions where the kids can play the best game in the world with a smile on their faces. We are all UEFA B licensed coaches and we know how important it is to get the FUNdamentals right.”

              Places Leisure have operated in the town for many years and are extremely passionate about helping local communities stay physically active and emotionally engaged in fitness, sport and wellbeing.

              Mark Rawding Contract Manager for Places Leisure said: “We are thrilled to be supporting the mini millers sessions within our facilities, working in partnership with Rotherham United Community Sports Trust to help engage with local communities in delivering physical activity sessions for young people”

              Mini Millers sessions will now take place on:

              • Mondays at Maltby Leisure centre from 09:30-10:30 for children aged 18 months-3 years old
              • Thursdays at the New York Stadium from 09:30-10:30 for children aged 18 months-3 years old, with a later session at 16:00-17:00 for 2-4 year olds.
              • Saturdays at Parkgate Astro from 09:00-10:00 for 2-4 year olds.
              • Sundays at Aston Leisure Centre from 09:00-10:00 for 2-4 year olds.

              Future stars mixed sessions will take place on:

              • Wednesdays at Parkgate Astro from 6pm-7pm for ages 15-16 years.
              • Fridays at Parkgate Astro from 4:45pm-5:45pm for ages 5-8 years.
              • Saturdays at Parkgate Astro from 9am-10am for ages 5-9 years, with a later session at 10am-11am for 10-13 years.
              • Sundays at Aston Leisure Centre from 10am-11am for ages 5-7.

              Future Stars GIRLS sessions will take place on:

              • Mondays at Parkgate Astro from 6pm-7pm for ages 5-11 years.
              • Wednesdays at Wickersley School from 6pm-7pm for ages 12-14 years.
              • Wednesdays at Parkgate Astro from 6pm-7pm for ages 15-16 years.
              • Sundays at Aston Leisure Centre from 11am-12pm for ages 5-11 years.

              To book online, click HERE.

              For more information, email apilgrim@rotherhamunited.net

            • NEWS | RUCST’s Spring Bank Holiday camps return

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              This spring bank holiday we are running our two camps; Future Stars Football camp at Wickersley School and Holiday Hunger Multi-sports camp at Parkgate Astro.

              Future Stars Football Camp

              Our Future Stars football camp is for boys and girls aged 5-14. This camp is for children of any ability level, and the camp includes training sessions, fun games and competitions that are all delivered by our fantastic UEFA qualified coaches.

              This camp will take place from 10am-3pm on Tuesday 1st June- Friday 4th June at Wickersley School.

              This camp costs £15 per day, or £50 for the week. Click HERE to book online.

              Holiday Hunger FREE Multi-sports Camp

              This is a FREE multi-sports camp for any children aged 8-16 who require support with food and activity over the spring holiday period.

              This camp is part of the Holiday Hunger campaign, and includes a free hot meal. 

              This camp will take place from 10am-3pm on Tuesday 1st June- Friday 4th June at Parkgate Astro.

              Click HERE to book online.

              Bookings close on Friday 21st May, so book now to avoid disappointment!

              For more information, email participation@rotherhamunited.net or call 01709 827767.

            • NEWS | RUCST celebrate Football Welcomes month with an inclusive match at Parkgate Astro

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              Rotherham United Community Sports Trust celebrated Amnesty International’s ‘Football Welcomes’ month in April with an inclusive ‘United 4 Communities’ football match at Parkgate Astro.

              Football Welcomes month celebrated the contribution that refugees and asylum seekers make to football within communities in the UK. Football can give people a sense of belonging, and this is incredibly important for those who have had to flee conflict and persecution.

              RUCST organised a friendly 9v9 football match at Parkgate Astro, with the teams made up of our regular attendees to our United 4 Communities sessions, some RUCST staff and a few participants from our mental health sessions.

              This friendly match enabled us to celebrate the diverse communities that can be brought together through the universal love of football within Rotherham.

              As a club and a community, we all have a role to play in showing solidarity with people who have had to flee their homes and rebuild their lives in another country.

              Inclusion manager Trudi Race said:

              “For a long time now the Trust has supported refugees and asylum seekers through fitness and football related activities and we have witnessed first-hand the benefits that this can bring to the whole family, not just the players. Today has been a great event, promoting cohesion and inclusivity which is at the forefront of our values”.

            • NEWS | NCS grads ‘Box Of Kindness’ project puts smiles on vulnerable faces

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              As part of their social action project, some of our NCS graduates worked with a charity called REMA to create some small boxes that were filled with items to send out to people in the community to spread positivity and encourage cohesion within the community. These boxes were donated to vulnerable and isolated people across many different areas of the community.

              A group of around 8/10 NCS Graduates (aged 16-18) put together a few different items for the boxes such as quizzes, letters, games, playlists and crafts. RUCST received some funding from the Legacy Fund from NCS Trust that helped us to buy small items such as note pads, packs of cards, colouring pencils, puzzle and colouring books and craft items for the young people to make items for the boxes.

              We are delighted to see our social action project put smiles on so many faces in what has been such a tough and trying year. Well done to our NCS grads!

            • JOB VACANCY | Diverse Communities Engagement Officer (2 posts available)

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              Rotherham United are seeking to appoint an Innovative and charismatic person to work within its expanding Community Sports Trust with a specific focus on engaging with Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic residents.

              The Covid-19 pandemic has both highlighted and exacerbated the inequalities faced by Black, Asian and minority ethnic communities. We are looking for a Diverse Communities Engagement Officer who has experience in community engagement and who can plan and deliver a diverse range of activities that will support Black, Asian and minority ethnic adults 19+ (and their families) to move closer to employment and/or improve physical and mental wellbeing.

              This person will have a passion for equality and will contribute to ensuring the Trust is inclusive, diverse and promoting cohesion in all aspects of our work. 

              Job Role:  Diverse Communities Engagement Officer (2 positions available)
              Hours:  15 hours per week
              Salary: £21,000.00 (FTE)

              How to apply:
              Download application form here
              Download Job Description here

              Closing date: 28th of May 2021, 12noon. 
              Interview date: TBC

              Please send a copy of your job application to jobs@rotherhamunited.net, if you require any more information please contact Jamie, Head of Community at Jnoble@rotherhamunited.net.

              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. Employment is subject to the provision of proof of eligibility to work in the UK.

              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.

              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.

              Equal Opportunities

            • NEWS | Miller Bear shows support for Beat the Street launch day

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              Rotherham United Community Sports Trust celebrated the ‘Beat the Street’ launch day by surprising Thrybergh Fullerton primary school with a special guest appearance from the Millers mascot Miller Bear.

              https://twitter.com/RU_CST/status/1382262183963336706

              Beat the Street is a fun, free challenge that will see schools, businesses and community groups around Rotherham compete against each other to see who can walk, run, cycle, scoot or roll the furthest in six weeks.

              This initiative is a healthy, fun and easy way to raise the awareness of your club or group whilst exploring new areas in the community at the same time.

              To track your journey and score points for your team, all you have to do is tap your fob on the sensors called ‘Beat Boxes’ that will be placed on lampposts and street furniture across Rotherham. Players will be issued with a map of where these ‘Beat Boxes’ will be placed, and children will be issued fobs through their schools, or from our club shop here at the Aesseal New York Stadium.

              RUCST’s Head of Community Jamie Noble said:

              “Rotherham United is delighted to be supporting the Beat the Street initiative. Given the last year it’s really important to encourage children and families to get out and about in a safe and healthy way. The boxes are positioned to enable people to stay local but get out of the house and have a bit of fun as a family. I personally am signed up with my two children and have already been able to visit a few of the boxes in my neighbourhood and we are really looking forward to finding more.”  

              Beat the Street is a covid-safe game, as it is played outdoors and is low-risk, contactless and easy to play whilst adhering to social distancing guidelines.

              At the end of the six weeks, the winning teams will receive vouchers worth up to £150.

              Beat the Street will run from April 14th to the end of May. For more information on how to register your organisation or club go to https://www.beatthestreet.me/rotherham/ or email team.rotherham@beatthestreet.me

            • NEWS | Future Stars return

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              We are delighted to announce the return of our Future Stars provision after a period of absence due to covid restrictions. We will be picking up where we left off, with an abundance of new sessions catering for Mini Millers, Girls only, Open sessions and squads.

              The Future Stars sessions give children from as young as 18 months the opportunity to come and learn new football skills in a fun and safe environment, for the younger participants it gives them a chance to be introduced to football and play new games with their parents whilst also interacting with other children but For the older participants, it gives them a chance to build their skills whilst learning about competitions and making new friends.

              These sessions are designed to be accessible to children of all abilities and include a special skills week where children will be able to take on different challenges in order to gain different levels in that particular area, we will then work through a structured program to help the children move up and progress through the different levels, this will become an integral part of the 10 week program as we feel it is important that the children get some recognition for the hard work they put in to learn new skills.

              The full list of sessions available can be found below;

              Future Stars Girls, Mondays 6pm (Ages 5-11) CLICK HERE – PGA
              Mini Millers, Thursdays 9:30am (Ages 18months-3) CLICK HERE – NYS
              Mini Millers, Thursdays 10:45am (Ages 18months-3) CLICK HERE – NYS
              Future Stars, Fridays 4:45pm (Ages 5-8) CLICK HERE – PGA
              Mini Millers, Saturdays 9am (Ages 2-4) CLICK HERE – PGA
              Future Stars, Saturdays 9am (Ages 5-9) CLICK HERE – PGA
              Future Stars, Saturdays 10am (10-13) CLICK HERE – PGA

              If you would like to find out more information, please contact Adam Pilgrim on 01709827767 or apilgrim@rotherhamunited.net.

