Our RUCT team is made up of eight young people aged 15 – 16 and last week travelled to the University of Hull to take part in the regional PL Kicks Cup tournament against teams from Hull, Sheffield Wednesday, Grimsby, Barnsley, Huddersfield, Newcastle and Sheffield United.
The team progressed through the group stages winning all but one of their fixtures. They then won against Huddersfield 2-0 in the quarter finals, won on penalties against Sheffield United and were crowned champions when they won 1-0 against Newcastle United.
The team have now qualified for the national PL Kicks Cup Tournament which will take place in the summer at University of Warwick.
Claudio Almedia, Community Sports coach at RUCT, said:
“Congratulations to all of our Kicks players who have won the regional cup! We’re so proud of each and every one of you who put in so much effort and hard work into it all.”
Nathan Carlin, Community Sports coach at RUCT, said: “All the players were exceptional on the day and represented the Trust excellently. All the players got a goal which only added to the success of the day! Now we look forward to the national cup in June!”
The RUCT host their sessions in Maltby, Ferham, Eastwood, New York Stadium, Wath, Clifton, Dinnington, Herringthorpe, Thrybergh, Brinsworth and Kimberworth.
Premier League Kicks is a community programme with a vision to empower young people. It also helps to unlock sporting potential and improve their health and wellbeing to create stronger, safer and more united communities.
As well as other professional clubs, Rotherham United, together with South Yorkshire Police and various youth workers and care professionals, use the power of sport and the value of physical activity to engage young people within deprived areas of the community.
Our mission is to continuously give support to young people aged 8-18 of all backgrounds and abilities by offering a wide range of free sporting activities as well as coaching, musical, educational and personal development sessions to reduce the risk of anti-social behaviour within the areas the sessions are delivered.