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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 | 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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*

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      Town/City*

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      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.

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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 

    • 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!

    • 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.

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      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 | 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.

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      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.

    • 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.” 

    • 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 | 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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    • 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 | 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 | 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.

    • 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)

      Sort Code 40-12-55
      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

    • FOOTBALL CAMP IS BACK!!!

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      In addition to our education and activity camps we are now able to offer a football specific camp to those aged 8-14 years.

      Join us every Thursday for the morning, afternoon, or full day at Parkgate Astro.

      Book your place now:

      Morning session: (BOOK HERE)
      Parkgate Astro
      9am – 11:30am
      £10 per session or £60 for 6 weeks

      Afternoon session: (BOOK HERE)
      Parkgate Astro
      12:30pm – 3pm
      £10 per session or £60 for 6 weeks

      Full day: (BOOK HERE)
      Parkgate Astro
      9am – 3pm
      £15 per session, £90 for 6 weeks

      Fore more information, please contact community@rotherhamunited.net

    • Frecklington Appointed Shadow Academy Ambassador

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      Rotherham United Community Sports Trust can today confirm Lee Frecklington has returned to the Football Club as Honorary Ambassador for the Sports College Shadow Academy and Future Stars Programme.

      Considered by many as a Millers legend, Lee joined Rotherham United during the first season at the New York Stadium and scored the decisive goal against Aldershot in a 2-0 victory to gain promotion to League 1. He then scored 13 times in a successful 2013/14 season which finished with promotion to the Championship where his performances & goals were an integral part of the team managing three consecutive seasons in the 2nd tier of English Football.

      Lee celebrates securing the decisive goal to secure promotion to League 1.

      The role will see the former Millers captain support the coaching staff and players at the Sports College, which aims to give talented young players between the ages of 16 and 18 the chance to combine academic studies with practical football experience. Alongside current Shadow Academy Ambassador Ben Wiles, Lee will work closely with the youngsters on and off the pitch to pass on his knowledge and experience to support their holistic development. Having recently left Lincoln City, Lee is hoping to continue playing football and his role with the Shadow Academy will be scheduled around his playing commitments.

      Lee will also carry out a similar role for our Future Stars programme, which is a Community Football Development programme for 3-13 year olds based at Parkgate Astro. These sessions are structured similar to our clubs academy and give children the chance to build their skills & game knowledge whilst learning to work within a team.

      Lee will join current Shadow Academy Ambassador Ben Wiles.

      Looking forward to his new role, Frecklington commented: It’s great to be back in Rotherham, The club has always been close to my heart having spent numerous successful years here.”

      “During my time at Rotherham I have seen first-hand what the Community Sports Trust do in the local community and it’s an honour to return in an ambassador role supporting the fantastic work they do not only for the fans but for Rotherham as a whole.”

      Jamie Noble, Head of Community said “Frecks has always played an important role in the local community so there was no hesitation to have him back on board supporting the fantastic work we are already doing in the community.”

      “He is a role model for all participants, his commitment to the game and community is second to none. We are overjoyed to have him back at the AESSEAL New York Stadium.”

      Education Manager, James Mahoney said: “We are delighted to announce Lee Frecklington as Honorary Ambassador for our Shadow Academy. This will provide a fantastic opportunity for our students to learn from someone of Lee’s calibre. Not only will he be able to support their football development during training sessions but also pass on his knowledge and experience to help them pursue their career goals.

      Pre-season dates will be announced in the coming weeks.

      To find out more about the Shadow Academy please visit https://www.rucst.co.uk/rotherham-united-fc-shadow-academy/

    • NEWS | Study with Rotherham United Sports College

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      Due to the current Covid-19 situation, STUDENTS at Rotherham United Sports College are continuing their academic studies from home using online learning platforms.

      Tutors will remain in contact with all students on a daily basis as well as delivering online classes and tutorials. The interactive learning environment will mean there is minimal disruption to the students’ learning and we are confident that the current situation won’t have any impact on their predicted achievement.

      The tutors would like to congratulate all learners who are working hard at home to complete their assignments and continue their learning.

      ***

      The Sports College are also still recruiting for our wide range of courses starting in September 2020. 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 courses below.

      This week Education Manager, James Mahoney, has spoken with each Year 11 that has already signed up to one of our courses starting in September. “All Year 11’s across the country are going through a period of uncertainty as they would normally be preparing for their GCSE exams. Naturally they will be anxious – as will their parents, however we wanted to assure them that the current situation won’t have any impact on their place on the courses they have applied for.”

      The Sports College are also pleased to announce that ALL Year 11 students who have signed up to our courses starting in September will now receive unconditional places. This will also take effect for all new applicants.

      Any new applicants will be contacted by the Education team to discuss the next steps in the application process.

