Beat the winter blues with Rotherham United Community Trust

Did you know just 30 minutes of activity a day, a good old chat and a smile from a stranger can all help to lift your mood and pop that spring back in your step.

Rotherham United Community Trust have a wide range of activities for adults ranging from badminton, football, and fitness classes to dance-based classes for menopausal women, a walking group or even a spot of table tennis. 

Many sessions are free, while others cost just £3 or less.

If you’re looking to improve your health and fitness in 2024, get a sweat on in their range of fitness classes for all abilities. There are low and high intensity classes, a men’s only session, plus their Fit Fans programme to help lose weight.

Their popular football-based weight loss programme, MAN v FAT football, is now in its fifth year, with over 60 men joining the RUCT team every Friday at Parkgate Astro.  

For women, there are lots of ladies-only groups such as a women’s recreational football session or women’s badminton. RUCT have also developed a dance-based session aimed at helping women going through menopause. They have recently added more venues to roll the programme out to more women in Rotherham, with sessions throughout the week at places like Brinsworth and Upper Haugh.

It’s not all about physical exercise. The RUCT team also support people with their mental wellbeing. They run a weekly coffee morning down at New York Stadium and have set up a walking group that meets each Thursday lunchtime.

Rotherham United fans also can join the Mature Millers group who meet on Mondays to discuss the previous week’s games as well as the history of the club.

Emma Schofield and Hollie Webb jointly manage the Health and Wellbeing department at the Trust.

Emma said: “Whether you fancy joining us down at the New York Stadium or out in the community, there’s plenty of weekly options to come and meet new people, grab a cuppa and have a good old chat.”

Hollie added: “No matter what you enjoy, we have something for everyone. Don’t be afraid to come along, our groups are welcoming and friendly and we’d love you to join us. You never know, you might even rub shoulders with a player or two!”

What’s on each week:

Menopause dance sessions

Mondays at Liberty Church 12pm-1pm, £3

Tuesdays at The Centre Brinsworth 10am-11am £3

Tuesdays at Unity Centre 1.30pm-3.30pm Free

Wednesdays at New York Stadium 5.45pm-7.15pm £3

Thursdays at Upper Haugh Drop In Centre 1.30pm-3.30pm Free

Sports-based sessions

Walking Football – Mondays at Parkgate Astro 1pm-2pm Free

Women’s Rec Football – Tuesdays at Parkgate Astro 8pm-9pm £3

Inclusion Football – Wednesdays at Parkgate Astro 2pm-3pm Free

Women’s Badminton – Wednesdays at Rotherham Leisure Complex 10am-11am £3

Badminton – Thursdays at Rotherham Leisure Complex 10am-11am Free

Table Tennis – Thursdays at New York Stadium 2pm-4pm £3

Fitness sessions

Low intensity – Mondays at New York Stadium 10am-11am £3

High intensity – Mondays at New York Stadium 5.30pm-6.15pm £3

Men Only class – Fridays at New York Stadium 1pm-2pm £1

Weight management sessions

Fit Fans at New York Stadium – Tuesdays at 6.30pm or Wednesdays at 10am Free

Man V Fat Football League – Fridays at Parkgate Astro 7pm-9pm £31/month

Mental wellbeing sessions

Mature Millers – Mondays at Brentwood Hotel 10am Free

Coffee Morning – Tuesdays at New York Stadium 11am Free

Walking Group – Thursdays 11.45am Free

Where to sign up:

For more information about any of the sessions, contact the RUCT team on 01709 827767

Or email

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