NEWS | RUCST celebrates Volunteers’ week

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

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

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

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

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

Head of Education James Mahoney said: 

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

Caitlin Cooper at our Spring Future Stars Football Camp.

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

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

Head of Community Jamie Noble said: 

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

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

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

Calem, our Maltby Kicks Skateboard coach in action.

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

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