Rochdale Hornets


17th December 2018, 20:52


ROCHDALE Hornets and Rochdale Mayfield have launched a new partnership that hopes to boost the relationship between the club and the borough’s rugby league community.

In a partnership that will see a more organised and structured working relationship between the two clubs there is a number of key priorities outlined that will help to boost the rugby league profile in the borough including:

  • a joint Rugby League World Cup 2021 bid to redevelop facilities at Mayfield
  • free Hornets season tickets for every junior player with a launch at a Hornets fixture
  • curtain raiser spots for Mayfield junior teams at the Crown Oil Arena
  • Rochdale Hornets Sporting Foundation to support the school to community club transition by guiding beginners to Mayfield
  • provide professional first team opportunities by working with the Mayfield head coach to progress talented athletes
  • Rochdale Hornets Sporting Foundation to deliver holiday programmes in conjunction with Mayfield
  • Hornets to train at Mayfield throughout the spring and summer (captain’s run) 
  • Hornets staff and players supporting Mayfield junior sessions 

In addition, the two will go head to head in the ‘Battle of the Borough’, a pre-season fixture to take place in January and compete for the Stephen Gartland Memorial Trophy for the first time.

Rochdale Hornets CEO Steve Kerr said: “This is probably the most important partnership arrangement I have worked on since I arrived at the club because it is vitally important that, for the good of rugby league in the borough of Rochdale, both Hornets and Mayfield are singing from the same hymn sheet and that means working together to develop pathways for children, supporting talented athletes and promoting rugby league throughout the borough.

“Rochdale Mayfield are one of the best community clubs around and you see that both in the number of teams the field on a weekly basis and the quality of players that have passed through that club to go on and play at a high level. As a professional club I think we have been guilty of not celebrating that enough. 

“I have a good relationship with Simon Howe, the chairman over at Mayfield, and we have had many a conversation centred on how we can improve things going forward and ultimately it comes down to both clubs knocking down the wall and working together for the benefit of rugby league in Rochdale and the surrounding area.”

Rochdale Mayfield chairman, Simon Howe was equal in his excitement at the announcement of a the new partnership and is keen to put the onus on providing opportunities for the people of Rochdale. 

Simon said: “We at Rochdale Mayfield are delighted to formalise a link with the Rochdale Hornets Sporting Foundation and Rochdale Hornets. We all have a desire to provide sporting opportunities for the people of Rochdale and working in partnership will further that aim. 

“Rugby league is a truly inclusive sport and with our combined efforts through schools, junior, amateur and semi-professional level we all hope to expose our communities to the benefits of sport and rugby league.”