Celebrating 1 year since the UEFA Women’s Euros matches at the New York Stadium
In July last year, here at the AESSEAL New York Stadium, we were honoured to be a host for the UEFA Women’s Euros 2022. In the year that has passed, the team at Rotherham United Community Trust have been encouraging football for women and girls across Rotherham.
From launching new pathways for girls in RUFC programmes, to our girls only holiday camps, and over 300 girls taking part in our Emerging Talent Centre trials we have opened a new door for many women and girls to get involved in football. We also hosted the #HerGameTooShield at the AESSEAL Stadium, definitely a night to remember, which saw the Rotherham United Women’s Football Club take home the trophy!
Ashley Donovan, our Football Development Officer & ETC Lead, said “It’s amazing to see so many females getting involved from all over Rotherham. To be able to give them a platform to showcase and develop is a great thing, and hopefully our female pathway should be able to grow giving more girls and women an opportunity in our community.”
Girls Emerging Talent Centre
As the Girls ETC Trials for 2023 come to an end, the talent we have seen across Rotherham has blown the team away. From the ETC Trials we aim to give selected participants the opportunity to join our ETC pathways, train twice a week with UEFA B coaches and have individual development plans. Last season, we got girls from the ETC programme to play on the New York Stadium pitch, flag bearing, being ball girls for the RUFC first team and some exciting fixtures against other national teams.
Girls Only Holiday Camps
As a new addition to our school holiday camps, we introduced a girls only football camp, which have been a huge success! These sessions are for girls aged 5-15 and for everyone no matter what their experience is in football, over 80 girls have attended the camps so far in May and over the Summer.
Her Game Too Shield
The AESSEAL New York Stadium was host to the first ever Her Game Too Shield which saw Rotherham United Women’s FC take on Mansfield Town Ladies FC. The Rotherham Ladies took home the trophy with a fantastic crowd of 1,124 people, creating a new legacy for Women’s football in Rotherham.
This year we have been awarded a small funding grant from Sheffield and Hallamshire FA, through this we have been able to get access to three powerchairs donated by Middlesborough PFC. We would like to thank them massively for this donation, as we are now able to relaunch Powerchair Football in Rotherham.
This will add a new aspect of disability sports to Rotherham, as the nearest Powerchair Football provision is currently in Leeds. So we are honoured to be able to offer Powerchair Football to the disabled community, with sessions starting in October 2023.
Sam Parkin, Youth & Inclusion Coordinator, said “As a trust we are always looking at the provision we offer and how we can improve this, we have been working for some time on being able to bring Powerchair Football to the area. We couldn’t have done it without the support of Julie from SHFA and Adam, Ryan and Paul from The WFA. We can’t wait to get the sessions started, the aim is to be in a position to enter the PF League in the near future and have our very own Powerchair Football Club under the Rotherham United banner”.