      To find out more about out courses please download our 2020/21 prospectus here: 

      https://www.rucst.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/Prospectus.pdf

      If you would like to apply for one of our courses starting in September 2020 you can complete the application form here: 

      Apply Now

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      At Rotherham United Sports College we deliver a number of high quality academic programmes of study in Further and Higher Education. We pride ourselves on excellence by ensuring that all of our teachers are fully qualified and provide learners with the latest resources and technology, in order to enhance learning.

      Based at the New York Stadium, we boast state of the art classrooms and health space as well as having access to a range of practical facilities in the local area.

      The various study programmes combine academic studies with a practical sporting experience and are aimed at young people who have a passion for sport and a desire to progress to University or employment within the sporting industry.

      We currently offer a number of courses and programmes in the form of:

      Further Education


      Level 1 BTEC ‘Sport & Active Leisure’ (1 Year Full-time)
      Level 2 NCFE Diploma ‘Sport’ (1 Year Full-time)
      Level 3 BTEC Extended Diploma ‘Sport Performance & Excellence’ (2 Years Full-time)


      Higher Education

      Foundation Degree in Community Football Coaching and Development
      Foundation Degree in Sports Coaching and Development
      BSc (Hons) Football Coaching, Development and Administration (Top Up)

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      Students who enrol on to any of the courses have the unique opportunity to train and play various sports competitively on a weekly basis against other professional clubs and athletes.

      Rotherham United FC Football Shadow Academy (In partnership with Rotherham United FC)
      Rotherham United Male Football Development Squad
      Rotherham United Women U19’s (Football & Futsal)
      Rugby Academy (in partnership with Rotherham Titans)
      Hockey Academy (in partnership with Rotherham Hockey Club)
      Esports Academy (in partnership with Rotherham Utd Official Esports)

    • Win a Signed RUFC 2019/2020 away shirt!

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      Rotherham United Community Sports Trust are offering young fans the chance to try and guess what our soon-to-be-released away kit will look like, by running a competition to win a signed shirt from the 2019/20 campaign.

      The Trust are asking youngsters to include details such as style, colour, type, sponsors etc and will reward the entrant who guesses the closest with a shirt from this season signed by the current team.

      Jamie Noble, Head of Community said “We would like to thank Rotherham United F.C for their continued support towards the trusts ongoing work in the local community during these uncertain times”

       “we are doing lots of remote activities keeping the community engaged in a safe as  way. We are aware how hard it is to keep the children entertained so these are all ideas we have had but if there is anything you would like to recommend please send in your thoughts

      “Please stay safe and well! Keep an eye out for future competitions”

      To enter visit the Community Sports Trust’s website, download the design, and let your imagination run wild.

      DOWNLOAD HERE

      the competition will come to an end on19h June 2020, 5pm. We will look to draw the competition winner the following week.

      Good luck!

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    • Schools join up to score for Rotherham

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      Pupils from two local junior schools got some inspiration about team building during a day spent together at Rotherham United Football Club.

      The AESSEAL New York Stadium was the setting for the first Schools Linking day between Herringthorpe Junior School and Kiveton Park Meadows Junior School.

      Year 4 classes from both schools are taking part in the Schools Linking programme, funded by The Linking Network and supported by DECSY. Schools Linking is all about giving schools in different parts of the borough opportunities to meet up and collaborate on learning activities that explore themes around identity and belonging.

      At their team building inspiration day a fortnight ago, pupils enjoyed being coached in a variety of team activities, working closely with children from the other school followed by a full guided tour of the 12,000 capacity stadium.

      Getting to know you activities in pairs encouraged the eight and nine year olds to think about their identity and the things they had in common with their partner.

      Laura Cooper, Year 4 teacher at Herringthorpe Junior, said:

      It went well, children interacted well with each other – a positive experience. Children enjoyed the opportunity to meet others and play.

      Jayne Blackburn, Year 3/4 teacher at Bramley Grange Primary, which took part in a similar day last week with Greasbrough Primary said:

      A really enjoyable day at NY Stadium. A great venue which the children loved. The tour of the stadium and interactive games were great.

      A girl from Kiveton Park Meadows Junior School commented:

      When I arrived I felt excited, nervous, giddy and happy. I met someone called Bella. She was so nice and I gave her a friendship bracelet. We were both shy at first. I started asking her what her favourite animal and name was. I and my partner didn’t want to leave each other afterwards and can’t wait to meet again.

      A boy from the same school said:

      I felt quite nervous at first but I was more confident when I got to know them. I met two boys named Adam and Hayden who were really funny, nice and smart.

      The pupils will meet several times throughout the academic year for activities that aim to help build bridges between children from different cultural backgrounds. In between visits, the schools will send each other pieces of work the pupils have created for their new friends.

