Rotherham United are marking International Women’s Day with a host of activities at our next home game with Middlesbrough (8th March).
International Women's Day is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women, and has been observed since in the early 1900's.
With an ever expanding audience of women attending Rotherham United matches, the club’s Community Sports Trust has been working hard in recent years to continue the upward trend in female participation and attendance.
At the game with Middlesbrough the club’s special guests include female participants from the Trust’s Boot Camp Sessions.
The Boot Camp groups were set to up primarily to give women the opportunity to take part in what has been traditionally male dominated areas of sport and exercise, as Health Officer Lauren Kerry explains:
“Our boot camps have been incredibly popular within in the community,” said Lauren.
“We have made sure that we are delivering activities locally to break down some of the barriers women face when participating in sport and physical activity.”
The Boot Camps have proved tremendously popular and are now running weekly in Blackburn, Eastwood and Thornhill, with over 50 women attending from all different backgrounds.
“We will be looking to sustain the ladies new found enthusiasm for sport through continuing to run a varied programme of activities in to the spring and summer months.
“I would like to thank our partners Mowbray Gardens Library, Clifton Learning Partnership, Blackburn Community Centre and Friends of Thornhill for their support on the project so far.”
The club will also be highlighting our commitment to using both ball boy and ball girls at our home games.
The youngsters keeping the matchball’s in circulation against Middlesbrough are mixed from our Academy teams and also from Rotherham United Brinsworth Whitehill Girls team.