            • NEWS | Millers memorabilia sparks happy memories for elderly fan

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              A Rotherham United fan who first saw a match over seven decades ago got a surprise when her care home received a box of Millers memorabilia.

              Ann Edwards, 84, was delighted to rifle through the RUFC emblazoned mementoes when they arrived at Broadacres Care Home, on Naylor Street, Parkgate, Rotherham.

              Rotherham United Community Sports Trust sent the box as part of their “Tackling Loneliness Together” campaign – aimed at supporting over-70s to reduce or end their feelings of loneliness.

              The memorabilia box contained a 2021 calendar, mug, pen, and jersey, which Ann was quick to don when she found it. She said: “Oh I say, isn’t that marvellous.” The box sparked many fond memories for Ann, who recalled meeting her friends at Millmoor every week on matchday when she was a teenager.

              https://twitter.com/RU_CST/status/1382656781407678465

              She said: “Going to the see the matches with my friends are some of my happiest memories. Up the Millers, we would shout. Sometimes, after the matches, we would go round the back of the stadium and chat with the players.


              As part of the campaign, the RUFC Community Sports Trust is arranging for a first team player to give Ann a video call at the home.


              Emma Schofield, health and wellbeing manager at Rotherham United Community Sports Trust, said: “Working on the EFL Trust’s Tackling Loneliness Together programme over the last eight months has been a true privilege. Being able to offer friendship, support and someone to lean on to those who are lonely or isolated is one of the most important roles we have taken on at the Trust. For people like Ann, the mention of Rotherham United sparks so many happy memories that clearly lift her spirit and take her through emotions of happiness and excitement.

              “The opportunity to speak with a first team player is always something that excites fans and we hope it is something Ann will be telling people about for weeks afterwards. We also hope that each time Ann drinks from her mug, uses her pen, or wears her shirt, it will be an opportunity to spark those memories and happy emotions. In the words of Ann, up the Millers!”


              Lindsey Grady, home manager at Broadacres Care Home, said: “We’d like to say a big thank you to the Rotherham United Community Sports Trust for sending the memorabilia box. Ann was absolutely delighted to look through the items and put on the shirt. It sparked many happy memories for her, from her younger years attending games with her friends. We’re all very much looking forward to the call from the first team player. We can’t wait to see who it will be.”

              For more information on RUCST’s Tackling Loneliness campaign, click HERE or email health@rotherhamunited.net

            • NEWS | Youth and Employability Hub proves to be successful in March

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              Rotherham United Community Sports Trust’s new Youth, community and Employability Hub has successfully provided 193 young people with vital employability skills in March 2021.

              The Youth Hub was launched in partnership with the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP), with the aim to help improve employment outcomes and prospects for unemployed individuals and groups who face complex barriers to work. The Youth Hub at the AESSEAL New York stadium was created as part of the UK Government’s 2021 £30bn plan for jobs.

              RUCST’s Youth and Employability Hub has helped to secure a huge total of 54 new jobs for local young people. We have also successfully delivered 193 action plans that have enabled young people aged 19-24 to create a clear career plan, giving them motivation to find a way forward.  

              These action plans were produced specifically to the needs of each young person, taking into consideration their health and wellbeing, transport access and any potential financial issues that they may face.

              Support from RUCST’s Youth Hub included help with writing CV’s, practice mock interviews, referrals for courses, voluntary work, referrals to business start-ups and apprenticeships (including Kickstart). RUCST also sent out a fortnightly newsletter to 264 young people to provide them up to date information with the provision and opportunities that were available for them to access through the DWP. RUCST also assisted young people to access other local providers in Rotherham.

              The DWP has stated that they have been incredibly pleased with the achievements of the Youth Hub in Rotherham, and are sharing this good practice with other hubs in Doncaster and Sheffield.

              RUCST’s Employability officer Sandra Greatorex said: “In the last 3 months we have been extremely busy contacting young people that needed help and support to get into employment. Each individual was a pleasure to work with, and we had brilliant experiences with finding out about their amazing aspirations for their future. We’ve worked hard to support these local young people, and it is extremely rewarding when we find out they’ve been successful and got a job”.

              This brilliant work will be continued, as RUCST will be launching ‘Career One Stop’ in May, where local young people can meet up and obtain further support from different local providers to help them to progress into employment.

            • JOB VACANCY | Inclusion & Diversity Officer

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              Rotherham United are seeking to appoint an enthusiastic, charismatic and dedicated person to work within its expanding Community Sports Trust with a specific focus on engaging with Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic residents.

              The Covid-19 pandemic has both highlighted and exacerbated the inequalities faced by Black and Minority Ethnic communities. We are looking for a Inclusion & Diversity Officer who has experience in community engagement and who can manage and coordinate a diverse range of activities that will support Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic adults 19+ to move closer to employment and/or improve physical and mental wellbeing.

              This is a new position and reflects the Trusts commitment to building a fairer and more representative organisation which offers accessible and culturally relevant provision across our communities.

              This person will have a passion for equality and will contribute to ensuring the Trust is inclusive, diverse and promoting cohesion in all aspects of our work. 

              Job Role:  Inclusion & Diversity Officer
              Hours:  37.5 hours per week
              Salary: £21,000.00-23,000.00
              Contract: 12 month fixed term

              How to apply:
              Download application form here 
              Download Job Description here

              Closing date: 16th of April 2021, 12noon. 
              Interview date: TBC

              Please send a copy of your job application to jobs@rotherhamunited.net, if you require any more information please contact Jamie, Head of Community at Jnoble@rotherhamunited.net.

              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. Employment is subject to the provision of proof of eligibility to work in the UK.

              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.

              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.

              Equal Opportunities

            • JOB VACANCY | Vocational Education Officer

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              Rotherham United are seeking to appoint a highly motivated and passionate Vocational Education Officer to work within its expanding Community Sports Trust.

              In response to the emerging challenges that our community faces as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, the Trust are looking to recruit a Vocational Education Officer to coordinate and deliver a range of employability programmes in partnership with the English Football League Trust and the DWP. This role has been developed to help people within Rotherham access support and training to secure employment opportunities or reskill for alternative careers.

              This person will be passionate about supporting people in their journey into employment through further education. The programmes will provide an opportunity for unemployed people in Rotherham to access training and work experience to enable them to gain the skills and confidence to gain employment. The post holder will therefore have a broad range of experience in building relationships with individuals from a range of backgrounds, alongside an ability to build and maintain relationships with employers.

              Job Role:  Vocational Education Officer
              Hours:  37.5 hours per week
              Salary: £21,000.00-23,000.00
              Contract: Permanent subject to annual targets

              How to apply:
              Download application form here 
              Download Job Description here

              Closing date: 23rd of April 2021, 12noon. 
              Interview date: TBC

              Please send a copy of your job application to jobs@rotherhamunited.net, if you require any more information please contact James, Education Manager at Jmahoney@rotherhamunited.net.

              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. Employment is subject to the provision of proof of eligibility to work in the UK.

              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.

              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.

              Equal Opportunities

            • GIRLS FOOTBALL | ‘Weetabix Wildcats’ sessions launched with RUCST

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              Is your daughter aged 5-11 and interested in playing football in a fun and friendly environment? If so, look no further! Weetabix Wildcats is the place to be.

              These sessions are all about making new friends and trying something new in a sociable, non-competitive environment. Weetabix Wildcats is designed for girls who want to give football a go for the very first time or want to play with other girls their own age. Most importantly, Weetabix Wildcats is all about having loads of fun and meeting new friends.

              To book on to our first session on Wednesday 14th April, click here or email mwhite@rotherhamunited.net . The session will run from 6pm-7pm at Ruby Cook Recreation Ground, Flanderwell Lane, S66 4DL.

            • NEWS | Mature Millers receive extra funding in aim to combat social isolation

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              The Mature Millers Walking Football Association are delighted to have received £5000 from South
              Yorkshire’s Community Foundation to allow them to support current and new older adults in getting
              active and reducing social isolation.


              The Mature Millers Walking Football Association will use the money to meet twice per week for a
              game of walking football followed by the chance for a coffee and a good catch up. The sessions are
              open to those aged 50+ and are a great way to continue your love of the beautiful game.


              Whilst the game is a little slower than regular football, don’t be fooled by the term ‘walking
              football’. The players still get quite a sweat on and it’s certainly a chance for your team spirit and
              competitive side to shine through. With separate sessions for males and females the project will give
              the opportunity for people to continue playing football, return to the game, or even give it a go for
              the first time.

              Session details can be seen below:
              Male
              Mondays
              11.45am-12.45pm
              Parkgate Astro
              Starting Monday 12th April


              Female
              Thursdays
              6.00pm-7.00pm
              Parkgate Astro
              Starting 15th April

              More sessions to be added in May 2021.


              Club Secretary Chris Baker said:
              “At the Mature Miller’s WFC we are so grateful to the SYCF and the financial contributors for helping
              us continue and grow the walking football community. The mental and physical benefits are
              immense, so get up from your sofa and join us!”.


              What are you waiting for? To book a place contact health@rotherhamunited.net or call 01709
              827767.

            • NEWS | Limited places remaining for summer return of Fit Millers programme

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              Rotherham United Community Sports Trust are once again providing supporters with a platform to get healthy ahead of the summer through their popular Fit Millers programme which begins again in May.

