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Rochdale AFC Business Club On The Road

19 July 2017


Rochdale AFC Business Club On The Road

19 July 2017

Over 40 business delegates attended Rochdale AFC’s Business Club event on Friday which for the first time ever was taken ‘on the road’ and held at Hollingworth Academy.

Presentations were delivered by Darren Randle – Head of Hollingworth Academy, Business & Enterprise Teacher Cate Calveley on the school’s “The Edge” programme, Russ Green Chief Executive of Rochdale AFC and from the newly elected MP for Rochdale Tony Llloyd.

Delegates also enjoyed a delicious two-course lunch cooked and served by Year 8 students from the school.

In conjunction with the Business Club event, Hollingworth Academy ran a competition named ‘Come Dine With Me’ with all year 8 pupils. The pupils worked in groups of 3 to design a menu and dining experience for the business delegates.

Each group presented to their class and the winner from each class had to present their ideas to a judging panel. The judges chose the winning team and menu of Roasted Garlic & Lemon Chicken followed by Chocolate Brownie, and the Runners Up performed to the delegates with a song and magic tricks.

Director of Rochdale AFC David Bottomley said: “It was fantastic to take our Business Club on the road and the facilities and students at Hollingworth Academy were magnificent. I would like to thank all of our speakers and Hollingworth Academy for hosting the event, but most importantly to the students for their incredible hospitality.”

Cate Calveley, Head of Business & Enterprise at Hollingworth Academy said: “We were thrilled to host RAFC’s quarterly Business Club event. It has been a great experience from both Hollingworth staff and students.

“It was extremely valuable for the pupils to be involved in the planning and execution of a “real life” event and to collaborate with so many of our local businesses.

“We are looking forward to working with various individuals, organisations and charities in future partnerships and thank everyone at RACF giving Hollingworth this opportunity.”

Our next Business Club event will be held on Tuesday 17 October, 6pm onwards at the Crown Oil Arena prior to the Northampton Town fixture. If you are a local business and interested in attending, please contact Frances Fielding on Tel: 01706 753581 or Email:

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