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  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.” 

  5. 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

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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

  9. 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

  10. 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.

  11. 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/  

  12. 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.

    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.

  13. 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

  14. 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.

    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

  15. 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

  16. 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

  17. 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’. 

  18. 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.

    Click on the icons below for more information

  19. 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.

  20. 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.

  21. 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

  22. 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

  23. 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.

  24. 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

  25. 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

  26. 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.

  27. 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

  28. 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

  29. 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/

  30. 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.

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    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)

  31. 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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  32. 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

  33. 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

  34. 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.

  35. 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.”

  36. 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.”

  37. 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.

  38. 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.”

  39. 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.

  40. 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

  41. 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

  42. 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

  43. 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.

  44. 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.

  45. 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.

  46. 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

  47. 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/

  48. 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.

  49. 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)

  50. 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.

  51. Mentalk Health Workshops

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    Mentalk Health Workshops

    Our new project MENTALk HEALTH will focus on both physical and mental health by offering a combination of free weekly physical exercise sessions and free monthly wellbeing workshops at the ASSEAL New York Stadium for anyone who signs up to the programme!

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

    The workshops will be running on a monthly basis on the following dates, 6pm – 8pm:

    Understanding Depression
    Monday 23rd May 2016, Jane Taylor

    Talking B****cks Includes; Testicular cancer, erectile dysfunction, men’s health statistics, and barriers to men accessing help.
    Monday 27th June 2016, Kevin Bryson and Nick Sennitt

    Where’s your head at Includes; Male mental health, domestic abuse, an overview of depression and anxiety, the symptoms, and how men cope.
    Monday 1stt August 2016, Kevin Bryson and Nick Sennitt

    Managing anxiety and stress
    22nd August 2016, Jane Taylor

    Male identity/Anger? – to be thought about in more depth.
    Monday 26th September 2016, Nick Sennitt /Kevin Bryson and Georgina Williams

    Helpful habits for sleep Includes; what is sleep? The most common sleep issues, different approaches that work to improve sleep from a holistic perspective.
    Monday 24th October 2016, Nick Sennitt and Georgina Williams

  52. Fisherman’s friends

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    We are pleased to announce the launch of our new inclusion fishing group “Fisherman’s friends”.

    The group is made up of people who have been referred to the trust from Voluntary Action Rotherham’s mental health Social prescribing service.

    The majority of the men used to fish but no longer do so because of issues such as transport, cost, lack of equipment and health issues. Fishing has been proven to enhance mental wellbeing and has both social and therapeutic benefits so this was something the Trust was keen to get involved in.

    Without hesitation we teamed up with our National Citizen Service department and asked if any of their young people from the spring programme would be interested in fundraising for us.

    The NCS Participants received a Dragon’s Den style pitch from Fisherman’s Friends representatives and heard about what fishing meant to them and how it would help them in regards to their experience with mental health. The emotive presentation certainly struck a chord with the NCS participants and two teams decided to deliver a social action project on the group’s behalf raising an incredible £551.50!

    The funds have enabled us to get the group up and running and contributed to buying T-shirts for each participant, securing transport and buying each individual licenses and permits. Special thanks must be given to Martin Reed for allowing us to use Bakers Pond in Kilnhurst at a discounted rate and for supporting the group and its aim.

    Since word got out about the group we have also received a generous sponsor from KDL Design and storage LTD based at Wath upon Dearne. Company Director Damon Woodhouse said “I myself know how it feels to experience mental health difficulties and fishing has always been something I have done to relax and relieve some of the day to day stresses you face. KDL are delighted to be the official sponsor of this group”

    The sponsorship will be used to support the group throughout the year and to pay for a day trip of fishing during the summer.

    If you would like to get involved, donate or sponsor the group please contact trace@rotherhamunited.net or call 07961108640KDLcheque

  53. Trust shortlisted for Community Club of the Year 2016

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    Rotherham United have been nominated for Community Club of the Year…

    Rotherham United’s Community Sports Trust have been nominated for the Johnstone’s Paint Community Club of the Year at the upcoming Football League Awards.

    The Trust have been nominated for the prestigious gong alongside Burnley, Burton Albion, Charlton Athletic, Brighton and Hove Albion and Cardiff City.

    The shortlists for the awards were announced by the Football League today, with the annual ceremony celebrating the on and off pitch excellence across the League’s 72 clubs.

