The Rotherham United Community Sports Trust’s ‘United 4 Communities’ (U4C) has scooped the ‘Young Cohort of the Year’ award at the Levelling the Playing Field’s Regional Awards.
The Trust’s U4C programme was praised for its commitment to not only improving the mental and physical well-being of its participants but also, its dedication to providing a safe space for refugees and asylum seekers who live in Rotherham.
The United 4 Communities (U4C) group is formed of refugees and asylum seekers who live in Rotherham. The group gets together to play football and RUCST works with participants to help them to improve their mental and physical wellbeing work and supports their integration into the local community.
Many of the group’s young players have joined local grassroots clubs and some of them now work with The Trust as volunteers and have gained coaching qualifications.
The awards ceremony, which was held at Concord Sports Centre in Sheffield, bought together community organisations in the Levelling the Playing Field network across South Yorkshire, all of whom use sport and physical activity to engage ethnically diverse young people and achieve positive change.
Anthony Bayou, Youth and Inclusion Manager at Rotherham United Community Sports Trust, said: “We’re delighted to win the Young Cohort of the Year award as it celebrates not only our fantastic programme but also celebrates the success of our young participants.
“Since our U4C programme was implemented in 2017, it’s been fantastic to see so many of the participants progress their involvement with the Trust with volunteering opportunities and joining grassroots clubs. It’s so rewarding to know we’re making a real difference to the lives of the people involved.
“We’re so proud that we now have around 40 participants involved in the U4C programme.
“Congratulations to all involved!”
Ben Bagshaw, Community Coach at Rotherham United Community Sports Trust, said: “We do a lot of hard work with our United 4 Communities group, and I think we’ve earned this award as the impact we’re having on our participants has been awesome.”
For more information on the United 4 Community initiative and how to get involved contact Anthony on email@example.com.