Rotherham United are delighted to be designating their Sky Bet Championship clash with Ipswich Town as our Community Day of the Season.
The Millers have set aside the match against the Tractor Boys for a Community Takeover Day with the EFL set to celebrate their nationwide Community Day of Action on 25th April.
2017 has once again been a great year for Rotherham United’s Community Sports Trust. The Club were honoured to scoop the regional Community Club of the Year award from the EFL, for the second time in as many years, whilst the Trust also picked up the prestigious Duke of York Community initiative – two awards in what has been another busy and successful year.
As a result, the Club are using their penultimate home game against Ipswich to again emphasise all the great work done by the staff in and around the borough, with a number of activities taking place in and around AESSEAL New York Stadium.
Since opening this season, the Goal Zone at the Club’s home has welcomed supporters on matchday to provide pre-game entertainment. Housed inside are games consoles, a table tennis table, reaction wall and TV screens with club mascot Miller Bear on hand to meet young supporters at matches. This week in the Goal Zone the Club are delighted to welcome a Mini Millers group, who are attending the game as a special treat. The group come together at AESSEAL New York Stadium every Friday to enjoy fun and games and promote social interaction, which has proven highly successful.
At every home game this season, fans will have noticed the Club give a group of youngsters the honour of welcoming the teams out onto the pitch as Rotherham United flag bearers. Each week, this has been rotated between local football teams, Junior Millers, Holiday Camp attendees and schools, plus many other local groups around the area. The Millers are delighted to welcome Wickersley Under 9s, who will be on hand as the Millers and Ipswich Town make their way out of the tunnel at Saturday’s game.
One of the Trust’s more popular events are the half-term and summer holiday camps which we have run successfully for many years. The camps give local kids the opportunity to get active during the school breaks, whilst also receiving some hints and tips from the qualified coaching team. As a reward, there are prizes and trophies given to the kids, which are presented by members of the Rotherham United first team. At Saturday’s game the holiday camps will be represented in a special half time game, in which recent attendees will have the opportunity to play where the players play on the hallowed turf at AESSEAL New York Stadium.
The Club’s work in the community extends further than giving youngsters an opportunity and caters for people from all backgrounds. At various points this season, the Millers have been delighted to welcome members from Rotherham’s MCVC (Military Community Veteran’s Centre). The centre offers friendly help and advice to serving and ex-service military personnel and the Club are thrilled that they are bringing their display truck to the game on Saturday, which includes loads of information about what they do and how they may be able to help you.
It will be worth getting down to the ground earlier this weekend with a host of additional activities reserved especially for our community day. For the first time, the Millers are delighted to introduce our inflatable ‘Football Pool’ hub, where youngsters can play a game of pool with their feet!
Amongst the additional activities are the mobile kids play centre and trampolines, as well as face painters, who will be dotted around the stadium throughout the course of the afternoon. That’s not all though, there will be a football freestyler and a gazebo with information on the club’s community partners, where you can find out more about the work that the Trust do in Rotherham.
The Random Act of Kindness scheme which sees us present one lucky supporter with a one-off Millers’ experience will continue at Saturday’s match, with supporters watching the warm-up from the dugout and meeting members of the first team in previous weeks this season as part of the incentive. Get in the ground early and you never know, it could be you that’s chosen!
Rotherham United Head of Community Jamie Noble expressed his delight at the opportunity to celebrate Community Day at the home clash with Ipswich Town, taking time to place on record his thanks to everyone that has been involved with the Trust over the course of the last year.
“It’s fantastic that we are able to come together as a club to dedicate a day to the work we do in and around the local community,” he enthused.
“We were thrilled and honoured to once again be named as Community Club of the Year for our region and I would personally like to thank all my staff and everyone involved in the countless activities throughout the course of the year for all their hard work in making that possible.
“On top of that, we have also picked up the Duke of York Community Initiative award and the BR Chamber Business Community Impact award in the last six months and I am hugely proud of everyone for what we have achieved again.”
“I would also like to thank Paul Warne and all of the first team players for the time that they have given up to support us at various events because their presence in the community really makes a difference.
“Finally, I will conclude by the Rotherham community, for their unwavering support throughout the past year. None of the success that we have had as a Community Sports Trust would have been possible without you and I hope that you enjoy the various things that are going off at this weekend’s game."