    “We are absolutely thrilled to have been nominated for the Community Club of the Year award again,” said head of community Jamie Noble.

    “It has been another successful year for the Trust, and after I told the staff the news this afternoon, the whole office has been absolutely buzzing.

    “A big factor behind our nomination was the work we have put together around supporting individuals with mental health issues, using sport as a vehicle to reduce the effects of the condition.

    “Whilst that was our major project for the year, we have also been commended for our work in a host of other areas including education, sports participation and inclusion.

    “The staff have worked tirelessly in the past year and this nomination is testament to the hard work and commitment of a number of individuals.”

    The nomination process for the Community Club of the Year award has already seen the Millers scoop a regional prize, with the club coming out on top in the North East and Yorkshire category.

    The Trust won the award back in 2012 and are looking to scoop the prize again when the winners are announced at a gala ceremony on Sunday 17th April in Manchester.

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  54. Trust supports International Women’s Day

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    International women’s day

    International Women’s Day celebrates the achievements of women all around the world, it promotes equality which is where everyone is allowed to achieve no matter who they are, where they come from, or whether they are male or female.

    To mark international Women’s day, Rotherham United Community Sports Trust will be taking a closer look at their female staff and what inspirational work they are doing in our local community.

    Zanib Rasool (MBE) Partnership & development Manager

    Zanib is the longest serving and most senior Female staff member at RUCST, she has been working for the trust in excess of 8 years providing quality managerial and partnership skills. Zanib has created numerous job opportunities through funding applications and grants received to help better Rotherham as a whole. Zanib is one of the most important staff member within RUCST and has raised over £2,000,000.00 all of which has been invested back in to Rotherham. Zanib was awarded with the much deserved MBE in 2014 for all the hard work and commitment to the community of Rotherham.

    Abbi Walker – Health Assistant

    Abbi Joined RUCST over 3 years ago on our Sports apprenticeship programme where she gained Activity Leadership Level 2 & Customer Service Level 3 qualifications. Abbi showed great potential and was offered a permanent job after she graduated the apprenticeship scheme, and is now working as a health Assistant for our Health and Wellbeing department gaining vital experience and additional qualifications to further her career.

    Alix Dickens – Women & Girls Coordinator

    Alix also Joined RUCST 3 years ago at the same time as Abbi, on our Sports apprenticeship programme where she gained Activity Leadership Level 2 & Customer Service Level 3 qualifications. Alix showed great potential and was offered a permanent job after she graduated the apprenticeship scheme, and is now working as the Women & Girls Coordinator for our Sport Development department gaining vital experience and additional qualifications to further her career.

    Carole Foster – NCS Project Manager

    Carole has been working with RUCST for over 3 years, initially delivering provision for our Educational programmes working with both primary and secondary school pupils. However an opportunity came available within RUCST for the position of NCS Project Manager, Carole was successful with the application process and has been relentlessly working within the NCS department. RUCST is statistically the best NCS project in the Yorkshire and Humber region in regards to recruitment and retention.

    Gemma Wright – Apprentice NCS Administrator

    Gemma has been involved in Volunteering/Working with RUCST for nearly 2 years, Gemma initially started volunteering as an administrator for all departments within RUCST where she gained valuable experience and knowledge, from this Gemma was offered an apprenticeship scheme working primarily in the NCS team ensuring the sign up paper work is processed correctly and dealing with any NCS related administrative duties.

    Kirsty Maxey – Sports Tutor

    Kirsty started off at RUCST on placement almost 2 years ago whilst studying for her PGCE Shadowing former employees Andy Warrington & Mark Wilkinson, Kirsty showed great potential and knowledge throughout her placement. An opportunity arose with the Education department and Kirsty has now been teaching BTEC qualification for both Rotherham Collage and our BTEC Level 3 futsal course.

    Lauren Kerry– Health Officer and trained nutritionist

    Lauren has been a part of our Health and Wellbeing team for 18 months, delivering high quality health sessions to various schools and communities across Rotherham. Ever since Lauren has been working for RUCST she has developed the Health and Wellbeing Department from her own skills and knowledge, offering a different style of learning we were unable to give until she came into employment. Lauren has is a qualified nutritionist who has worked with Team GB athletes.

