Tuesday, September 27, 2016

News: Volunteers rewarded as new stadium facilities set to open

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The award-winning Rotherham United Community Sports Trust (RUCST) is close to completing its new state of the art facility at the AESSEAL New York Stadium.

The Trust is relocating from Mangham House on the Barbot Hall Industrial Estate which has been its home ever since the club's departure from Millmoor in 2008.

Opened on site of the former Guest & Chrimes foundry on the edge of Rotherham town centre in 2012, the £20m stadium was built with a number of units and space for commercial and community uses and to host a variety of events.

The new facility will extend over three floors. Three classrooms for educational provision will have the latest educational equipment enabling the students to study to their full potential.

A health / activity floor will have two reaction walls, gym equipment such as kettle bells, vipr bars and medicine balls. Along with this, it will have multi-functional gym exercise equipment, sprung floor and a mirrored wall for dance sessions.

Office space will include 17 desks to accommodate both RCUST staff and community coaches in a hot desk style along with meeting areas and kitchen facilities.

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For the recent home game with Nottingham Forest, head of community, Jamie Noble, surprised a number of volunteers from ACL Limited with a special upgrade into the plush surroundings of the hospitality lounges. 

ACL is based on Tenter Street and specialises in suspended ceilings and partitioning for a range of construction projects. It has played a major role in helping to install the ceilings at the new community offices, and Jamie was delighted to show his appreciation for all their hard work. 

Noble said: "Many of the volunteers were Rotherham supporters, and regularly attend games, so we thought we would give them a nice surprise for all their hard work.

"This project could not have been completed without the help of many people – including many volunteers who gave up their time for free. 

"We were delighted to offer this package as gesture of our appreciation to ACL and we hope they had a great night watching the Millers."

An open day at the new "Goal Zone" facility at the stadium is being held on October 5. Gym classes at the new community facility are also set to start next week with dance and yoga classes also planned.

RUCST website
ACL website

Images: RUCST


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