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Rotherham United Community Sports Trust

RUCST is a community football programme delivering sports and physical activities across Rotherham under four main themes of participation, health, education and cohesion.

The aim of Rotherham United Community Sports Trust Development Plan is to identify new areas of work that would benefit the diverse communities of Rotherham and promote cohesion, education, participation and health.  To plan and implement changes and improvements to make sure that we can fulfil known and unexpected requirements and aspirations that sport environment provides and use the game of football to engage all members of the community.


Our main beneficiaries are children and young people and our regular provisions are listed below

Schools packages

We offer schools good high quality football provisions linked with the national curriculum delivered by our F.A. qualified standard coaches that compliment and reinforce existing school P.E. Programme

Reading programmes

As part of the school package we support reading and literacy, our coaches’ work with children in classrooms and encourage reading. Children are rewarded with football coaching sessions and tickets to attend a home game and the opportunity to be presented with certificates by players at half time. All our staff are Better Reading Partners. We delivering the Reading Inspire Maltby pilot at the moment

Can you Score 100%
This is an initiative with the local authority that encourages regular attendance of children who are likely to be off school or truant, we offer various incentives and prizes to school children who have secured 100% attendance

Soccer Schools

The soccer schools run at half terms and are very popular with parents and children, parents are charged £40.00 for a 5 days programme where children learn key skills in football. Last year we delivered 15 soccer schools with 1000 children and young people accessing them.
In 2003 we were awarded the F.A charter standard for holiday programmes. Talented youngsters are referred to Rotherham United Centre of Excellence where they play football at a higher level. Every professional club has a youth development programme and employs professional coaches to coach 8 to 16 year old with the potential of playing for the club eventually. These current players came through the centre of excellence, Stephen Brogan, Ryan Taylor and David Artell.

After School clubs

We provide football sessions out of school hours, straight after school or Saturday clubs giving children more opportunity to take part in physical activities,

Re-engagement programme

Young people who struggle at school and find it hard to engage in school life with behavioural issues and truancy and exclusions are referred on the programme by schools and other preventative services. They are offered opportunity to shadow are coaches and are mentored by them, they learn through example certain values, commitment, reliability, team work and learn about the work environment, many go back motivated and can appreciate education better as key to their future success.

Modern Apprenticeship scheme

Through the scheme 16 to 24 year olds are offered coach education and career pathway in sport environment. Young people gain hands on experience of coaching under the daily supervision of the Programme Manager.
They have the opportunity to undertake qualifications through Dearne Valley College such as Coaching, Teaching and Instruction NVQ level 2 and Coaching Football Technical Certificate level 2 and also key skills in English, Maths and IT if they need them.
We offer them work based learning and pay their wages whilst Dearne Valley College draws down funding to pay for the qualifications they undertake. Many stay a further few years after their apprenticeship and then go on to employment in the field of sport and education.

National Initiatives and campaigns supported

We believe football is a vehicle to promote humanitarian values that we all share of respect and fairness. We do anti-bullying and anti-racism work in schools and community settings through initiative like ‘Nice to be Nice’ and ‘Kick Racism out of Football, ‘Show Racism the Red Card’ and ‘Hope Not Hate’ campaign.


Other provisions for 2009

South Asian father & son project
Girls Football
Disability Sport sessions
Fit For Football
Activities for 50 plus
Family Learning
Community Sport Festivals


Partnership working

Ferham Sport Festival last year in partnership with RMBC Sport Development, REMA, South Yorkshire Police and local sport clubs, local elected members.

Health projects with PCT, smoking cessation, BME health trainers

Family Learning Clifton Partnership, Families of Rotherham East

Roma Project- Unity Centre

Kick Racism Out of Football tournament, Eastwood and Springwell Garden Pathfinder, Parkgate Shopping, Youth Service, Schools, RMBC Sport Development

Comments from beneficiaries & partners

I would like to congratulate you for the work you are doing with BME communities making football more inclusive and breaking down barriers – A Masid (parent)

Liked having football sessions at weekend when it is boring nothing to do….we have to go to mosque Saturday sessions were good for us we could then play more football (young person)

Every Child Matters Outcomes

Stay Safe

From bullying and discrimination
Anti bullying and anti racism work (nice to be nice, Kick Racism out of football, Show Racism the red card)

From crime or anti-social behaviour
Twilight sessions

Be Healthy

Be physically healthy
Football & Sport Sessions

Have a healthy lifestyle
Healthy eating workshops, family learning around health

Enjoy and Achieve

Attend and enjoy school
Football Competitions & Penalty Shoot outs

Achieve educational standards at primary level
Reading programmes – as part of the school package we support reading and literacy, our coaches work With children in classrooms and encourage reading, with rewards such as football coaching sessions or tickets to home games.

Enjoy recreation
After school and half term sports

Achieve Economic Wellbeing

Engage in further education, employment and training
Modern Apprenticeships

Be ready for employment
New volunteer programme

Make a Positive Contribution

Engage in decision-making
Rotherham Unites Youth Forum

Choose not to offend, re-offend or engage in anti-social behaviour
Twilight Sessions. School re-engagement projects

Choose not to bully or discriminate
Anti racism & bullying work

Develop self confidence and enterprising behaviours
Volunteering. Work Placements.

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Company Limited by Guarantee No: 6451012.
Registered Charity No: 1123692.

Rotherham United Community Sports Trust provide short breaks for disabled children and young people.

Contact Details

Mangham Road, Barbot Hall Industrial Estate,
Rotherham, S61 4RJ
T: 01709 827767
E: or

Geographical area served

  • Wentworth North
  • Wentworth South
  • Wentworth Valley
  • Rotherham North
  • Rotherham South
  • Rother Valley West
  • Rother Valley South

Age ranges served

  • Primary 5-9
  • Primary 9-11
  • Secondary 11-13
  • Secondary 13-16
  • 16-19
  • 19-25 (for young people with disabilities and special needs)


Rotherham United Community Sports Trust employs 9 staff.

Management, Counselling, Youth work


Rotherham United Community Sports Trust has 9 volunteers.

Fulfilment of statutory requirements, which will be met in house. Disability awareness, coaching teaching instructing NVQ Level 3, FA Training Sheffield Hallam, PCT Coronary Awareness


Approx 15,000


Knowledge of communities we work with, knowledge of the areas, the people and organisations working in them. The Rotherham United Football club brand is a good marketing tool, access to first team players and getting them to support out projects such as Inspire Rotherham (All the players have been trained by Reading Matters and supported us in three Maltby primary schools, attending celebrations, giving talks etc) Also we have a strong working relationship with the statutory sector such as RMBC sport Development, Youth Service, Area Assemblies and the PCT also with other sport deliverers like Rotherham Titans to enable collaborative and partnership work

And for the Future...

To recruit Cohesion Sport Officer, Disability Sport Officer, School –Club link Officer, Women Sport Development Officer

Additional information

  • Nominated Child Protection Officer
  • CRB checks

Policies in Place

  • Child Protection Policy
  • Equality & Diversity Policy
  • Recruitment & Selection Policy
  • Data Protection Policy
  • Volunteer Policy
  • Complaints Procedure
  • Disciplinary and Grievance Procedure
  • Environmental Policy
  • Training and Development Plan