              Are you aged 35-65 and want to tackle your weight? Make a change in the company of like-minded Millers this summer by enrolling for a 13-week fitness journey this May as part of our Fit Millers programme – all whilst doing so at the club’s home at AESSEAL New York Stadium!

              The club will be running programmes for both men and women this year which kick off on 20th May and 17th May respectively and still have limited places available should you wish to sign up.

              The project is derived from the EFL’s Fit Fans initiative and uses interest in football to attract adults aged 35-65 to a 13-week healthy lifestyle multi component programme delivered by coaching staff at their local professional football club charity.

              Lockdown has been tough for us all and you won’t be the only one who has put on a few extra pounds throughout the last 12 months, however, Fit Millers will bring together others in a similar situation and those looking to generally just get fitter.

              The programme aims to help football fans achieve significant long-term improvements in weight loss, physical activity, diet and psychological wellbeing.

              The men’s programme gets under way on Thursday 20th May 2021 with sessions running from 6pm until 7:30pm, whilst the women’s kicks off on Monday 17th May 2021 and also runs from 6pm until 7:30pm.

              If you are interested and would like to sign up please email fitmillers@rotherhamunited.net or health@rotherhamunited.net

              Places are free to and are available on a first-come-first-served basis.

              Rotherham United Community Sports Trust’s Health Co-ordinator Ryan Canadine explained that he is looking forward to welcoming physical groups back to AESSEAL New York Stadium and the opportunity to bring people together with a common goal of getting fitter this summer.

              Ryan said: “It will be fantastic to see groups of both men and women back together for the latest Fit Millers programme”.  

              “Whether you’re looking to shift a bit of lockdown weight or generally just improve your overall health and wellbeing, Fit Millers provides a comfortable and positive social environment to do just that. 

              “We are all here with the common goal of improving our mental and physical wellbeing and the togetherness that has come about as a result of these groups in the past has really helped individuals within them to push on and achieve their targets. 

              “The groups have already proven to be incredibly popular again this year and whilst we do have places left, they are limited, so if you want to join us in May, make sure you get your names down at the earliest possible opportunity. 

              “I look forward to meeting participants new and old this summer as we look towards returning to a more ‘normal’ way of life.” 

            • NEWS | RUCST recruit young people through the Kickstart Scheme

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              Rotherham United Community Sports Trust  (RUCST) take advantage of the governments Kickstart Scheme in partnership with the English Football League Trust and Job Centre Plus.

              RUCST first recruit, Laura has started her Kickstart journey this week, joining the team as an Administration Assistant.

              Laura Boulding is 22 years old, last year she completed a 3 year degree studying photography and media. Progressing into employment, she began her role as a Care Worker, providing personal and domestic care within her community. Despite extremely enjoying it, she left after 3 months due to instability in the pay. From this role she ended up unemployed for 6 months.  She was referred by her Work Coach to Sandra Greatorex, Employability & Skills Officer at Rotherham United CST to undertake an Information, Advice & Guidance session and produce an action plan. This helped with different resources and made her think of different outlets e.g. volunteering. Creating an action plan also provided a clear focus for the meetings with her Work Coach. Laura was made aware by her Work Coach of the Kickstart vacancy at Rotherham United CST as an Administration Assistant. She had mixed emotions of nervousness and excitement once an interview was offered as she really wanted the job. This would enable Laura to gain the experience she required to progress her career in an office environment. Laura was successful, despite having no previous experience within administration. Two weeks later she started her new employment.

              Gary Bricknell, Operations Manager at RUCST said “We are delighted to have appointed Laura through our Kickstart Scheme, She has various transferable skills that will provide the trust with much needed support over the next 6 months. Laura will hopefully be the first of many young people we support through this initiative”.

              If you require any more information, please contact community@rotherhamunited.net or 01709827767.

            • JOB VACANCY | Diverse Communities Engagement Officer

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              Rotherham United are seeking to appoint an Innovative and charismatic person to work within its expanding Community Sports Trust with a specific focus on engaging with Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic residents.

              The Covid-19 pandemic has both highlighted and exacerbated the inequalities faced by Black, Asian and minority ethnic communities. We are looking for a Diverse Communities Engagement Officer who has experience in community engagement and who can plan and deliver a diverse range of activities that will support Black, Asian and minority ethnic adults 19+ (and their families) to move closer to employment and/or improve physical and mental wellbeing.

              This person will have a passion for equality and will contribute to ensuring the Trust is inclusive, diverse and promoting cohesion in all aspects of our work. 

              Job Role:  Diverse Communities Engagement Officer
              Hours:  37.5 hours per week
              Salary: £21,000.00

              How to apply:
              Download application form here
              Download Job Description here

              Closing date: 9th of April 2021, 12noon. 
              Interview date: TBC

              Please send a copy of your job application to jobs@rotherhamunited.net, if you require any more information please contact Jamie, Head of Community at Jnoble@rotherhamunited.net.

              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. Employment is subject to the provision of proof of eligibility to work in the UK.

              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.

              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.

              Equal Opportunities

            • NEWS | Joe Mattock speaks to Greasbrough Primary students as part of the Primary Stars initiative

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              Rotherham United Community Sports Trust have supported Greasbrough primary school by hosting a sports day in order to raise funds for their school.

              The Trust were able to support the school with their fundraising efforts through the Premier League Primary Stars Sports day Programme. 

              In preparation for the sports day, Rotherham United defender Joe Mattock spoke to the pupils via zoom in order to offer tips on how to stay motivated and be the best version of themselves. He answered lots of questions prepared by the pupils about football, fitness, training and achieving their goals.

              The pupils had collected sponsorship prior to the day in order to take part in an obstacle course challenge delivered by RUCST coaches Ben Bagshaw and Jordan Mayor. All the money raised is set to go towards building an outdoor classroom, which will allow the pupils to continue to access top quality learning in a safe environment.

              A Greasbrough Primary teacher said:

              “The children thoroughly loved talking to Joe Mattock and asking questions. Jordan and Ben were stars helping us out today with the obstacle course too. Thank you for your support. It has been nice to have support back in school from the community.”

              If you’d like to get your school involved in similar projects, don’t hesitate to contact participation@rotherhamunited.net or visit our website www.rucst.co.uk for further information.

            • NEWS | Warne shows his support for EFL’s You Vs Train Campaign

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              Rotherham United are proud to partner with the EFL trust and Network Rail to deliver the You Vs Train project for the second year running.

              The aim of this project is to raise awareness about the dangers of trespassing on railways, and how we can reduce the likelihood of any future trespassing.  

              RUCST are working directly with young people in the community in order to encourage young people to understand the dangers of the railway and the risks that they pose to themselves, their friends and their families when they step on a track.

              Rotherham United’s manager Paul Warne encourages local young people to “spread the word” in order to discourage railway trespassing. “Every year thousands of people risk their lives by stepping on the train tracks, and unfortunately these have increased during lockdown.”

              Over the last 12 months, RUCST have delivered 500 face to face awareness sessions at our partnered schools and RUCST holiday camps. We have also supplemented this learning with weekly support, reminders and activities on social media.

              Remember, everyone loses when you step on the track.

            • PARTICIPATION | Get your School active with RUCST

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              Our sports participation department at RUCST are on a mission to increase the participation in football, sport and physical activity in schools across Rotherham.

              At RUCST, we are committed to working with children from an early age to ensure they have the opportunity to experience a range of sports and physical activities which will set them up for a longer, healthier and happier life. 

              We are passionate about helping children to create positive physical activity habits that they will carry with them into adulthood.

              Here are some of the projects we run that your school can get involved with:

              Premier League Primary Stars

              This project uses the appeal of the Premier League and professional football clubs such as RUFC in order to inspire children to learn, be active and to develop important life skills.

              Premier League Primary Stars is designed to appeal to and benefit both boys and girls from year one to six in primary schools, with age appropriate resources mapped to the national curriculum.

              Primary Stars is available to every Primary School in England and Wales, and it provides free digital resources to cover subjects from maths and English to teamwork and sport.

              School competitions range from football tournaments to reading challenges; and club delivery includes support to improve teachers’ confidence in delivering PE sessions. Premier League values underpin everything on offer, encouraging children to be ambitious, inspiring, connected and fair.

              Joy of Moving Programme

              The aim of this programme is to ‘increase movement among children across the world’.

              The Joy of Moving Programme is a key component of the Ferrero CSR programme, which has enabled us at RUCST to deliver FREE Sport and Health sessions to year 5 + 6 pupils to over 30 primary schools across Rotherham.

              The project aims to deliver key health messages to pupils in preparation for their transition to secondary school. These messages help to provide them with a wealth of knowledge around nutrition/healthy eating, the human body, general health, sport and exercise and the importance of hydration.

              If you are interested in any of the programmes listed above, or require more information on how to make bookings, don’t hesitate to contact us at participation@rotherhamunited.net or visit our website www.rucst.co.uk .

              A successful PE session from James Marsh at Thrybergh Fullerton

              Mr Wheeler from Thrybergh Fullerton Primary School said:

              This year has been a much more challenging year for PE in schools and the offer of virtual lessons from RUCST was very welcome as it offered a bit of variety for our children rather than the same teacher voice they had been listening to for weeks!

              The teachers whose classes accessed these online sessions were all impressed with the manner and professionalism of the delivery and engagement from the members of staff at RUCST.

              Each teacher praised the manner that James Marsh (School Sport Co-ordinator at RUCST) had with the children, and they expressed how engaging and fun the sessions were for their pupils.

