Rochdale AFC have formalised their commitment to making Rochdale a better place to live, work and play by signing off on a new, expanded deal with Rochdale AFC Community Trust with a view to engaging more people and having an even bigger impact on people’s lives.
Rochdale AFC Community Trust, who have worked tirelessly on the club’s behalf for over 30 years, became a registered charity in 2007.
Although independent of the club, with their own bank account, trustees and strategy, the charity is very much embedded in the club’s ethos and the service level agreement formalises that relationship.
On the agreement, which sets out things like rental agreements, community ticket allocation, player commitment and the likes, club director Tony Pockney commented: "We are delighted to renew our commitment to Rochdale AFC Community Trust and look forward to working together to support and extend the valuable work that they do.
"We understand the positive impact football clubs can have in their local communities and by supporting our Community Trust we can extend that impact to the lives of many people in Rochdale, whether they are football fans or not.
"I’ve seen at first hand a number of the Trust’s initiatives and the benefits they bring to people in our local community. Ryan and his wonderful team are a great asset to Rochdale AFC and to the residents of Rochdale."
Ryan Bradley, Community Director, added: "We have recently put together our 2021 strategy and set out our vision of growth. It was great to present these ideas to the board and get full backing.
"With the newly refurbished Kick Pitch, offices and study centre, we have a great base here at the Crown Oil Arena from which to grow and with the support of the players, staff and tickets, amongst other things, we can take the club out into the wider Rochdale community."
Rochdale AFC Community Trust engaged over 15,000 people in 2020, delivering schools programmes, Premier League Kicks, college education and various other projects across key themes of sport, health, education, employability and inclusion.
To find out more on the work of the charity during 2020, click HERE to view the Impact Report.
The 2021 Community Strategy is available to view HERE.