      Herringthorpe Junior, Kiveton Park Meadows Junior and Bramley Grange and Greasebrough Primary Schools aren’t the only schools meeting up for the first time this term. A total of 12 classes across the Rotherham are taking part in the Schools Linking programme during this academic year, supported by Rotherham United Community Sports Trust which runs socially inclusive education engagement programmes which aim to make a difference to the lives of people of all communities.

      Claire Robertson, Primary Education Co-ordinator with the Trust said:

      What an amazing project. I have enjoyed being part of such a great concept. The children have had such a positive experience, developed new skills, an understanding of contemporary issues and have forged new friendships. 

      Schools Linking has been nationally recognised as contributing to how schools can support their pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development and Mark Heaton from the Council’s Culture, Sport and Tourism Service has expressed his support:

      Well done – it’s a really worthwhile project so good to hear you’ve delivered it so positively.

      The Linking Network Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government, Department of Education and The Pears Foundation

    • Behind the scenes visits to the AESSEAL New York Stadium

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      When we think back to our days at school we do not remember the maths or art lessons but instead we remember the school trips to various weird and wonderful places our teachers took us.

      Which is why Rotherham United Community Sports Trust offers you as teachers and community groups the chance to give those unique memories to the children and young people in your care. This academic year so far we have welcomed over 600 children to the New York Stadium home of “ The Millers “ or to you and I Rotherham United Football Club.

      Flying high in the top two of league one at the moment this is a great time to become involved with your local football team and in particular visit such an iconic building in the town. Whether you as an adult are a football fan yourself or you have some mad keen football fans in your class or community group we cater for all ages, interests and themes for your visit. We offer visits for all ages ranging for FS2, KS1. KS2, KS3. KS4 or local community groups who would like to make a booking with us. A behind the scenes tour offers you the opportunity to engage and inspire those young people in your care.

      What is more inspiring than sitting in the director chair looking over the carpeted turf of the New York Stadium or visiting the changing rooms and imagining what it would be like or a match day or sitting in the interviews chair being interviewed by a sports reporter. We can tailor the visit to your school topic whether this be healthy eating or famous people from Rotherham to name but a few.

      Come and visit us and find out what its like to be a professional sports person and tread in their footsteps.

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

    • Rotherham United Sports College

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      Due to the current Covid-19 situation, STUDENTS at Rotherham United Sports College are continuing their academic studies from home using online learning platforms.

      Tutors will remain in contact with all students on a daily basis as well as delivering online classes and tutorials. The interactive learning environment will mean there is minimal disruption to the students’ learning and we are confident that the current situation won’t have any impact on their predicted achievement.

      The tutors would like to congratulate all learners who are working hard at home to complete their assignments and continue their learning.


      The Sports College are also still recruiting for our wide range of courses starting in September 2020. 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 courses below.

      This week Education Manager, James Mahoney, has spoken with each Year 11 that has already signed up to one of our courses starting in September. “All Year 11’s across the country are going through a period of uncertainty as they would normally be preparing for their GCSE exams. Naturally they will be anxious – as will their parents, however we wanted to assure them that the current situation won’t have any impact on their place on the courses they have applied for.”

      The Sports College are also pleased to announce that ALL Year 11 students who have signed up to our courses starting in September will now receive unconditional places. This will also take effect for all new applicants.

      Any new applicants will be contacted by the Education team to discuss the next steps in the application process.

      To find out more about out courses please download our 2020/21 prospectus here: Prospectus

      If you would like to apply for one of our courses starting in September 2020 you can complete the application form here: Apply Now

      At Rotherham United Sports College we deliver a number of high quality academic programmes of study in Further and Higher Education. We pride ourselves on excellence by ensuring that all of our teachers are fully qualified and provide learners with the latest resources and technology, in order to enhance learning.

      Based at the New York Stadium, we boast state of the art classrooms and health space as well as having access to a range of practical facilities in the local area.

      The various study programmes combine academic studies with a practical sporting experience and are aimed at young people who have a passion for sport and a desire to progress to University or employment within the sporting industry.

      We currently offer a number of courses and programmes in the form of:

      Further Education
      Level 1 BTEC ‘Sport & Active Leisure’ (1 Year Full-time)
      Level 2 NCFE Diploma ‘Sport’ (1 Year Full-time)
      Level 3 BTEC Extended Diploma ‘Sport Performance & Excellence’ (2 Years Full-time)
      Higher Education

      Foundation Degree in Community Football Coaching and Development
      Foundation Degree in Sports Coaching and Development
      BSc (Hons) Football Coaching, Development and Administration (Top Up)

      Students who enrol on to any of the courses have the unique opportunity to train and play various sports competitively on a weekly basis against other professional clubs and athletes.

      Rotherham United FC Football Shadow Academy (In partnership with Rotherham United FC)
      Rotherham United Male Football Development Squad
      Rotherham United Women U19’s (Football & Futsal)
      Rugby Academy (in partnership with Rotherham Titans)
      Hockey Academy (in partnership with Rotherham Hockey Club)
      Esports Academy (in partnership with Rotherham Utd Official Esports)

      Rotherham United Community Sports Trust are also delighted to launch a brand new Elite Football Development Programme in partnership with Wickersley School and Sports College.

