2013 saw the Rotherham United Players get out more than ever into the borough of Rotherham.The Professional Footballers' Association (PFA) support players such as Alex Revell, Mark Bradley and Michael O’Connor; to name a few, as they regularly attend Schools, Hospitals and other venues in Rotherham. The PFA is the trade union for professional association footballers in England and Wales and it has 4,000 members.
The Rotherham United Players are sent out by the football club to visit community projects to support the good work that it has done in the community.
On Thursday 5th December 2013 Rotherham United embarked on an annual Christmas visit in support of the Doctor Ted’s Children’s Appeal at Rotherham hospital. Alex Revell, Robert Milsom and Michael O’Connor all visited the children’s ward and distributed presents to the patients. It is fair to say that for the players, being young parents themselves, it was an eye opening experience.
Alex Revell commented “You never want to see your children sick or ill, especially in the run up to Christmas. As a parent myself I think it’s brilliant that we can come to the hospital and make the patients feel a bit bitter, even if it is just for the five or ten minutes that we sit with them.”
The players also distributed a number of match tickets to patients who have never experienced the New York stadium before.
Jamie Noble, Head of Community said “It’s important that players support initiatives to give it exposure and to show fans and the people of Rotherham that players care for both the community they represent and respect the town that they play for.
“Players give up their free time to support our community and they are always happy to see the difference that football makes to people’s lives.”
Rotherham United has a number of players who are Community Ambassadors. These are;
Alex Revell – Education Ambassador
Mark Bradley – Health and Wellbeing Ambassador
Lee Frecklington – Sport Development Ambassador
For more information on player requests please contact Jamie Noble on:
Phone: 01709 827767