    Ruth Dobson– NCS Project Officer

    Ruth Joined our NCS team close to 2 years ago to provide quality residential and team leader skills and experience to the department, Ruth along with Carole and the rest of the team have made exceptional progress in making RUCST a leading NCS provider in our region, which offers young people aged 15-17 in Rotherham a once in a life time experience. Ruth also helps deliver the graduate programme where NCS participants gain valuable skills to help them become an NCS Team Leaders Assistant on the next programme.

    Sarah Newbould – School Sports Coordinator

    Sarah is one of the longest serving female members of staff at RUCST has been a part of our team for 4 years, she has built up fantastic relationships with numerous schools throughout Rotherham. Sarah is an essential part of the Sport Development Team provides quality coaching sessions at both schools and holiday camps. Sarah has delivered sessions to roughly 52000 children.

    Trudi Race– Disability Officer

    Trudi joined our Inclusion Team close to 2 years ago to manage and deliver our Sport England funded programme along with other projects, since her appointment Trudi has gained valuable links and partnerships with other organisations in Rotherham and set up hugely successful programmes to help people with a variety of Mental Health illnesses. Trudi thrives of giving everyone the help they need to prosper building fantastic relationships with participants accessing the project.

  55. RUCST to host all girls tournament

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    RUCST to host all girls tournament

    On Friday 8th April at The AESSEAL New York Stadium we are hosting the UEFA Women’s Euro 2017 qualifying campaign England v Belgium.  Tickets for the match are on sale now priced at £5 for adults and £2.50 for children. A family ticket (two adults and two children) is available at £10 and group booking and charter standard discounts apply.

    In partnership with the FA, the THIS GIRL CAN campaign and linked with UEFA Women’s Euro 2017 qualifying game, Rotherham United Community Sports Trust are hosting their very own year 6 girls football tournament at Sheffield Hallam University Sports Park during the day before the match and the two finalists will go onto play on the pitch at New York Stadium during the half time interval where they will battle it out to try and become tournament winners.

    Jamie Noble, Head of Community said “Hosting an international women’s game at the AESSEAL New York Stadium is not only a great honour as a club, but it give us the opportunity to promote and celebrate the women’s a game. The work Rotherham united community sports trust does in partnership with the Football League Trust, the FA and Sport England has increased participation in football directly with over 600 new women and girls in the last year.”

    “We are further engaging with the schools to have a number of girls participating in a tournament on the day of the game to give them a fun event which they don’t have access on a regular basis in schools and then showcase their skills on the pitch at half time to find a winner”

    Since running Female Football Development & This Girl can projects we have built great links with Brinsworth Whitehill FC (Rotherham United Whitehill Girls FC), If any girls are looking to get involved or would like to find out more information please contact us via email at community@rotherhamunited.net.

  56. Hate Crime Reporting Centres

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    Rotherham United Community Sports Trust is a new Community Hate Crime Reporting Centres

    Community hate crime reporting centres provide a valuable service to help people report their concerns about hate crime and harassment, particularly where they may not feel confident to approach the Police or Council directly. There are currently sixteen voluntary and community sector organisations in Rotherham who are hate crime reporting centres. Together, they support a wide and diverse range of community members.

    What is a hate crime?

    The Police and Crown Prosecution Service have agreed a common definition of hate incidents – this is any incident that the victim or anyone else thinks was motivated by hostility or prejudice based on one of the following personal characteristics:

    • Disability (including physical disability, sensory impairments, learning disabilities, mental ill-health, long term illness or health conditions)
    • Race or ethnicity
    • Religion or belief
    • Sexual orientation (for example lesbian, gay or bisexual people)
    • Transgender identity (for example trans women or men or gender reassignment)

     

    Hate incidents can be verbal abuse, like name-calling or offensive jokes; bullying or intimidation; physical attacks; threats; online abuse for example on social media; displaying or circulating discriminatory literature; damage to your home or possessions; or abuse of friendships – this is sometimes called “mate crime”.

    When hate incidents become criminal offences they are known as hate crimes. Hate incidents often escalate to crimes or tension in a community. For this reason the Police are concerned about hate incidents as well as hate crimes. The Police can only prosecute when the law is broken but they can work with the Council and other partners to try and prevent any escalation in seriousness.

    If you attend any of our provision and have had an incident or have witnessed an incident, please talk to member of our staff delivering the session.

    You can also email us at community@rotherhamunited.net or on 01709 827767

  57. Trio set for Yorkshire to Amsterdam challenge

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    Preparations in full swing for Millers’ cycling team

    Next year three intrepid Rotherham United supporters will saddle up for Prostate Cancer UK’s Football to Amsterdam bike ride.

