Rotherham United Community Sports Trust (RUCST) officially launched their first community hub facility “Parkgate Astro.”
Parkgate Astro consists of three state of the art (5-a-side) 3G FA certified pitches, a club house which hosts a cafe and diner, and a multi-purpose classroom.
Parkgate Astro is the first establishment owned by RUCST and marks a crucial step in the progression of the trust. The venue, located in the northern region of Rotherham enables the delivery of bespoke provision tailored specifically to the needs of the communities. To date, these include but not limited to; Holiday hunger Camps, Refugee Football, Man v Fat, disability Football, Inclusion Football, Fitness Boot Camps plus many more.
The launch celebrated all that have supported RUCST on this journey, which has not come without its difficulties. RUCST would like to place a special thank you to the Football Foundation, Rotherham United Football Club and Rotherham Council, all of which have played an important role enabling the facility to be a success.
The Mayor of Rotherham, Jenny Andrews and Chairman of Rotherham United F.C, Tony Stewart, unveiled a plaque on the launch day to commemorate the occasion, along with the hard work RUCST has put into their community programmes throughout the Covid-19 pandemic. This will be followed by a socially distanced tour of the facility, showcasing the state of the art facility in its full glory.
Jamie Noble, Head of community at RUCST, said: “We are delighted to officially launch the facility after an intermittent 14 months. Its no secret we have operated from the facility over this period as its played a pivotal role in supporting the local community with much needed activities for both physical and mental wellbeing which has become ever more present as a result of the pandemic”.
“We hope this facility will be the first of many hubs located across the borough, bringing a safe and secure environment for residents to access a wide range of provision.”
“I would like to place our thanks on record to all the local partners, groups and teams that have supported RUCST with this venture – We hope to bolster the relationships further and continue the successful work we all do for the community.”