      This exciting new scholarship aims to give talented young players between the ages of 16 and 18 the chance to combine A-Level studies with a practical football experience.

      Sixth form students at Wickersley School and Sports College will benefit from an extensive football development curriculum delivered by highly qualified and experienced coaches alongside specialist staff delivering other aspects of our multi-discipline training model, including sport science and performance analysis.

      The sixth form football team will compete in the EFL Community and Education Football Alliance League (CEFA), which consists of teams represented by EFL and Premier League Clubs. The league hosts a demanding and high standard of football through which players may progress to Rotherham United FC’s official Under 18s.

      In addition to the football programme, the students will have the option to study a range of A-Level courses at Wickersley School and Sports College.

      To find out more information, please contact education@rotherhamunited.net.

    • Millers support for EFL’s Day of Disabilities

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      Rotherham United will join in uniting with clubs around the country in their support for the EFL’s Day of Disabilities which takes place today on Tuesday 3rd December.

      The EFL’s Day of Disabilities coincides with International Day of Persons with Disabilities which also falls on today’s date and will be celebrated across the world. The aim of the day is for the EFL and its clubs to ensure an inclusive environment for disabled supporters, a belief that we hold with the highest of priorities here at Rotherham United.

      To mark the occasion, the Millers will be re-releasing their informative video on disability/hate crime awareness which was shown in the build up to and on the day of our home match against Oxford United, which was dedicated to raising awareness of hate crimes, whilst promoting the work of a number of our community partners including Sense and the Blind and Deaf Trust. Meanwhile, Millers midfielder Matt Crooks, displayed his ability to sign whilst talking about growing up with the deafness in his family.

      You can watch both videos here:

      Disability/Hate Crime Awareness

      Matt Crooks

      Here at Rotherham United, we are wholeheartedly committed to ensuring that anyone in our community and beyond can come and enjoy the football club. As well as boasting excellent disabled facilities at our AESSEAL New York Stadium home, some of which were recently showcased in our Disabled Facilities Open Day event – the first of its kind in the EFL, we are proud to have the Rotherham United Disabled Supporters Association.

      RUDSA are a group of disabled fans who meet regularly at AESSEAL New York Stadium to provide us with regular feedback on how we can continue to improve the facilities and events that we are able to offer here at Rotherham United, and these meetings are regularly attended by current players and staff and other notable figures associated with the club, as guest speakers.

      On top of this, the club famously honoured one of our most high-profile supporters from years gone by in Derek Dalton, whose name proudly adorns the disabled areas here at AESSEAL New York Stadium. Despite suffering with Polio throughout his life, Derek remained committed to following the Millers up and down the country which led to him being crowned the Shoot Magazine Fan of the Year in 1983 whilst also, during a Royal visit, presenting The Queen with a Rotherham United pennant.

      As the Millers re-release the video which debuted at the home game with Oxford United, Head of Community Jamie Noble expressed his delight at the opportunity to reaffirm the club’s commitment to supporting the EFL’s Day of Disabilities.

      “Whilst we are incredibly proud of the facilities we are able to offer supporters, we refuse to lose sight of the opportunity to improve and will remain committed to ensuring that everyone including our disabled supporters are made to feel welcome here at Rotherham United,” he proudly told www.themillers.co.uk.

      “We feel the content of this video reaffirms how dedicated we are to not just our disabled supporters, but those in the community with a disability and we will continue to reach out to those who are not yet at a stage where they feel they are ready to see the work we do here at Rotherham United, but are interested in doing so.

      “It would be amiss of me not to say how proud of the facilities we have here we are and how much we enjoy working alongside the numerous fantastic charities that work alongside disabled members of our community every day.”

    • Millers recognised as Sports Upstander at #NO2H8CRIME awards

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    • Job vacancy – NCS Senior 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.

      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: NCS Senior Coordinator 
      Duration:  Full time
      Hours: 37.5 hours per week
      Salary: £21,000.00 – £23,000.00 plus residential unsociable hours pay.

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

      Closing date: 8th of November 2019, 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 Foster, NCS Manager on 01709 827767.

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

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

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

    • Thousands of young people will joing a national youth programme through RUCST.

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      From 2020, Rotherham United CST will engage thousands of young people aged 16 and 17, delivering National Citizen Service (NCS), a 4 week programme funded by the Government. 

      In partnership with EFL Trust, RUCST won the contract to continue the delivery of NCS from 2020 onwards joining 65 Delivery Partners that will be managed by EFL Trust.