              James Marsh’s team spirit and flexibility shone through with his fun and engaging sessions to meet the children’s needs displayed how he is an absolute credit to the organisation he represents. He has built up a brilliant relationship with the staff and students of the school.

              one of our virtual lessons with Thrybergh Fullerton Primary School

            • NEWS | RUCST’s Easter Holiday Camps return

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              Join us down at Parkgate Astro or Wickersley School for the return of our face-to-face Easter holiday camps!

              We are running two camps this Easter; Future Stars Football Camp and Holiday Hunger Multi-Sports camp.

              Future Stars Football Camp

              Our Future Stars football camp includes training sessions, fun games and competitions for children of any ability level.

              This camp will take place at Wickersley School from 9am – 4pm. Week 1 runs from Monday the 29th of March to Thursday the 1st of April and week 2 will run from Tuesday the 6th to Friday the 9th of April.

              This camp is for children aged between 5 and 14 years.

              Click HERE to register your interest

              Holiday Hunger Multi-Sports Camp

              This is a FREE multi-sports camp for any children aged 8-16 who receive free school meals.

              This camp will take place at Parkgate Astro from 9am – 4pm. Week 1 of this camp will also take place from Monday the 29th March – Thursday 1st April and week 2 will run from Tuesday the 5th – Friday the 9th April.

              Emma Schofield, Health and Wellbeing Manager at RUCST said:

              We know how much children and young people across the community look forward to attending our holiday camps and we are extremely excited to get back to our face-to-face delivery.  After such a fantastic response to our Christmas and half-term camps it was important that we continued to offer the option to get active and have fun as well as the support with fresh, healthy food during the school holidays.”

              Click HERE to register your interest

              For more information email participation@rotherhamunited.net or call 01709 827767

            • NEWS | Virtual Player Hangouts postponed due to Covid-19 outbreak

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              It is with huge regret that this week’s Virtual Player Hangout will be postponed due to the Covid-19 infections within the first team bubble.

              As a club, we are committed to utilising our players for our fans’ benefit, but at this time the players’ health, safety and wellbeing comes first as they isolate and recover from the virus.

              The Virtual Player hangouts will continue as normal in the following weeks upon the completion of their isolation periods.

            • HEALTH | No Smoking Day: Quitting Doesn’t Have to be Stressful with Fit Millers

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              On No Smoking day 2021, why not sign up to Fit Millers to take control of your physical and mental wellbeing and make positive lifestyle changes with us at RUCST. 

              Stopping smoking is one of the single biggest decisions you can make to living a healthier life. You can quit smoking at any time and even if you’ve smoked all your life, you will see significant improvements to your health within 48 hours of quitting. No Smoking day is on the 10th of March this year. 

              Fit Millers can provide support for quitters who are concerned about putting on weight after quitting, or for motivated people who want to change their lifestyles. This campaign can provide you with lifestyle advice and our partners at Get Healthy Rotherham can offer further support to help people in the community stop smoking. 

              At Fit Millers each week we work through 45 minutes of discussion topics on lifestyle changes such as healthy eating, activity levels, hydration and alcohol consumption followed by 45 minutes of physical activity. The activity sessions are tailored to those new to exercise, or those who have been out of the swing of things for a while. 

              All of us have less control over our lives than we’d like at the moment, but why not begin to take some positive control on No Smoking Day. Smokers- cease this opportunity to look forward to happier, smokefree future! 

              Make the first step of your quitting journey by clicking here: https://www.nhs.uk/better-health/quit-smoking/  

              Click here to register your interest in Fit Millers: https://www.rucst.co.uk/health-wellbeing/fit-millers/  

            • NEWS | Women’s Football- ‘Have Your Say, Play Your Way’

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              If you are female, aged 16 and above and live in the areas of Sheffield & Rotherham, Sheffield FA (SHCFA) invites you to ‘Have Your Say, Play Your Way’. To do this, they are asking you to take part in a survey: https://bit.ly/3kIhNdW and possibly a conversation with them around what your perfect activity or football session would look like.

              With SHCFA’s recent announcement of a newly appointed Women’s Recreational Football Officer comes an exciting opportunity to build up the foundations of female recreational football in the area. They are looking to support existing football sessions to help get more people involved, as well as work with the community to create sessions that females want to take part in.

              The key to making that happen is being able to hear the voices of the community and the females that would be taking part in the sessions. To do this SHCFA have created; ‘Have Your Say, Play Your Way’, and over the next month will be working with partners, the community and using social media to spread the word about the consultation that they’re doing.

              By taking part in the survey you are increasing the likelihood that there will be a session put on near you, that works for you and is essentially ‘your perfect session’. You will also be in with the chance to win £50 worth of vouchers for a store/s of your choice.

              You can find the survey here: https://bit.ly/3kIhNdW and we ask that you share it with your female friends, family and colleagues so that we can really reach a variety of different women.

              https://twitter.com/RU_CST/status/1369223310379221002

              If you would be interested in leading a recreational session or joining a current session, please get in touch with Sara on Sara.Harnett@SheffieldFA.com or 07805 683784.

            • NEWS | RUCST distribute 200 free books to local school pupils to celebrate World Book Day

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              Rotherham United Community Sports Trust have given 200 free, brand new books to 4 primary schools in their local area to support young readers as part of an exciting partnership between the Premier League and the National Literacy Trust to celebrate World Book Day. In total, nearly 25,000 free books will be given away to children who need them most.

              Pupils taking part in the Premier League Primary Stars education programme, delivered by professional football club community organisations across England and Wales, will each receive a free copy of Football School: 20 Fantastic Football Stories. The book, by authors Alex Bellos and Ben Lyttleton, is also a £1 World Book Day title.

              National Literacy Trust research has found that children who have their own books are nearly three times more likely to enjoy reading. The partnership will help support children whose access to physical books has been made difficult due to school and public library closures during the national lockdown.

              RUCST’s Participation Manager Emma Schofield said: “Reading is such a key skill, its something we do countless times a day, often without even realising we are doing it.  It’s also a great way to escape and experience fun and adventure. Being able to get lost in a book is especially important at the moment when we don’t have many other options. We hope that pupils across Rotherham had a fab time taking part in this mornings online quiz and we cant wait to hear about the stories you will be reading in your new books.”

              To further support pupils on World Book Day, the National Literacy Trust will host a fun-filled Premier League Primary Stars Facebook Live event, featuring the authors of the Football School title being distributed, Alex Bellos and Ben Lyttleton. The one-hour event will include a quiz featuring a special round of questions set by players from the Premier League, the EFL and the Women’s Super League.

              Jim Sells, Sport and Literacy Programme Manager at the National Literacy Trust said: “World Book Day promotes reading for pleasure to improve all children’s life chances, and we are so pleased to support the charity behind the initiative. We know that children who have books at home do better in school, so we are delighted to be able to distribute such an incredible number of books to schools across the country with the help of the community organisations. I’d also like to thank our partners at Walker Books and the Morrisons Foundation for making this possible.”

              “I’m also very excited for the Facebook Live event with Kenzie Benali, Ben Lyttleton and Alex Bellos, three brilliantly energetic personalities who inspire children to get into reading through their love of football.”

              For more information, follow RUCST on social media or email participation@rotherhamunited.net

            • NEWS | Win a signed RUFC shirt by completing the ‘More than Just Football’ survey

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              Take five minutes out of your day to be in with a chance of winning a signed home or away RUFC shirt! 

              One signed home shirt and one signed away shirt are up for grabs for two lucky millers fans; all you have to do to enter is fill in the ‘More than Just Football’ survey by clicking HERE.  

              This survey asks a few questions about physical activity and football. It doesn’t matter whether you’re a football fanatic or if you feel like you don’t have time for physical activity at all- we welcome responses from everyone! We are eager to hear from a range of voices in the community including yours!  

              The data you provide us with may be used to support our Active Through Football bid. If successful, this bid could provide funding to help us to develop ways to engage the communities of Rotherham in physical activities and/or football. Any published responses will be kept anonymous.

              https://twitter.com/RU_CST/status/1366756140051267584

              This survey takes less than five minutes to complete. Your responses will help the club and the community, whilst giving you a chance to win an official player-signed RUFC shirt. 

              For any more information please contact:

              lisa.moseley@yorkshiresport.org or participation@rotherhamunited.net

            • JOB VACANCY | Female Football and Wellbeing Coach

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              Rotherham United Community Sports Trust are seeking to appoint an enthusiastic, charismatic and dedicated individual to join our Health & Wellbeing Team.

              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.

              Job Role:  Female Football and Wellbeing Coach
              Hours:  37.5 hours per week
              Salary: £18,500.00

              Closing date: 15th of March 2021, 5pm. 
              Interview date: TBC

              How to apply:
              Download Job Description here

              Please send a copy of your CV to eschofield@rotherhamunited.net, if you require any more information please contact Emma, Health & Wellbeing Manager at eschofield@rotherhamunited.net.

              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. Employment is subject to the provision of proof of eligibility to work in the UK.

              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.

              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.

              Equal Opportunities

            • JOB VACANCY | Schools and Sports Participation Manager

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              Rotherham United Community Sports Trust are seeking to appoint an enthusiastic, charismatic and dedicated individual to join our Senior Management Team.

              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.

              Job Role:  Schools and Sports Participation Manager
              Hours:  37.5 hours per week
              Salary: £27,000.00-£30,000.00

              How to apply:
              Download application form here 
              Download Job Description here

              Closing date: 26th of March 2021, 12noon. 
              Interview date: TBC

              Please send a copy of your job application to jobs@rotherhamunited.net, if you require any more information please contact Jamie, Head of Community at Jnoble@rotherhamunited.net.