    Craige Spencer, Trevor Price and Paul Truin will put their feet to the pedals as they represent the Millers in a journey that begins at Barnsley’s Oakwell Stadium on Friday 3rd June and concludes at the Ajax Arena in Amsterdam.

    The trio are all fully immersed in training for the event and have already started their fundraising efforts for the UK’s largest men’s health charity.

    Trevor, who is a cycling novice, has had his preparations stalled by an injury last month, but is keen not to let that effect his attempts to raise money for a charity that is close to his heart.

    “I started cycling in June and I wanted to do 50 a mile a week and I was doing that. Then, about a month ago, I came off my bike and broke four ribs,” he explained.

    “This is the first real involvement I’ve had with cycling. I’ve always had a pushbike but this is the first time I’ve had a road bike since I was about 15. My dad was diagnosed with Prostate Cancer in 2001 and he made a full recovery but it’s a big thing and we need more men to be aware of the disease.”

    Meanwhile, Paul boasts experience from previous rides but is relishing the challenge of trading Yorkshire for the Netherlands next summer.

    “I started cycling about four and a half years ago,” he told www.themillers.co.uk

    “I really got into it alongside my partner who is very much the cyclist now and for the past two and a half seasons we’ve been promoting cycling to the AESSEAL New York Stadium.

    “I’ve been affected by cancer in my family, so this is a charity which is one that I am really happy to support.”

    Paul and Trevor will have experience to lean on as they embark upon their journey to the Netherlands, with Craige having completed the London to Amsterdam ride alongside Paul Warne in 2014.

    “I’m looking forward to taking part in the ride again for this brilliant cause,” Craige enthused.

    “It was tough last time but I really enjoyed myself and it’s a thoroughly rewarding feeling at the end of it all.”

    You can help the Trio raise money for this great cause by donating directly to their fundraising page – https://www.justgiving.com/paul-rowland-truin.

    JustGiving sends your donation straight to PROSTATE CANCER UK and automatically reclaims Gift Aid if you are a UK taxpayer, so your donation is worth even more.

  58. Can you foster? – Be a local hero!

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    Can you foster? – Be a local hero!

    Foster carers transform children’s lives

    Rotherham’s foster carers provide warm, loving, family homes in the heart of the community.

    They help our children stay close to the things that matter most, like family, friends and school.

    That’s why they’re our local heroes.

    Watch the videos below – their stories will inspire you!

    Please visit https://www.rotherhamhero.co.uk/ for more information.

  59. The Millers attend LEAF Event at Magna

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    The Millers attend LEAF Event at Magna

    Rotherham United players Grant Ward, Aidy White & Paul Green attended the LEAF event at Magna on Monday 16th November.

    LEAF is organised by Mears/Morrisons, Job Centre Plus, Barnsley & Rotherham Chamber and RMBC. The event attracted almost 1,000 attendees throughout the day and 71 exhibitors. Businesses spoke to Rotherham Secondary School, College students and jobseekers about the range of roles within their particular sectors, the skills and qualifications needed to access these roles and the wider employability skills that they are looking for when completing application forms and attending job interviews.

    Grant Ward, Aidy White & Paul Green presented Judges Commendations to ‘runners up’ of the Rotherham Young Entrepreneur of the Year Awards 2015.

    They presented certificates and cheques for £50 to:

    Adam Tinsley – F1 Showcars
    Alexandra Hans – The Cornerspace
    Alicia Favell – Favell Recruitment
    Cade Darwin – Simple Office Solutions
    Lewis Houghton – Lewbot Art
    Jack Norman – Pie Eyed

    Jamie Noble (Head of Rotherham United Community sports Trust) said “LEAF (Local Employment and Advisory Forum) is a fantastic event which gives local businesses and entrepreneurs a change to showcase their fantastic work, The players thoroughly enjoyed attending the event, viewing all the fantastic stalls and interacting with the community who show support for the players every game at the Aesseal New York Stadium”

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  60. Cycle hub visits NYS this Saturday

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    Cycle hub visits NYS this Saturday

    Rotherham United are proud to announce the ‘one-stop’ mobile cycle hub will be at the Aesseal New York Stadium for the Ipswich fixture on the 7th of November!

