Rotherham United has pledged its support to Rotherham becoming the world’s first Children’s Capital of Culture in 2025, with players hailing the move as an “exciting new chapter for Rotherham.”
Demonstrating a commitment to children and young people in Rotherham, the borough has announced that it will become Children’s Capital of Culture in 2025, creating a landmark year where it will showcase itself to the world like never before.
The journey officially launched in February this year, giving people a taste of what’s to come in 2025 and showing Rotherham as a cultural destination and home to a hive of creative talent.
Rotherham United captain Richard Wood – who has been a big part of the Rotherham community since signing for the club back in 2014 – expressed his delight at the town gaining further recognition for its desire to continue to grow.
"Just as our team has been promoted, so has Rotherham as a town,” he enthused.
“It feels like we’re gaining a real sense of momentum and being Children’s Capital of Culture provides a platform to really make a difference to Rotherham’s future and ensure it’s recognised for its vast potential.
“As players, we’re passionate about Rotherham and its people, and bringing our communities together for 2025 will be an incredible experience. It’s an exciting new chapter for the town, and we’re looking forward to seeing the programme continue to grow as excitement builds towards what will be a unique year for our borough.”
Julie Dalton, Chair of the Children’s Capital of Culture Programme Board, adds: “Rotherham United’s support means so much to us. Their charitable work and passion for widening participation is inspirational and we are proud to have their backing.
“We have learnt so much more about Rotherham since starting work on the Children’s Capital of Culture programme, and we’re seeing so many opportunities to bring about the transformation we need to reach our full potential as a borough. The programme is aimed at bringing the town together, embracing the world of creators, children and young people. Advantages won't just be seen by cultural attractions, but residents and businesses across Rotherham.”
As part of this year’s Children’s Capital of Culture launch programme, which has been created and designed by children and young people, a host of family-friendly events have hit Rotherham including its first ever skate and art festival, pop-up exhibitions, graffiti and poetry workshops, and open mic nights. Rotherham United will host its own pop-up museum in July, celebrating the cultural heritage of the football team and its players’ achievements with an interactive exhibition and performances.
The football team are lending their support to the programme alongside a diverse group of ambassadors, including visual artist Jo Peel, educator and sportsperson Dana Abdulkarim, Radio Sheffield presenter, Sile Sabanda, and senior member of the UK Youth Parliament, Amaan Ali Saqlain.
For more information, visit www.rotherham2025.com/hello.