              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. Employment is subject to the provision of proof of eligibility to work in the UK.

              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.

              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.

              Equal Opportunities

            • FUTURE STARS | Free online Fitness and Ball Mastery sessions with RUCST

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              Keep fit with RUCST and sign up now to join in with our free fitness and ball mastery sessions via Zoom!

              We are providing these fitness sessions every weekend for the remaining Sundays of the current lockdown to keep children active whilst they can’t play grassroots football.

              The sessions run on Sundays from 10am-11:30am; and they include a 30 minute HIIT workout, 10 minutes of rest and 45 minutes of ball mastery.

              The HIIT part of the session includes bodyweight exercises that work various muscle groups in the body at a high intensity.

              The ball mastery section will include several movements and skills that will help children to develop their first touch on the ball and their overall relationship with the ball. This will therefore help children to become more comfortable in moving and manipulating the ball whilst developing their co-ordination skills at the same time.

              This is a session aimed at children between 5 and 13 years old of any ability level, and is a great way to keep children fit and developing their skills while grassroots football is postponed.

              All of the session is designed for participants to be able to take part in a small space in their home, or in a garden. There must be an adult present/within earshot of the session at all times.

              If you are interested in signing up for these sessions, please register with your child’s name and age by e-mailing apilgrim@rotherhamunited.net

            • NEWS | Football fans urged to put their rivalries aside in pandemic by signing for ‘Plasma FC’

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              Rotherham United is one of 11 football clubs that are joining forces to back a new team – ‘Plasma FC’ – as part of an NHS Blood and Transplant campaign urging fans who’ve had COVID-19 to register as blood plasma donors. 

              This NHS campaign asks fans who’ve had COVID-19 to sign up to ‘Plasma FC’ to support treatment research. Plasma from those who’ve had coronavirus contains antibodies that could help others fight the virus and is being collected by NHSBT to support research into new treatments. 

              Rotherham United are joined by fellow Championship clubs QPR, Blackburn Rovers (Community Trust), Sheffield Wednesday, and Watford, and League One clubs, Northampton Town and Portsmouth. The Premier League clubs that are asking their fans to #BeTheDifference are: Leicester City, Crystal Palace, Wolverhampton Wanderers (Foundation) and Brighton & Hove Albion. 

              Fans can support Plasma FC by following your club’s social media channels and sharing the Plasma FC film via #BeTheDifference. To sign up, anyone aged over 17 years who has tested positive for COVID-19 or had symptoms can register online to donate plasma at www.nhsbt.nhs.uk

              Plasma FC is particularly appealing for men, black and Asian donors, and those who received hospital care for the virus to join its ranks. Their plasma is more likely to contain the high levels of antibodies needed to donate. 

              Jamie Noble – Head of Community at Rotherham United Community Sports Trust said: 

              We see first-hand the impact the virus has had on the community. Not only those who have contracted the virus, but for everyone unable to attend activities, socialise or watch their beloved Rotherham United in action. We are keen to support any initiative that will help put an end to this awful pandemic. 

              Elizabeth Hillerby, Marketing Manager from NHS Blood and Transplant said:  

              We’re incredibly grateful to the thousands of people who have donated plasma to support research into new treatments for COVID-19. We need more people to register as donors to support further studies which could help vulnerable groups, such as older people and those with weak immune systems. The high infection rates mean more people than ever are now able to help.” 

              Donating is easy – it takes just 45 minutes and the whole appointment, including time for snacks, lasts approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes. Donations are being taken at NHSBT’s 23 blood donor centres and a further 20 pop-up plasma donor centres. Your body quickly replaces the donated plasma and donated antibodies. 

              People can register to donate online at www.nhsbt.nhs.uk or search ‘donate plasma’. 

            • NEWS | The Joy of Moving Programme launches a virtual ‘Winter Games’

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              Following a successful virtual Joy of Moving Home School Festival in the summer of 2020 where over 250,000 children got involved, Rotherham United Community Sports Trust is partnering with the EFL Trust and Ferrero to launch a new virtual ‘Winter Games’ pack which will help inspire children to get moving in the toughest months for activity levels.

              Research shows that children’s activity levels drop significantly in the winter months compared to the summer months (68 mins in summer vs 48 mins per day in winter). To help inspire families to get active at home during the winter months, the Joy of Moving ‘Winter Games’ will take families on a Winter Adventure, with an exciting selection of games and activities that they can play at home.

              The games, which have been developed in line with the Joy of Moving methodology, are suitable for all abilities and help to encourage children to get moving through play.

              Throughout February, the Joy of Moving virtual ‘Winter Games’ will be shared with families and teachers across the country with the help of over 70 EFL Trust Club Community Organisations.

              As schools remain closed for many children, the ‘Winter Games’ supports families at a crucial time when it is even more important for children to stay active and to achieve the recommended 60 minutes of activity each day.

              Claire Robertson, JOM lead at RUCST said:

              “We are delighted to have so many schools taking part in the JOM winter games. Things are tough for children and young people at the moment so it’s great to know we can provide them with something fun and active”

              The Joy of Moving programme is an unbranded CSR project by Ferrero. Together with the EFL Trust, the Joy of Moving programme has been supporting children to get active across EFL Communities for over seven years. The Joy of Moving programme is based on methodology which is designed to inspire children to move through play, and in doing so, build up their physical fitness, motor coordination, cognitive functions and creativity and life skills – helping to develop positive habits for adulthood.

              In the UK, the programme consists of two in-school elements – the Move & Learn programme and the Joy of Moving Festivals, which have been developed in conjunction with EFL Trust. While these are on pause in line with temporary school closures, we are supporting the communities with access to free, online digital materials via our resource hub.

              Keep an eye out for the hashtag #JOMWinterGames on social media for further updates and ways to get involved, and for more fun games to play, visit the online Resource Hub.

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            • JOB VACANCY | Health and Wellbeing Activities Coach

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              Rotherham United Community Sports Trust is seeking to appoint an enthusiastic, charismatic and dedicated person to deliver a range of health and wellbeing programmes to children, young people, adults and older adults across the borough.

              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.

              Job Role:  Health and Wellbeing Activities Coach
              Hours:  30 hours per week
              Salary: £18,500 FTE

              View Job description here
              View Job Advertisement here

              How to apply:
              Please email CV and cover letter to:
              Emma Schofield- Health & Wellbeing Manager eschofield@rotherhamunited.net

              Closing date: 26th of February 2021, 5pm. 
              Interview date: 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. Employment is subject to the provision of proof of eligibility to work in the UK.

              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.

              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.

              Equal Opportunities

            • NEWS | Safer Internet Day: How to be Safer Online

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              Kev Johnson from Rotherham United’s official IT partners Newfox and Hollinbay gives us his top tips on how to stay safe on the Internet.

              Today is Safer Internet Day, where we are exploring the reliability of the online world and focussing on how we can know what to trust online. Today we are encouraging young people to engage with us and listen to how to question, challenge and change the online world.

              At RUCST, we are also celebrating this day in order to explore how the Internet’s influence, persuasion and manipulation can impact young people’s decisions, opinions and change the content they share online.

              Newfox and Hollinbay are helping us to give young people the skills to support one and other by teaching them strategies to spot and speak out against harmful and misleading content online.

              Watch Kev’s tip video here:

              Click on the links below to follow us on social media to keep up to date with us today.

            • NEWS | Wood shows his support for Safer Internet Day

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              Club captain Richard Wood expresses his support for Safer Internet Day by telling RUCST how important it is to keep children safe on the internet.

              Today is Safer Internet Day, and this is celebrated in order to promote the safe, responsible and positive use of the Internet for children and young people.

              Safer Internet Day aims to raise awareness to how the internet can sometimes be harmful; and it inspires a national conversation about how to use technology responsibly, respectfully, critically and creatively.

              Richard Wood says his two boys are “coping really well” with the transition from normal school to online school, and that he is “pleased with how well they’re getting on with their work, it is so good to see them trying their best, even though they’re not used to it”.

              When we asked him how he keeps his sons safe on the internet, he said:

              “I use screentime, as both of my sons have iPads and this is really useful for setting up restrictions for certain apps they can use and how long they can use them for. I also have restrictions set up for internet content under my passwords to keep them safe”.

              Keep an eye on our social media platforms today for our hourly top safety tips and quizzes for ages 3-18.

            • NEWS | RUCST Launch Plastic Bottle Recycling Campaign

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              Rotherham United Community Sports Trust are delighted to have launched a plastic bottle collection initiative in partnership with KCM Waste Management and MGB/Straight (part of IPL); in order to create a greener and more sustainable environment within the football club and the local community.

              This project involves the collection of all single-use plastic drinks bottles from the pitch-side and the changing rooms on all match days at the New York Stadium. RUCST have launched this initiative as part of the #iwillweek campaign, as this project envisions that: “all children and young people should be supported and empowered to make a positive difference on the issues that affect their lives, their communities, and broader society”.

              This initiative was launched in December 2020 and since then we have already collected and recycled an astounding 800 single use plastic bottles from 5 home games. This has occurred alongside our clean up the community social action projects; where local young people are collecting, and recycling plastic bottles from the streets of Rotherham.

              Community Project Coordinator for RUCST Ant Bayou said:

              “we are very excited to get involved in such an eco-friendly project that not only allows our club to play our part in being more environmentally friendly; but also gets the young people of Rotherham thinking about where our waste goes and how we can be more sustainable as a club and community”

              Our partners at MGB/Straight kindly provided us with the recycling bins, and KCM Waste Management have offered us a place to dispose of all our plastic bottles in the eco-friendliest way.