      NCS is one of the fastest growing youth programmes engaging 500,000 young people since piloting in 2009. The NCS experience will give young people a clearer idea of what they want from their future. They will take on fresh challenges, get a taste of independence and be given a platform to have their voices heard and deliver a social action project that will positively impact their local area. Through EFL Trust, over 1.8 million hours of voluntary work has been delivered addressing local and national issues which young people are passionate about such as mental health, the environment and plastic waste.

      RUFC  has delivered NCS since 2012 engaging over 3,177 young people During that time young people have delivered over 95,310 hours of social action raising £93,903 for local charities in Rotherham community which has included charity evenings, car washing and bake sales.

      Reece graduated NCS with RUCST  in 2018 and believes that the programme has change his life; 

      “I’ve had an amazing time meeting people I’d never dreamed of; I honestly think that they will go on to be lifelong friends.  I didn’t really know much about the graduates programme before NCS, but I will definitely be joining up to carry on my journey.”

      spending my time on NCS challenging myself and doing things I really wasn’t comfortable doing, but couldn’t help being anything other than proud of myself afterwards.”

      Carole Foster, NCS Manager, RUCST is delighted to be part of the new network of NCS delivery partners saying.

      We are excited about the renewed partnership with the EFL Trust as we aim to engage with more young people than ever before in this Rotherham area. With the hope that this will impact the lives of participants and the Rotherham Community

      Chief Executive of NCS Trust, Michael Lynas said;

      “I’m incredibly proud of everything that NCS has achieved in the last ten years. As it moves into the next phase of its life, I’m confident NCS can make a more significant difference for our young people and their communities than ever before.”

    • Arthur Wharton Tournament Success

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      On the 5th of October Rotherham United Community Sports Trust hosted a football tournament in the memory of Arthur Wharton. Arthur is widely regarded as the first professional footballer from a mixed background, born on the 28th October 1865 his career spanned from 1885-1902. Playing as a goalkeeper and winger he represented, Preston North End, Sheffield United and Rotherham Town throughout his career. Arthurs impact in football has been felt since his death in 1930, in 2003 he was inducted into the English Football Hall of Fame,  in 2012 a small statue of Wharton was presented to Sepp Blatter at the headquarters of FIFA where it is permanently on display and on 16th October 2014 a statue honoring Wharton was unveiled at St George’s Park National football center.

      The day hosted at Ferham park attracted 9 teams and 54 players in three categories, 7-10-year old’s, 11-13-year old’s and 14-16-year old’s. With players coming from multiple backgrounds such as White British, Slovakian, Pakistani, Portuguese, Polish and Spanish. The tournament helped bring local communities together such as Ferham, Brinsworth, Eastwood and Rawmarsh. Alongside the football the tournament ran a Caribbean theme, hosting Caribbean music and food in reference to Arthur Wharton’s background.

      Steve Coddington, inclusion coordinator said ‘The day was a success running seamlessly, it is a good chance to bring the community together and show the strength of the Rotherham community. The day attracted notable attendees such as the south Yorkshire fire and rescue who were on hand to educate the players about the job they do in the community. The deputy Mayor of Rotherham Cllr Ian Jones came down to meet the children and run the trophy ceremony at the end of the day. Overall the day helped provide football to the Rotherham community and pay homage to the first professional black footballer, hopefully this event will be able to become an annual thing to tie into the black history month’.

      The winners of the day were, Masbrough A team for the 7 – 10 years, Masbrough B for the 11 – 13 year olds and PL kicks u16’s for the 14 – 16 year olds. Rotherham United congratulate the winners, but also say thank you to every team who entered the tournament.

      For more information on the day, any events we are running for black history month or any inclusion project we run call 01709 827767 or keep an eye out on our social media.

    • RUCST – VACANCY Social Inclusion Manager

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      Rotherham United Community Sports Trust are seeking to appoint an enthusiastic, charismatic and dedicated individual to join our Inclusion 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: Social Inclusion Manager
      Duration:  Full time
      Hours: 37.5 hours
      Salary: Subject to experience

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

      Closing date: 26th July 2019, 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 Noble, Head of Community on 01709 827767.

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

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

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

      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

    • A summer to remember

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      A summer to remember!

      Are you between 15-17 years old? Fancy a change this summer? Want to meet new people, experience new things and discover a new you? The NCS summer programme could be for you!

      The National Citizen Service (NCS) is a 4 week programme which aims to give 15-17 year olds a life changing experiencing. Mums and dads, want to give your teenagers the chance to experience something truly different, life changing and rewarding for the price of £35! Then read on for more details.

      The NCS programme runs over 4 weeks with many exciting activities to keep you active, pushing your own boundaries and learning a great many things.

