Wednesday, September 2, 2015

News: Extra training at Rotherham United

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New skills are set to be developed by future prospects at Rotherham United if plans are approved to create a new training centre inside the £20m AESSEAL New York Stadium.

Opened on site of the former Guest & Chrimes foundry on the edge of Rotherham town centre in 2012, the stadium was built with a number of units and space for commercial and community uses and to host a variety of events.

Plans have now been submitted for the internal fit out of existing space in the main stand to provide a training centre for construction apprentices and trainees.

7,500 sq ft over four floors is set to be kitted out with project bays and classrooms that are set to "serve the local community with provision for schools engagement and learning programmes for the socially disadvantaged."

The award-winning Rotherham United Community Sports Trust already utilises the stadium for a wide variety of its initiatives. These include activities that promote health and well-being, health screening and job clubs.

Working alongside the likes of the Football Foundation, Lifeskills and Rotherham College, Rotherham United run the GOAL Zone education centre and offer young people aged 16 – 19 the chance to become an apprentice sports coach with the Community Sports Trust. Focusing on reintegrating youngsters that are not in education, employment or training (NEET) into learning or employment, the initiatives also help to build a CV, develop Key Skills, work with others and their individual learning in a relaxed environment.

In the east stand opposite, two new kiosks have opened this season enabling supporters to purchase refreshments before going through the turnstiles.

Steve Coakley, commercial director at Rotherham United, said: "We are always looking at ways to make the matchday experience better here at Rotherham United.

"We have taken on board the feedback on ways in which we can improve what we do here and the response to the new kiosks has been fantastic. Their introduction should reduce queuing times and ensure everyone has easy access to refreshments throughout the course of their time at the stadium."

Rotherham United website

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