    ‘One-stop’ mobile cycle hub has been travelling around the borough visiting various locations and businesses, the new hub vehicle is a ‘one-stop shop’ for everything to do with bikes, including repairs, cycle hire, riding skills and training as well as information and advice.

    The new Hub is being delivered on behalf of Rotherham Council by CycleBoost in partnership with Inmotion!. The scheme aims to promote sustainable travel and encourage more people to replace shorter car journeys by travelling by bike.

    Jamie Noble, Head of Community said “it’s a fantastic idea, not only is it good for the environment it saves costs on expenses such as fuel and parking! But most importantly the ‘One-stop’ mobile cycle hub gives the fans an opportunity to participate a healthier life style.

    The football club is committed to making the Rotherham public more physically active and healthier whilst at the same time trying to make match experiences the best they can be for all fans. We have had a bike park since the stadium opened which our fans may not be aware of due to its positioning”

    For more information, please email Jamie Noble, Head of Community on jnoble@rotherhamunited.net

     

  61. JOHNSTONE’S TRADE TO DELIVER COMMUNITY SPIRIT

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    JOHNSTONE’S TRADE TO DELIVER COMMUNITY SPIRIT

    Rotherham United is throwing its support behind a nationwide campaign for a community project or charity to win a re-decoration makeover worth up to £10,000.

    Charities and community groups have until Friday 11th December to let Johnstone’s Trade know why their project is deserving of a redecoration by completing the application form at www.johnstonestrade.com/communityspirit.

    Any charity or community project in Rotherham is welcome to apply.

    The Community Spirit campaign is run in conjunction with the Football League Trophy, which is being sponsored by Johnstone’s for the tenth consecutive season in 2015-16.

    The 48 clubs involved in this season’s Johnstone’s Paint Trophy – as well as 24 clubs from the Sky Bet Championship – are being urged to encourage as many charities or community projects from their local area to enter.

    Last year’s Johnstone’s Trade Community Spirit campaign saw Milton Keynes-based charity MK Snap – which offers support to more than 100 people in the city with learning difficulties – see off competition from scores of other charities and community groups to win the makeover.

    MK Snap was one of four shortlisted projects, along with entries from Portsmouth, Preston and Dagenham, but came out on top of a national public vote and saw its facility receive a colourful makeover.

    This year’s competition will follow the same process with the general public invited to vote for one of four shortlisted finalists to win the prize.

    Richard Mazurkiewicz, marketing manager for Johnstone’s Trade, said: “After the success of last year’s Johnstone’s Community Spirit campaign, we are delighted to be offering this fantastic opportunity for charities and community groups in Rotherham.

    “There is no project too small – whether it be a rundown scout hut, a school in need of a makeover or a community centre requiring a lick of paint.

    “The only proviso is that the facility or group must provide a community benefit.

    “Johnstone’s Trade has always maintained a strong commitment to working closely with local communities and this exciting campaign allows us to focus on that.”

    After being announced as the winner, Maureen McColl, chief executive of MK Snap, said: “We were thrilled to win the Johnstone’s Trade Community Spirit competition and the difference the re-decoration has made to the centre is incredible.

    “Our learners all have a very positive outlook on life and now they have a colourful and vibrant environment in which to come into every day.

    “I would urge all charities and community projects to enter the competition because it can transform the environment in which they work.”

    Johnstone’s has been bringing colour to the beautiful game through its sponsorship of the Football League Trophy since 2006.

  62. U4C forge a link with new sponsor

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    U4C forge a link with new sponsor

    United 4 Communities are delighted to announce a partnership with new club sponsor Gary Bluff Projects. The partnership will see branding on the United 4 Communities adult team home shirts and also on all u16’s training kit which has been purchased through the generous donation. Gary Bluff Projects are a specialist contractor working in the restaurant and leisure sector. A spokesperson for Gary Bluff projects commented: “We felt that this was a great opportunity to help the youngsters do something rewarding with their spare time, and also help the local community”

    Nathan Carlin United 4 Communities FC Manager added “we are delighted with the support we have been given, clubs like ours don’t operate without like-minded people who value what we are doing. We pride ourselves on offering football for everyone, we have started the season really well and hopefully this will continue”

    For more information on United 4 Communities FC please contact Nathan Carlin on 01709827767 or via email ncarlin@rotherhamunited.net

  63. RUCST support Screwball Rally charity event

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    On the 24th of September 2015 Dean Burgin, Tony Lacey and Richard Stanley took part in the screwball rally in a Honda Prelude along with another 106 Vehicles. The challenge was to take a vehicle that cost no more than £700 and travel 2000+ miles through 8 countries around Europe in 4 days for charity.