      • Adventure Your first residential is where you’ll experience the freedom of living away from home whilst making new friends and taking part in fun-filled outdoor activities such as abseiling, rock climbing and canoeing.
      • Discovery Your second residential where you experience University life in your own dorm, cooking your own meals with friends and learning about yourself; with a variety of workshops offered in the University. Let us see who can cook up the best meal in our Masterchef challenge or do you wish to learn first aid skills to save a life or self-defence to help save your own one day? You’ll be able to put new skills onto your CV and UCAS personal statements.
      • Action Working with your new friends to make a difference in Rotherham! Work as a team to deliver a community project which has a lasting positive impact for many. Some of our projects included raising over £1000 for each charitable cause including; Amy’s House, Safe@Last, Children’s Hospital Charity as well as revamping the gardens of Broadacres Care Home and Wentworth Woodhouse. What could you help with this year?
      • Graduation To finish off your experience graduate in style to celebrate your successes over the past four weeks. Graduation opens many doors as a graduate of NCS where you could be part of the graduate youth board, volunteering at NCS events and helping to shape the future of NCS programmes.

      Many of our graduates and parents speak highly of the NCS programme. Find out why below.

      Parent of a wave 2 participant: “It’s given my daughter some fantastic experience in life skills and knowledge of what to expect when going away to university which is why this is valuable”

      Young Person on wave 5: “NCS was a great experience and I would recommend it to anyone as it teaches confidence and new skills. NCS also led me to make friends I’ll have for life!”

      Parent of wave 5 participant: “My son has made so many new friends, gained loads of confidence in himself and generally had the time of his life these holidays. He’s been out and about or 4 full weeks and seemed to have not worried about impending GCSE results, I’m really impressed with the NCS programme.

      Young person on wave 6: “I thoroughly enjoyed my experience on NCS, I wouldn’t have changed anything about it and wish I could do it all over again”.

      Last year, we had 754 participants with 112 of those becoming NCS graduates. 22 young people attend regular youth board meetings and 1 young person went on to become part of the Regional Youth Board.

      Where could the NCS programme take you next?

      For more information visit us on our website: https://www.rucst.co.uk/education/nation-citizen-service-ncs/

      Or contact the NCS team directly on 01709 827767

    • Will Vaulks Visit to Aston Hall Junior and Infant School

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      As part of our Community Trust’s work in local primary schools, Aston Hall Junior and Infant school were surprised with a visit from Will Vaulks!

      The children were over joyed to meet Will and were all keen to ask questions and of course bag a selfie and autograph with the man himself.

      “Since joining the club I have tried to give back as much as possible to the local community and in particular the work of the Community Trust and Bluebell Wood. Of course the work in schools is really important and from a personal point of view, the things I picked up from my sports coaches and teachers helped me progress in football so fingers crossed one day someone from Aston Hall is playing for Rotherham United” added Vaulks.

      Claire Robertson, Primary Education Coordinator for Rotherham United Community Sports Trust said “The children were very excited to meet Will and as always he was fantastic with everyone. Allowing children to have the chance to meet and talk to role models like Will could be a significant event in a child’s life which can impact their future participation in football and other sports, leading to a healthier lifestyle.”

      For more information regarding our work in local schools, please contact Claire on 01709 82776 on crobertson@rotherhamunited.net

      Rotherham United are proud to work in partnership with the Professional Footballers’ Association (PFA) which was formed on 2nd December 1907 and is the world’s longest established professional sportsperson’s union. For more information on the PFA please visit: https://www.thepfa.com/thepfa/about

    • Holiday camps return in February

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      During every school holiday our Sports Development coaches run Future Stars Soccer Camps at Wickersley School and Sports College.

      Future Stars Soccer 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.

      We currently have a variety of sessions available at Wickersley School & Sports College;

      Girls only camp
      Dance camp
      Futsal camp
      Mainstream camp
      Goalkeeping camp
      Disability Camp

      At the end of every camp children are given gifts and have the chance to win medals and prizes, another key feature of our sessions are the visits from RUFC first team players who sign autographs and conduct Q and A sessions with participants.

      If you would like to book online please follow the link; https://officialsoccerschools.co.uk/rotherhamunited/

      If you would like to find out more information please contact Gary Webb on 01709 827767 or email gwebb@rotherhamunited.net.

    • Trust backing Safer Internet Day 2019

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      RUCST has added its support to a global awareness campaign and is encouraging fans to help make the internet a better place this Safer Internet Day.

      On Tuesday 5th February 2019, millions across the UK and globally will be celebrating Safer Internet Day and RUCST has pledged its support along with hundreds of schools and organisations across the UK.

      Coordinated in the UK by the UK Safer Internet Centre, the day is a great opportunity to talk to your family and friends about the responsible, respectful, critical and creative use of technology, and to remember that together we can create a better internet for all of us.

      This week we will be working with young people from across Rotherham to deliver awareness sessions to help them stay safe on the internet as part of our BBC Children in Need and PL Kicks programmes.

      Visit the UK Safer Internet Centre website (www.saferinternet.org.uk) where you can take the Safer Internet Day quiz, download activities to do together, and find out more about what you can do to help your friends and family to stay safe online.

