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RUCST | Rotherham United Esports School Project gathers pace

7 October 2021


RUCST | Rotherham United Esports School Project gathers pace

7 October 2021

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As we celebrate the Rotherham United Esports team’s 3rd Birthday, the club have launched an Esports School, which follows the success of the enrichment programme running at the Rotherham United Sports College.

The new Esports School is designed to engage children from as young as 11-years-old and will also offer virtual coaching in a safe online environment.

This coaching will introduce Esports and online safety to individuals, and, in turn, will help to give them focus from an otherwise uncontrolled and unmonitored environment.

Esports Project Manager Rob Hawden expressed his excitement ahead of the project’s launch and had this to say to

"Many children are currently locked away in their bedrooms playing FIFA and other games, and this can be cause for concern for parents,” he explained.

“We believe we have found the perfect remedy with the launch of the Rotherham United Esports School.

“At the school we will offer both on-site sessions at AESSEAL New York Stadium and Parkgate Astro, as well as some virtual classes too!

“Our after school coaching offer is a part of the Rotherham United Community Sports Trust ‘Alternative Sports’ offer, which aims to help the children improve many different life skills such as communication, team work and will also help them grow socially too. 

“It is also good for parents too, as the online environment is a safe place and as the Esports course is structured, much like our other coaching courses at the Trust. Parents can expect to see a positive change in the child's personal development too."

“The Esports team already have several adult teams, including a development team, where players can come, learn, engage with others and make friends.”

Esports Director and Rotherham United supporter Joe Burrell was also pleased to see the club making further strides in the online world.

"I have been involved with the Esports setup since it was founded and have seen first-hand, just what a difference it can make to people's lives.

“We have reached out to more than 500 participants in the last three years and have secured lottery funding with which to further our goals post-covid.

“We feel our Esports School is going to be a huge success and when we have enough players signed, we will be able to expand and begin plans for a real RUFC Esports Youth Team."

If you are interested in your child enrolling in our Esports School, you can contact us on Twitter @RUFCEsports or by email


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