Rotherham United F.C. and Rotherham United Community Trust in partnership with South Yorkshire police.
As we have done for the past few years, we have been working with South Yorkshire Police and Remedi who are a charity organisation working with young people and adults to educate people on the consequences of hate abuse.
The Millers players and staff have pledged their support to the South Yorkshire Police ‘Hate Hurts’ campaign as in previous years and openly encourage everyone to stand up and challenge all forms of hate and discrimination. By doing this we are supporting victims and showing that as a club and community, we will not tolerate this kind of abuse.
South Yorkshire police’s PC Chris Nicholson has been the hate crime lead in Rotherham for the past seven years and is heavily involved with the ongoing partnership working with the club and community sport trust.
He said, “Hate in all its forms is a serious offence and one that the police and criminal justice system take very seriously. A hate offence is a very personal attack on a person because of who they are and something about them that they cannot change. This may be because of their race, disability, sexuality, gender identity or faith and no one should be judged or discriminated against because of this. If a person feels that they are being targeted because of this, they should feel confident to come forward and report it so that the matter can be dealt with. Rotherham United are one of a number of third-party reporting centres where victims or witnesses can report hate incidents and be supported whilst doing so”.
For more information on reporting through Rotherham United Community Trust please contact us on 01709 827767.
Humanitarian Aid Trip to Ghana 2023!
Throughout the month of October, we celebrated Black History Month. This aligned with our Humanitarian Aid Trip to Ghana , which was fundraised by 8 young people from Rotherham and 4 RUCT staff members. The trip was planned and organised in partnership with the Arthur Wharton Foundation, based in Jamestown, Ghana as well as the charitable organisation Rising Stars of Africa based in Accra, Ghana.
On the 20th of October, the team flew to Ghana and spent 10 days working in the communities of Ghana and learning about the history, culture, and the connection that Rotherham have with the beautiful country of Ghana. They spent 4 days volunteering in a local school working alongside the staff and children, 3 days were spent at a local orphanage, and some of the RUCT staff coached 2 football training sessions for one of the local teams.
As part of Black History Month celebrations, whilst out in Ghana the team met up with Kofi from the Arthur Wharton foundation to learn about their facilities and what they are doing in Jamestown to keep Arthurs memory alive. Arthur Wharton is an incredible historical figure, and an icon that connects our small town of Rotherham with Ghana – being the first ever Black professional footballer, who played for Rotherham Town, we will continue working with the Foundation to keep our relationship strong, and share his story.
To find out more about the RUCT Humanitarian Aid Trip to Ghana please follow us on social media. Facebook – @Rotherham United Community Trust. Instagram – @rotherhamunited_ct. Twitter/X – @RUFC_CT.