      Together for a better internet

      This Safer Internet Day we are encouraging everyone to think about the ways in which they ask, give and receive consent online, using the hashtag #OurInternetOurChoice and RUCST is calling on fans to get involved by:

      1. Helping your family and friends to have a positive time online by giving them the information they need to stay safe. See advice at saferinternet.org.uk
      1. Promoting positive messages online, whether this is by backing a cause, helping a friend, reporting abuse or by showing support for your football club!
      1. Making the internet a better place this Safer Internet Day by taking positive action online. From liking your friend’s content to sharing kind messages, post online using #SaferInternetDay2019 and #OurInternetOurChoice.
      1. Encouraging everyone to think about the different ways in which they ask, give and receive consent online using the hashtag #OurInternetOurChoice.

      Find out more at www.saferinternet.org.uk

      Join the conversation at #SaferInternetDay2019

      Safer Internet Day is organised in the UK by the UK Safer Internet Centre, which is a partnership of three charitable organisations, Childnet International, the Internet Watch Foundation, and the South West Grid for Learning.

    • New Year New You fitness

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      It’s that time of year again……..

      January is approaching and you will be making the same promise you do every year, get fitter, be healthier, lose weight. If you’re reading this with the dreaded feeling of being back in the gym or braving the January weather on your evening run, then let us help you get excited about exercising.

      Our 12 week programme will allow you to try different activities each week to keep you motivated and having fun. Mixing up your exercise routine is also a great way to keep your body on its toes and get the most out of the hour you are giving up.

      Coupled with diet advice, suggestions of how to keep active throughout the week, and measurements taken at week 1 and 12 you will have all the tools you need to see a new you ahead of spring.

      Book your place today and enjoy Christmas knowing a new you is right around the corner.

      New Year Fitness flyer 2019

      If you would like to find out more information, please contact Emma Schofield on health@rotherhamunited.net or 01709 827767.

    • EFL Day of Disabilities

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      Rotherham United Community Sports Trust (RUCST) supports EFL day of disabilities.

      RUCST will be using the EFL Day of Disabilities to put all the disability programmes under the spotlight. The EFL Day of Disabilities has been timed to coincide with the International Day of Persons with Disabilities.

      All 72 EFL clubs have come together to showcase all of the positive work done within their communities to create an inclusive and supportive environment for their disabled supporters.

      Currently, RUCST offer a variety of provision for service users with disabilities, one of the trusts current projects is funded by South Yorkshire Foundation and provides young people with disabilities an opportunity to gain 6 weeks work experience within a professional industry, within the different departments of the trust. So far RUCST have had 4 young people complete the programme and are looking forward to working with another 6 before the project end in July 2019.

      In addition to the project above, RUCST are delivering a wide variety of sessions that include; reading programmes, PE provision, PPA, lunchtime clubs, after school clubs, , school sports programme and holidays clubs.

      Another successful programme that is delivered by RUCST is the Ability Counts football. Ability Counts is an inclusive football session for young people and adults with disabilities and impairments.

      The teams are pan-disability which means anyone with a disability impairments can be involved, the sessions is for individuals with visual impairment, deaf or hearing impairment, intellectual disability, autism spectrum disorder and physical disability.

      RUCST have 4 teams, u12’s team (ages 7-11), u16’s team (ages 12-15), adult’s championship (16+) and adults league one (16+). Although we have specific age groups, individuals can be moved teams to benefit them due to their ability.

      Not only do the teams train and play regular fixtures, they also take regular trips to football clubs for stadium tours!
      If you would like to find out more information about Rotherham United Community Sports Trust please email community@rotherhamunited.net or 01709 827767

    • Trust host Rotherham Pioneers at the AESSAL New York Stadium

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      60 businesses from across the borough were in attendance on Thursday 3rd of May for the Rotherham Pioneers meeting, where guest speakers included Rotherham United F.C Chairman Tony Stewart, Rotherham United Community Sports Trust Head of Community Jamie Noble & Marathon Man Ray Matthews.

      Rotherham Pioneers is an exclusive group for Rotherham businesses who want to promote our town, celebrate all that is good and grow the Rotherham business community. Pioneers bring together the knowledge, networks and influences locally to promote Rotherham as a great place to do business.

      The Rotherham Pioneers will gain exclusive access to high quality networking events, will hear first-hand about new developments and will find out about business opportunities. You will also gain an insight into Rotherham success stories and be invited on company tours.

      Jamie Noble, Head of Community said “We would like to thank Rotherham Pioneers for coming across to the stadium, Rotherham United Community Sports Trust are not only looking to support the local community but also the local businesses with an aim to help make Rotherham a stronger and better community. Rotherham Pioneers group are a key part of the town and I feel the work they are doing in the local community is second to none.

