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Setting the benchmark for engaging with the local community, Rotherham United Community Sports Trust is inspiring people of all ages to lead healthier, happier and more fulfilling lifestyles through their groundbreaking community projects.

Since 2007, the trust has been working alongside Rotherham United to improve the standard of living across the borough through a range of community development programmes based around four key themes: education, health and wellbeing, inclusion, and sport participation. Along with soccer camps, after school clubs and further education sports academies to encourage more children and young people to take up football, RUCST also work to tackle health issues and help integrate communities. Whether it’s a competitive league to be the biggest weight loss loser, weekly meet-ups for the mature Millers to talk all things football, or an inclusive football scheme for people with disabilities to prove ability counts, the trust is actively working within the community to help people of all walks of life set new goals in life. In recognition of their outstanding community

work, RUCST was recently named Yorkshire & North East Checkatrade Community Club of the Year as part of the 2019 EFL Awards, hosted at the House of Commons back in March. Playing a part in their success, the trust’s main inclusion project ‘Building Stronger Communities’ was hailed for highlighting real areas of need within Rotherham, including antisocial behavior, youth offending, health, community cohesion and integration.

The project uses sport and education to unite multicultural communities, working with both young people and their parents to encourage sport participation and develop English skills. The young people are also given the opportunity to take part in a residential based programme, designed to connect them with others from different communities and engage in local volunteering opportunities.

Jamie Noble, Head of Community, said: “The Community Sport Trust Team work so dedicatedly every single day to deliver high quality activities which make a difference to thousands of people in Rotherham and who ensure the strong partnerships we have


a university-style setting. Living independently in student accommodation in Sheffield, tasks include managing their own budget, cooking meals and taking part in activities such as a neon party or real life Cluedo to build essential life skills. Putting the skills they have learned in the first fortnight into action, the teens are then encouraged to form teams and devise a community project based on an issue they are passionate about making a real difference to. In previous years teams have taken part in a sponsored sleep out for Safe @ Last and a 5k fancy dress themed walk for local pet charity Rain Rescue.

Named regional Community Club of the Year 2019

both vibrant and sustainable.” Another project which the Millers are at the top of their game with is by pioneering the National Citizen Service programme across the Rotherham borough.

Open to teenagers aged 15 to 17, the

four-week NCS scheme empowers young people to spend part of their summer holiday having incredible new experiences, develop new life skills and improve their confidence and give back to their local community through a voluntary project. The current formation sees the first week

‘‘Teams will devise a community project based on an issue they are passionate about. It is a chance to make a real difference in the community’’


offer the participants a sense of freedom away from home with a five-day residential at either the Peak or Lake District, taking on adrenaline-fuelled activities such as rock climbing, canoeing and archery to improve team work and leadership skills. Week two focuses on discovery and gives the young people chance to develop who they are in

The cost of participating in the programme is only £35 per teen as the rest is government funded. If you would like to find out more information, please contact

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As the scheme reaches full-time, the summer ends with a graduation event held at Magna to celebrate their triumphs.

It is fantastic experience for young people for

their CV, whether they are inspired to go on to further education or enter the world of work with increased self-confidence.

Up to 700 young people will be having a summer of a lifetime this year and there are still opportunities for other teens to be part of the action.

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