    The car they used was a 21 year old Honda Prelude ‘The Lude’ costing a total of £370, which wouldn’t have been roadworthy without the help of sponsors who kindly donated either their services or funds.

    Dean, Tony and Richard have raised close to £4000.00 for Help the Heroes through this event, meaning the total they have raised so far including previous charity fundraising events with all The New County customers is approaching the £8000.00 mark.

    Jamie Noble, Head of Community said “were happy to support this amazing fundraising cause for such a great charity, they carried the RUFC crest on their car and we would like people to give to the auction. Lots of RUFC fans raise money for well worth causes and as a community club we want to support our fans in their efforts”

    The County has a fun day planned on Thursday 22nd of October 2015 with a comedian and 4 singers. Raffle and auction to raise even more and another one at The Effingham Arms at Kimberworth on November 7th.

    If you would like to contribute to this fantastic cause, you can donate via the New County pub in the collection boxes or online here

    Or alternatively, if you want to donate services to help ready the vehicles for next year, please Contact Dean Burgin on 07592196504 or email deanburgin2016@gmail.com

  64. Millers Matters – August 2015

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    Millers Matters – August 2015

    The latest edition of RUCST Millers Matters News Letter is available at the link below, Millers Matters gives you monthly updates from our three main themes; Education, Health and Wellbeing and Sport and Community Development.

    August Millers Matters 2015

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  65. CRB Doors Sponsors Rotherham United CST Volunteer’s Trip To Africa

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    CRB Doors Sponsors RUCST Volunteer’s Trip To Africa

    Chris Barnes presented Mitch Morton with sponsorship on behalf of CRB Door Repairs. CRB Door Repairs is a commercial partner of Rotherham United FC and has continuously supported the work of both the club and its work in the community.

    The sponsorship will provide Mitch the opportunity to travel to Africa this summer along with the other Rotherham United Community Sports Trust volunteers and Africa’s Gift.

    Africa’s Gift are working together with the Community Sports Trust to take a team of young volunteers to Africa to work on a school refurbishment and food growing project in a township just outside Cape Town.

    The volunteers will also lead sports workshops and sharing their skills with the underprivileged children. The visit will be hugely developmental for those involved and will provide an insight to life in a very tough part of the world.

    Jamie Noble, Head of Community Said “I would like to thank Chris for his amazing generosity to supporting our visit to Africa. The trip is an expansion to the work we do in Rotherham and will see 13 young people traveling to South Africa to work in a project supporting the building of a school, delivery of sports activities and the teaching of English.”

    CRB doors has an open day on Saturday the 27th June to celebrate moving to new premises. If you require a new garage door or are looking for an efficient experienced door and shutter repair team which has the ability to repair, service and maintain your doors and shutters regardless of the size, scale and location please visit CRB Door Repairs this Saturday at the grand opening of their new premise at Parkgate – call CRB Door Repairs on 01266 298 100 or email: info@crbdoorsystems.co.uk

  66. Rotherham United Ladies FC now recruiting

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    Rotherham United Ladies FC now recruiting

    RULFC are looking for new players to join them as they gear up for another season in the FA Women’s Premier League Midlands Division 1 2015/16 campaign.

    Players must have relevant playing experience to be able to compete at a good level in what will be a very demanding season. Players must also be prepared to show full commitment and be aware that travelling plays a big part, especially when it comes to away games.

    Jamie Noble, Head of Community commented: “Rotherham United Ladies FC has made a name for themselves both in the national and regional arena. Currently there are six teams playing under the Rotherham United Ladies umbrella and we are now looking for more players to join us in the upcoming season at all age groups. We have recently held trials for our girls section that we run in partnership with Brinsworth Whitehill and our Development squad and now we are looking for females 18+ to join our ladies team to complement the fantastic squad we already have.”

    Simon Walker, Ladies Manager went on to say “last season was quite tough as we had a small but very good squad, however because of injuries and illnesses we sometimes struggled for a full bench. We need half a dozen ladies to come in and compete for a starting place to keep the squad fresh and improve what we already have.”

    If you are interested in joining RULFC and want to discuss further then please contact the Manager Simon Walker on 07886404172 or simonwalker2@hotmail.com .

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