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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mini Millers sessions will now take place on:

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

Future stars mixed sessions will take place on:

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

Future Stars GIRLS sessions will take place on:

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

To book online, click HERE.

For more information, email apilgrim@rotherhamunited.net