      If you would like to find out more about Rotherham Pioneers, please visit https://www.rotherhampioneers.co.uk/

    • Ability Counts Adults Premiership Champions

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      On Sunday 8th April our ability counts premiership team were crowned champions of the South Yorkshire Ability Counts League.

      Our title winning campaign started on Sunday 10th September 2017 with an impressive 7-1 win over Club Doncaster Titans and a 4-1 win over Wisewood. Throughout the season we put in some great performances to challenge the toughest teams in the league. The lads played 10 games this season, scoring 33 goals in total and only losing 2 games.

      It all came down to the last two games of the season, with us and Derek Dooley on the same points going into the final set of fixtures. We managed to secure a 2-1 win over Doncaster Communication College which was a very close game and then it was all down to the final game of the season vs City Knights.City Knights had just won 1-0 against Derek Dooley in the previous game, which meant we needed to gain 3 points from City Knights to win the league on goal difference.

      The must win game for Rotherham United started off very close and the score line was 0-0 for the first 20 minutes, with the City Knights keeper pulling off some impressive saves. It went down to the final few minutes, where James Hammond broke through and scored to make it 1-0. The final whistle went and thanks to James Hammond’s last minute goal, Rotherham United were crowned Premiership champions of the South Yorkshire Ability Counts League.

      We would like to congratulate Mickey Parkes, Connor Worrall, Keith Parker, Danny Grubb, Kyle Reid, James Hammond, Callum Majer, Chris Flanaghan, and Chris Sanderson for a fantastic season and thank them for their continued effort in training and matches.

      If you would like to be a part of our ability counts football, please contact Jack Pitchford at jpitchford@rotherhamunited.net or 01709 827767.

    • NCS Graduate becomes member of the Regional Youth Board

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      Rotherham United Community Sports Trust (RUCST) are delighted to announce that Casey Holmes has been granted a place on the NCS Regional Youth Board after successfully completing the NCS Programme with RUCST this summer.

      This summer alone, RUCST saw 546 young people from Rotherham graduate through their NCS Programme. Their journey however does not stop there! Once graduated, participants, or as they are now coined ‘Graduates’, have access to various opportunities to continue their great work – the NCS Regional Youth Board being one of them.

      Casey fought off strong competition through a complex shortlisting process to secure one of only fifteen regional places on the NCS Kick Start Programme after her amazing contributions to this summer’s NCS. The NCS Kick Start Programme is a programme for selected new NCS Graduates to meet each other, familiarise themselves with one another and prepare for their roles within the Regional Youth Board for the next year.

      In a brief interview with the English Football League Trust, Casey said: “My NCS journey was amazing, I had such a brilliant time and made so many friends. The way in which we transformed from a bunch of strangers to great friends in order to make a positive difference to a local charity was brilliant. As I enjoyed my NCS journey that much I didn’t want it to end so when I heard about the Youth Board I applied immediately but I didn’t think I’d be successful. However, when I received the email offering me a place I was over the moon!”

      Dan Horsham, who cohort led Casey through the programme said “Casey thoroughly deserves her place on the Regional Youth Board. She was a wonderful participant who has great potential to make positive change”. RUCST’s NCS Team would like to congratulate Casey on her achievements and wish her all the best in her new role within the Regional Youth Board.

      Casey will be hoping to follow in the footsteps of 2016 NCS Graduate Emma Thompson who has been on the Regional Youth Board for a year and is continuing her involvement again this year. Emma is a perfect role model for NCS graduates as her involvement has helped the NCS experience improve for the next crop of NCSers. Emma echoed Casey’s thoughts and feelings and added “the Regional Youth Board has allowed me to solidify my skills, grow independently and help make a difference for future NCSers”.

      If you or someone you may know is interested in doing NCS and accessing wonderful opportunities like this there are still places available on our Autumn half-term programme departing on the 30th October 2017 or for next year’s Summer 2018 programme.

      For more information on how to sign up contact Rotherham United Community Sports Trust on 01709 827767 or email ncs@rotherhamunited.net. NCS…it all starts at YES!

      casey holmes

      Photo Credit – Benny J Johnson (BEN@BENNYJ.CO.UK)

    • Job-shop moves to Fridays

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      Are you currently unemployed? Looking for FREE information, advice and guidance?

      If the answer is YES – then drop in and use our fantastic facilities to search for the next stage in your career! NO APPOINTMENT NEEDED!

      FREE workshops in;
      Introduction to IT
      UK online courses
      Develop a CV
      How to complete a job application
      Interview skills
      Substance misuse awareness
      Health and Nutrition
      Healthy lifestyle

      Our Millers Job-shop currently runs at the venues stated below..

      The AESSEAL New York Stadium
      10am – 12pm every Friday

      Mowbray Garden Library
      10am – 12pm every Thursday

      If you would like to find out more information regarding the Millers Job-shop please contact Russell Morgan on rmorgan@rotherhamunited.