              Danny Johnson, Trade Waste Manager at KCM Waste Management said:

              Everyone is rightly concerned about our dependence on plastics and on how we deal with our plastic waste. The time has come for decisive action to ensure we only use plastics in a sustainable manner.

              Us at KCM are delighted to be working in conjunction with both RUFC and Rotherham United Community Sports Trust on the plastic recycling initiative to remove, recycle and reuse single use plastics that are discarded on match days.

              We are proud to be long-serving RUFC partners with our sponsorship of the North Stand, the player dugouts and the academy kit. These are just a few of the ways in which we have supported the club since it’s move to the AESSEAL New York Stadium in 2012.”

              At Rotherham United Community Sports Trust, we are passionate about creating positive change.

              For further information, please contact abayou@rotherhamunited.net

            • EDUCATION | Rotherham United partner with Stoke City in order to mentor young people hit hardest by the Pandemic

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              Hundreds of young people hit hardest by the pandemic are being offered mental health and wellbeing support by Rotherham United and five other Northern football clubs to help them stay engaged in education so they can catch up on lost learning and raise their aspirations.

              Through the Government’s Opportunity Areas programme, Rotherham United have partnered with Stoke City. This programme aims to work with pupils aged 11 to 19 who are disadvantaged, vulnerable or at risk of falling out of education, employment or training.

              These schemes will give young people a way to talk through their anxieties and fears with trained mentors in one-to-one sessions at school and college, or online during the period of national restrictions, as part of the support on offer. They will help them find ways to overcome any obstacles, build their confidence and resilience so they are ready to learn and do not fall behind. Many of these pupils are vulnerable and can still attend school along with key worker children.

              Funded by the Stoke-on-Trent Opportunity Area, the pastoral support is being delivered through Stoke City’s affiliated community schemes; building on their existing outreach work which has made them a recognised brand in their community. Each football club is working with another in a different area to set up similar mentoring schemes and help even more young people.

              Minister for the Opportunity Areas Michelle Donelan said:

              “Our focus throughout the pandemic has been to protect the most vulnerable in our society, creating new opportunities that secure their future success in spite of the challenges we face as a country.

              “It is fantastic to see investment from our Opportunity Areas programme benefitting these schemes, supporting young people’s mental health and wellbeing so they are ready to catch up on lost learning and do not fall behind.

              “By sharing their resources and expertise with clubs in Fleetwood, Rotherham and Lincoln, even more secondary pupils can build life skills like confidence and resilience to tackle obstacles and thrive.”

              During the period of national restrictions, mentoring is happening face-to-face or online, ensuring the most vulnerable continue to get the support they need whether learning at home or school.

              Rotherham United Community Sports Trust has set up a mentoring scheme to support around 10 pupils who are experiencing disadvantage and as a result require additional support with their mental health which ultimately has an impact in their school attainment.

              The football clubs from outside the Opportunity Areas were chosen based on a range of criteria related to disadvantage and established relationships between clubs.

              It follows confirmation of funding allocations for the fourth year of the Opportunity Areas programme last July, including a share of £1 million specifically to support ‘twinning’ work and expand the programme’s reach. Stoke-on-Trent and Blackpool Opportunity Areas have each invested £100,000 into these football club projects.

              Jamie Noble, Head of Community at Rotherham United Community Sports Trust said:

              “we are honoured to have been chosen to partner with football clubs from across the Pennines. This scheme is a great credit to our staff and the programmes that they deliver to the communities in Rotherham. We’re incredibly passionate about being a part of the country’s football family and are proud to contribute to the collective impact that community partners of football clubs can have. Over the last 10 years we are very proud to have brought in an investment of over £10 million into Rotherham by working with national and regional organisations. This considerable amount of money has hugely benefitted the people of Rotherham.”

              The Department for Education is investing £90 million in 12 Opportunity Areas over four years with £1 million set aside to ‘twin’ with other places so they can improve outcomes and opportunities for even more young people.

              The fourth year of the programme is supporting young people hit hardest by the pandemic and work is underway to share more broadly the expertise and successes from the programme so far to help other places to overcome similar challenges.

              For more information contact education@rotherhamunited.net

            • EDUCATION | Students Continue to Impress During Lockdown

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              Everyone at Rotherham United Community Sports Trust would like to congratulate our Further Education and Higher Education students who continue to work hard at home to continue their learning and ensure the current situation doesn’t impact their course progress.

              Tutors remain in contact with all students on a daily basis as well as delivering online classes and tutorials. Since entering the current lockdown the engagement and attendance to online lessons has been outstanding across all courses.

              The Sports College are using innovative methods to ensure the students can continue to engage with their learning alongside receiving the support they need both academically and emotionally. Last week First Team player Joe Mattock joined the Shadow Academy via Zoom to discuss his experiences and pass on some important advice to the students in regards to their education and football. This week we are looking forward to the Daparian Foundation delivering a workshop to all students around mental health, resilience, dealing with internal and external scrutiny, the pressures of expectation and dealing with failure.

              Education Manager, James Mahoney is delighted with the learners’ progress: “We are extremely proud of all our learners who continue to display an outstanding attitude towards their education despite the challenges that they are facing as a result of the latest lockdown. Learning from home can be difficult due to number of reasons and I commend their adaptability and perseverance. As well as the impact on lessons it is also hard for students who are missing the social interaction on a daily basis with their friends and the opportunity to train & play football. We are implementing various methods to try and help them through this period including; home fitness training programmes, guest speakers and competitions. I would also like to thank the Education staff team whose continued hard-work and commitment ensures our students can continue learning during these challenging times”.

              The Sports College are also still recruiting for our wide range of courses starting in September 2021. If you are interested in pursuing a career working in the sports industry and wish to continue your education into further or higher education then check out our prospectus here: Prospectus

              If you would like to apply for one of our courses starting in September 2021 you can complete the application form here: Apply Now

              For further information, please contact: education@rotherhamunited.net

            • NEWS | Rotherham United Esports to open up Esports School

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              Rotherham United Esports has been awarded a grant from the National Lottery Awards For All charity initiative to open an ‘Esports School’.

              The initiative is aimed at tackling physical and mental-health problems caused by COVID-19 through the use of esports and gaming. 

              The organisation, which is now a ‘community interest company’ (designed for social enterprises that use profits and assets for social improvement), will give young people a ‘social and virtual gaming platform’ to improve their social skills and counter the effects of loneliness caused by national lockdowns.

              The project will offer coaching — particularly in FIFA — using gaming to help those struggling with mental-health problems. When safe, the organisation also plans to take participants that have been in isolation to physical events, including charity, football or other sporting events, as well as providing team-building and social opportunities.

              Robert Hawden, Rotherham United Esports Co-founder, said on the club’s output so far: “When we started this journey over two years ago, we never knew what we would find when scratching the surface. We found that a fair percentage of our participants had issues with health, whether it was physical health problems such as obesity, or mental-health issues such as depression and anxiety.

              “As we already work with the Rotherham United Community Sports Trust, who already do so much to improve the wellbeing of many of their participants, we’re well aware of the impact a project such as this can have, and with the help of sponsors and grant funding, we will be able to ramp up our reach and offer esports coaching and other brilliant opportunities to many others who we may not have otherwise reached.”

              Previously, the club, in partnership with the Virtual Pro Gaming League and Rotherham United Sports College, created the RUFC Development Squad. College students and other gamers were given a platform by the club to learn FIFA Pro Clubs competitively, providing a mental release and the opportunity to learn social skills.

              Fellow Co-founder David Raybould added: “I would like to say a massive thank you to the National Lottery players and everyone else who has made it possible to get us to this point. We now have a great and unique footing, in which we can combat these health problems which are affecting many. We feel the use of esports in this way will be a real game-changer and we are really looking forward to seeing this project grow and succeed.”

              Esports Insider says: This is an incredibly heart-warming initiative in a time when so many are struggling just to get through the day. We don’t yet know the full impact of national lockdowns on children, and it seems they’re often forgotten in the mental-health discussion. This is admirable work from Rotherham United Esports. All involved deserve enormous credit.

              For more information email RUFC-ESPORTS@MAIL.COM or visit @RUFCeSports on Twitter.

            • NEWS | The Millers Half Term Virtual Holiday Camp

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              Keep active online with us at RUCST this half term!

              From Tuesday the 16th to Friday the 19th of February we are running free virtual multi-sport sessions for any boys and girls aged 8-16 who receive free school meals.

              The online sessions will include a player Q&A, multi-sports coaching sessions over zoom, free sports equipment and a free food hamper. These food hampers were generously paid for by our very own Millers players.

              The hamper collections are available from Maltby, Kiveton, Eastwood and Ferham (more details on booking).

              Book your slot here: https://www.rucst.co.uk/february-2021-online-camp/

              Sessions for ages 8-11 will run from 10-11am and sessions for ages 12-16 will then run from 11am-12pm from Tuesday until Friday.

              Emma Schofield (Health and Wellbeing Manager at RUCST) said: “We know how much children and young people across the community look forward to attending our holiday camps so we wanted to make sure we were offering something for them to get involved with, whilst also keeping them safe.  After such a fantastic response to our Christmas camps it was important that we continued to offer the option to get active and have fun as well as the support with fresh, healthy food during the school holidays.”

              We wish we could see you all in person at our usual holiday camps; but in the meantime we hope you can join us online to get active, see your friends on screen, and most of all have some fun!

