The Community Sports Trust have formed a new football team...
The Rotherham United Community Sports Trust has created its own under-16s team, named United 4 Communities, to promote community cohesion and integration.
The team is currently playing in the Sheffield and District Junior Sunday league. United 4 Communities consists of players from differing backgrounds, reflecting Rotherham as a whole, including British Asians and those born in eastern Europe.
The young team was formed in early 2013 after securing funding from the Co-operative. Inclusive community trials and training sessions were held from March until August across Rotherham.
“This project is more than just about football we are trying to give opportunities to people that haven’t played competitively before and create lasting friendships,” said United 4 Communities manager Nathan Carlin.
He added: “The aim of creating United 4 Communities was to promote equality through participation as opposed to sporting excellence.”
Mark Cummins, Inclusion Officer at Rotherham United, underlined the importance of this team being created in Rotherham.
“We have studied in depth the barriers that different groups face and have done our upmost to ensure that these obstacles are being removed through creating United 4 Communities,” said Mark.
He concluded: “We hope to have both an under-16 and under-18 team in the future to act as a progression from our evening community football sessions.”