UniBond Northern Premier League club Rossendale United (RUFC) and Accrington & Rossendale College (ACCROSS) are pleased to announce a partnership, initially for the next two years, but with the prospect of joint working for many years to come.
The football club will provide the college Under 18 Academy team with access to the facilities at their home, Dark Lane, Rawtenstall, and in return United will get use of the college facilities for training purposes.
The link however goes far beyond simply football. The college will use Dark Lane as a base for students to gather experience in a number of vocational disciplines such as painting & decoration, groundwork, horticulture, flooring, plumbing, building and marketing. This valuable ‘on site’ education will help students achieve accreditation in their chosen course work whilst at the same time benefitting the football club, as the ground is developed.
UniBond, suppliers of building products, will be the common thread between the two organisations and will support the partnership wherever possible. ACCROSS is a vocational college which for many years has been supported by UniBond. UniBond are sponsors of the Northern Premier League and provides support to the 65 teams comprising the league, across communities from Kings Lynn and Birmingham in the south; to Colwyn Bay in Wales, and Hull in the east, to Durham in the north.
Steve Hobson, Chairman of Rossendale United: ‘This ‘marriage’ is one made in heaven! We are always on the look out for practical support and help; keeping a football stadium in tip top condition is a time consuming and costly affair. We like to think ‘outside the box’ at Rossendale United and working with a community partner such as Accrington & Rossendale College, fits our strategy ‘like a glove’. We also have the added bonus of UniBond who consistently demonstrate their support for both the football club and the college’.
Mark Fell, Curriculum Manager for Sport at ACCROSS: ‘This scheme gives our students practical opportunities in a live environment. Our football academy’s players have a desire to progress up the ‘football ladder’. This link is the first rung on that ladder. Furthermore students from a broad range of disciplines will be able to engage in the partnership and see the practical difference they can make to their community.’
Rob Jenkins, Sponsorship Manager for UniBond said: ‘UniBond are delighted that Rossendale United and Accrington and Rossendale College have announced this partnership. UniBond have supported the college and another five centres of excellence for over 10 years; and have contacts with a further 20 colleges. We have especially helped the students in their training. We have also sponsored the UniBond League for 15 years and so this makes a wonderful alliance which we hope will continue for many years to come.'