              For any more information, please contact Emma Schofield at participation@rotherhamunited.net

            • NEWS | Safer Internet Day- 9th February

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              Join RUCST online on the 9th of February to celebrate Safer Internet Day! Together we can help to create a safer and more secure online experience in 2021 for us all.

              Safer Internet day 2021 celebrates the incredible range of information and opportunities that are available to us all online, and how the web has potential to inform, connect and inspire us.

              We will be looking at how to tell fact from fiction online, and how to challenge and question information that we come across.

              Keep an eye on our social media platforms (Twitter: @RU_CST and Facebook: Rotherham United Community Sports Trust) on the 9th for our hourly top safety tips and quizzes for ages 3-18. This is where you will also find more information on how to join our online lesson on safer internet tasks.

              There may even be a surprise virtual appearance from one of the first team players… so be safe, and get involved online on the 9th!

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              For more information on Safer Internet Day, please visit: https://www.saferinternetday.org/ or email: participation@rotherhamunited.net

            • NEWS | Lockdown Update

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              We at Rotherham United Community Sports trust understand the frustrations that a further national lockdown brings, not only the local community but nationally; there are many uncertainties that lay ahead however, to all of our key partners, staff, participants, friends, families and local communities we urge you to follow the national guidance.

              In the coming days we will be communicating with governing bodies to establish how we can continue to support out local communities in the most efficient but safest way possible.

              Although this is an uncertain time, we will remain here for you throughout and there will still be a number of programmes or activities you can get involved with. We will release further details over the coming days on our social media platforms. In the meantime, we can provide a brief update and contact details for relevant departments.

              Rotherham United Sports College – Our education provision continues through home learning – if you wish to find out more information or enquire about the 2021/22 courses, please contact education@rotherhamunited.net.    

              Health & Wellbeing team – We continue to support the local community online, to find out what provision is available please contact health@rotherhamunited.net.   

              Sport Participation team – unfortunately our Future Stars sessions have halted, however we are reviewing the schools packages and how we can further support them and the hard working teaches during these uncertain times. To find our more information, please contact participation@rotherhamunited.net.   

              NCS team – We are working alongside their partners to identify the next steps for their projects in 2021.for more information please contact ncs@rotherhamunited.net.

              Inclusion Team – Our Kicks and YOYO sessions have stopped, however we are looking to re-establish our online presence and provide support to young people remotely. We are continuing our support to the vulnerable and out Ability Counts sessions can continue, albeit at a different venue. If you would like to find out more information, please contact inclusion@rotherhamunited.net.   

              Parkgate Astro – Unfortunately Parkgate Astro has closed. All bookings have been cancelled and PAYG payments stopped. All pre-paid bookings will be carried forward until restrictions ease. For more information, please contact parkgateastro@rotherhamunited.net.

              Once again, thank you for the continued support over the last 9 months. Please stay safe and adhere to government guidance.

            • NEWS | National Lockdown update

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              5th January 2021

              In light of the recent announcement made last night regarding the national lockdown, we are currently reviewing all provision and communicating with partners to establish what delivery can continue in conjunction with the new guidance. We will provide further correspondence in due course.

              If you require any information, please contact community@rotherhamunited.net or phone 01709827767.

            • NEWS | Eden Hygiene support community sports trust

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              Rotherham United Community Sports Trust (RUCST) offer their thanks to local business Eden Hygiene for supporting the trust by upgrading hygiene & washroom services at both AESSEAL New York Stadium (Foal Zone) and Parkgate Astro.

              Eden are a complete hygiene & washroom services provider with an outstanding reputation.

              As experts in workplace hygiene, waste management and infection control, Eden work with you to provide a solution which is tailored to your company’s requirements and budget. Eden help you fulfil your health & safety responsibilities to your employees & visitors and furthermore, exceed their expectations. You can find out more information here: https://www.edenhygiene.co.uk/.

              A Spokesperson for RUCST said “We would like to place our thanks on record to Eden Hygiene for their continued support over the recent months, Jessica and the team have been exceptionally professional and honest throughout and we are proud to establish a great working relationship with a renowned local business”.

              A Spokesperson for Eden said: As a small local business we know how important it is for us all to work together especially at this incredibly difficult time. Our hope is that by helping RUCST to upgrade their services and reduce their running costs we are helping to support their much needed community work supporting families within the borough. We are always proud to support local initiatives that do such great work.

              If you would like to find out more information please contact community@rotherhamunited.net or info@edenhygiene.co.uk.

            • Christmas Camps Are Coming To Town!

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              We are pleased to announce that we will be running our Millers Holiday Camps in December at Thomas Rotherham College.

              Our holiday camps give children the chance to interact with each other, enhance their footballing skills through training and matches, all this can be done whilst having fun and keeping active.

              At the end of every camp children are given gifts and have the chance to win medals and prizes.

              All of our Camps are available for children aged 5 – 14 and are run in a way that caters for all experience and ability levels, each camp is run by FA qualified coaches from Rotherham United Community Sports Trust.

              See full details below:

              Days: 21st/22nd/23rd December

              Times: Flexible Drop Off 9am – 10am, Flexible Pick Up 3pm – 4pm (9am – 4pm full day)

              Venues: Thomas Rotherham College, Moorgate Rd, Rotherham S60 2BE

              Price: £15 per day, £40 for all 3 days

              To secure your place, please book via the link HERE

              If you would like to find out more information, please contact Adam Pilgrim on 01709 827767 or participation@rotherhamunited.net


            • NEWS | EFL Trust and Ferrero UK deliver Joy of Moving Programme for the seventh year

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              Rotherham United Community Sports Trust in partnership with The EFL Trust and Ferrero UK, are delighted to announce that the Joy of Moving Programme will be delivered once again throughout the 2020-21 academic year.

              Joy of Moving, Ferrero’s unbranded CSR programme, has been supporting children across EFL Communities in the UK for the past six years. The programme consists of two elements – the school-based Move & Learn programme and the Joy of Moving Festivals, which have been developed in conjunction with EFL Trust. These programmes are designed to inspire children to move through play, and in doing so, build up their physical fitness, motor coordination, cognitive functions and creativity and life skills and develop positive habits for adulthood.

              Through the partnership, Rotherham United Community Sports Trust will continue to support and inspire thousands of children in Rotherham to lead an active and balanced lifestyle.

              Never has it been more important to support children in these unprecedented times. According to a poll of PE teachers and school leaders by the Youth Sport Trust, 73% of children returned to school after lockdown with lower fitness levels. In light of the ongoing possibility for further periods of lockdown and tiers affecting exercise, it is important to ensure the programme continues to play a part in supporting communities.

              Emilie Hamilton, Aston Lodge Primary School – “The Joy of Moving Programme is incredibly beneficial to our children. Children enjoyed taking part in the engaging practical activities and games, whilst learning about how this helps to improve their health in the classroom. They have the opportunity to learn about how their healthy lifestyle can be beneficial to them and learn how they can achieve this. Children are left with a greater awareness of how to live a healthy lifestyle through their diet and exercise. This is invaluable information and learning for the children and without Rotherham United Community Sports Trust’s delivery, we would never have been able to teach this to such a high standard. I highly recommend this must have programme and can’t thank RUCST enough for their work with our children”.

              Jamie Wheeler, Thrybergh Fullerton Church of England Academy – “Our children thoroughly enjoyed the Joy of Moving programme that was delivered by Rotherham United Community Sports Trust. The sessions were thoroughly engaging and they highlighted the importance of maintaining a healthy lifestyle through children learning about their diet and physical activity”

              This year also saw the launch of the online Resource Hub that hosts a variety of fun games and activities to get children and families moving at home – even Peter Andre and his children got involved in the Joy of Moving programme! Furthermore, as it was recognised that children were unlikely to experience the fun of their school sports day, we hosted the first ever ‘Joy of Moving Home School Festival’ which reached over 250,000 children and families. Mike Evans, Chief Executive at EFL Trust said:

              “Children have been one of the hardest hit during this pandemic and the emphasis on the Joy of Moving Programme is even greater to support children, not only physically, but mentally. We are extremely proud of the Joy of Moving Programme and the positive impact it has had during this challenging year. But there is still so much more to do and we are delighted to continue our partnership with Ferrero and through EFL Trust’s network of Club Community Organisations we can continue to deliver a fun educational programme to children and families.”

              Charlie Cayton, Director of Corporate Affairs and Communications, Ferrero UK said;

              “We are proud to have been able to deliver our Joy of Moving CSR programme in the UK over the last six years through our long-term partnership with the EFL Trust. Together, we have helped to move over 340,000 children and delivered over one million hours in schools. In these difficult times, we must continue to play our part in the communities in which we are a part of. We remain committed to delivering this fantastic programme to inspire children and families up and down the country to get moving through play.” To learn more about the Joy of Moving Programme visit www.joyofmovingresourcehub.co.uk.

            • NEWS | Programme update post 2nd December 2020

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              Rotherham United Community Sports Trust announce phased return of provision due to easing of restrictions.

              Due to transitioning from the national lockdown back to tier 3, we are pleased to announce we will be conducting a phased return of provision across all departments, along with releasing new holiday camp sessions during the Christmas break.

              Over the last 4 weeks the team have been working tirelessly implementing new and improved procedures along with setting the foundations for the launch of new provision starting in January.

              Jamie Noble, Head of Community said “It’s great to offer a variety of sessions before we break for Christmas, it’s been a challenging time for everyone this year and adding a bit normality so to speak for our community is a priority for us. Although not all delivery will return just yet we aim to provide a wide range of sessions that hopefully will cover the vast majority of groups”.

              The full list of sessions available from the 2nd of December are below;

              Sports Participation

              PGA ALL INVITE ONLY SQUADS, Monday & Saturday – Email Adam or Dave
              PGA Future Stars, Friday – Age: 2-9 (2-5, 5-7, 7-9) – BOOK HERE
              PGA Future Stars, Saturday – Ages: 2-5 – BOOK HERE
              PGA Future Stars, Saturday – Ages: 5-9  – BOOK HERE
              PGA Future Stars, Saturday – Ages: 10-13 – BOOK HERE
              Christmas Holiday Camps TBC

              For more information on Sport Participation sessions please email eschofield@rotherhamunited.net.

              Inclusion

              PGA Walking Football, Monday 1pm-2pmWickersley Ability Counts JNR, Saturday – BOOK HERE
              PGA PL KICKS, Thursday 17th December 4pm-6pm
              Kiveton PL KICKS, Friday 18th December 4pm-6pm
              Wath PL KICKS Friday 18th December, 6pm-8pm
              PGA PL KICKS Christmas Holiday Camp
              Maltby Leisure PL KICKS Christmas Holiday Camp
              Kelham Scooter/skate/blade session TBC
              PGA Refugee Football (TBC)

              for more information on inclusion sessions, please email trace@rotherhamunited.net.

              Health & Wellbeing

              PGA Mature Millers Walking football
              NYS Girls Fitness
              PGA Fit Fans
              PGA Inclusion Football
              PGA Man V Fat (Friendlies only)

              For more information on health & wellbeing sessions please email eschofield@rotherhamunited.net.

              Education

              All Education continues as normal along with training & practical sessions.

              For more information in Education sessions please email jmahoney@rotherhamunited.net.

              NCS

              NCS Sessions are running as normal, however all sessions are closed groups (invite only).

              For more information on NCS sessions please email cfoster@rotherhamunited.net.

              Parkgate Astro

              The facility is reopen for organised bookings, risk assessments must be submitted with every new booking and a minimum of 5 weeks is required to secure your place. (Subject to approval and availability).

              For more information on PGA pleas email parkgateastro@rotherhamunited.net .

            • Trust support advent calendar appeal

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              It has come round to that time of the year (and what a year!) where we are putting our Selection Box drop off/collections back in action!!

              As you all know, every year The Firehouse Group do a Selection Box collection at a R.U.F.C home game during December. We have had to change things a little this year, but we are still focused on bringing a little Christmas cheer to kids living in poverty in our area.

              We are doing 2 drive-thru drop offs for Selection Boxes at Rotherham United F.C in December –

              Saturday 5th December – 10am – 1:30pm
              Wednesday 9th December – 5pm – 7:30pm

              (We will also have some Selection Boxes with us for you to purchase on these days)

              Alternatively, if you would like us to purchase Selection Boxes on your behalf, you can donate via Bank Transfer (reference Mission Christmas)

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              Account Number 82114267

              Mr Chris Wall (Director)

              For every Advent Calendar which is purchased from the Rotherham United shop/website (purchased between Wednesday 5th and Saturday 9th December), the club will very kindly double that order and donate an extra one to Mission Christmas!!

              Thank you for your continued support, and Merry Christmas!

              From all the team at The Firehouse Group

            • PLCF 10 Year Anniversary Awards

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              This week, The Premier League is celebrating the incredible impact of football clubs in their local communities as the Premier League Charitable Fund marks its 10-year anniversary.

              The Premier League provides investment and long-term support to help clubs create lasting change within communities.

              The Premier League Charitable Fund was established 10 years ago to distribute funding provided by the Premier League to clubs across the entire football pyramid to support those clubs in their delivery of community programmes. In those 10 years, 110 professional football clubs from the Premier League to the National League have been working in their communities to engage those that need the greatest support, provide positive pathways and support mental and physical wellbeing.

              Millions of people across England and Wales have benefited from football clubs’ provision of inclusive programmes, which address important issues and increase sporting, educational and employment opportunities.

              This is why we at RUCST would like to congratulate our PL Kicks participant Harry Davies for being a shining example of what young people can achieve and one of our previous PL Kicks facilitators, Terri Harper for inspiring and supporting young girls through PL Kicks boxing sessions.

              Harry is a young man with disabilities including a condition called microcephaly. When we first came in to contact with Harry he was very shy and reserved and struggled to leave mums side. Fast forward to the present moment and before Covid he was attending almost all of our PL Kicks sessions! During the 1st lock down he also attended restricted sessions. He has developed into a confident young man that has made significant friends on the programme and is seen by staff and peers as a role model to all young people.

              He has also recently started volunteering on our Saturday morning ability counts sessions and before lock down was our disability representative on our Youth Forum. Last year Harry also attended a weekend residential which his mum states he wouldn’t have dreamed of doing if it wasn’t for the confidence he has gained through PL Kicks!

              Terri Harper is the current WBO champion of the world. She got involved in PL kicks in 2019 (before this title) and led boxing sessions for girls aged 11-16 from The New York Stadium.

              Terri inspired girls to believe in their ability and used her own personal journey to inspire everyone who attended. At Christmas she supplied all the girls with individual hand wraps and wrote them all a personalised Christmas card. Some of the girls went on to go watch her win the IBO and WBC titles.

              We received amazing feedback from both participants and parents about her professionalism and conduct. At just 24 years old she is definitely a woman of the community and although due to her work commitments she no longer facilitates for us we feel she deserves the recognition for the impact she made in 2019. 

              Thank you for your fantastic work, dedication and inspiration. We look forward to having you on board in 2021.  

            • Trust expand Future Stars to incorporate Girls specific sessions

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              We are excited to announce the launch of “Future Stars: Girls” which is a girls only strand of our successful Future Stars development programme.

              The aim is to engage girls aged 5 – 11 in football, whether they’re a complete beginner or already playing with a club, and help develop their skills & knowledge of the game through fun & challenging sessions at our wonderful facility, Parkgate Astro.

              Football Development Coach, Adam Pilgrim said “I am delighted to be getting this project up and running, as I feel we can have a really positive impact on girls football in Rotherham. There are some local clubs doing some fantastic work in the area to provide playing opportunities for girls, and we want to support this by using the brilliant, experienced staff we have at our disposal to offer a place where young people who love playing football can come and improve their skills & knowledge. The boys pathway through Future Stars which we have developed over the last few years has seen a huge amount of success, I’m hoping we can now replicate this through our girls strand and provide opportunities for young female footballers in Rotherham.”

              Future Stars: Girls will be launching as soon as lockdown is lifted and football training is deemed safe to operate by government, DCMS & The FA. To register your child’s interest please complete the form below, and we will be in touch.

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              • Trust re-launch Mini Millers

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                RUCST are pleased to announce the re-launch of our popular Mini Millers programme, which will kick off post-lockdown with sessions for children aged 18 months up to 3 years old.

                “In our sessions, children will develop their movement skills through a variety of fun games and explore a range of multi-skills, which as a whole will aid their physical development. A large part of our programme will also be promoting a ‘love for the football’ where the children will explore the different ways of moving the ball with their feet and give them a good foundation to ‘master the ball’ in the future.”

                To register your interest for Mini Millers sessions, please fill in the form below and we will be in contact when sessions re-commence after lockdown.

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                • NEWS | Affinity IT Services support trusts community work

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                  Rotherham United Community Sports trust (RUCST) are delighted to announce Affinity IT Services have kindly donated two PC’s to help support the award winning community work.

                  Affinity is a family owned business based in Sheffield, South Yorkshire founded by a team of three business and IT professionals with a wealth of knowledge spread over many years. Affinity are business focused and offer only real world products and solutions aimed predominantly at Small to Medium Sized Enterprises.

                  Rich Davies, Account Manager said “We’re delighted to be able to continue donating PC’s to Sheffield City Region charities and on this occasion, hearing the plans Rotherham United Community Sports Trust have for the local community and the PC’s we know the two machines we have donated, that they will be put to fantastic use.”

                  Jamie Noble, Head of Community said “We are extremely grateful to Rich and the team at Affinity IT Services, their kindness and generosity is warmly received by myself and everyone at the trust. We pride ourselves on the professional and high quality services we offer and having additional resources will only strengthen the work we are doing in the community”.

                  If you would like to find out more information about Affinity IT Services, please visit: https://affinityit.co.uk/

                • NEWS | Can you support the vulnerable during the pandemic?

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                  Rotherham United Community Sports Trust (RUCST) are looking for volunteers to help support their covid response initiative over the coming months.

                  Can you spare one hour per week to support a vulnerable fan? Duties may include weekly shopping, collection of prescriptions/medicine, dog walking or providing social contact over the phone talking all things Rotherham United to help reduce social isolation.

                  RUCST supported hundreds of fans and residents in the community during the first lockdown, and as we enter the second lockdown we are looking to provide the critical services once again.

                  The Millers first team staff and players will also be out in force to lend a help in hand as previous, providing food supplies, prescriptions and phone/video calls to their loyal fans.

                  Jamie Noble, Head of Community said “Entering a second lockdown must be daunting for many in these uncertain times, the work our volunteers and staff provided for numerous months from March was essential and we feel its our duty as a community club to restore this fantastic service”.

                  “I would also like to thank the club, staff and players for their commitment, without question they volunteered their services to the community. It shows how much they value not only the club, but the fans and town as a whole”.

                  If you would like to offer your voluntary services, please complete the contact form below to enquire;

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