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What's On at Middleton Arena

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Low cost fitness classes and sports for adults across the Rochdale borough

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Physical Education and Sport

There has been significant progress in recent years not only in school-based sport and physical education but in many areas outside the curriculum. Our Go4it Education Programme is designed to provide opportunities for participation, competition and leadership and to help promote an active and healthy lifestyle. Following changes to Government funding, Link4Life will continue to work with schools to maintain the network for school sport and build on what has so successfully been accomplished.

Link4Life has contributed fully to the ten strands of the School Sports Partnership taking a lead role in many – Coaching, Competition, Continuing Professional Development, Inclusion, Club Links, Extended Schools, Gifted and Talented, Leadership and Volunteering, Swimming and Infrastructure Development.

School and Community-Based Activities

Sports Coaching

The Link4Life Sports Coaching programme aims to develop a structure for sports programmes and increase the number of young people regularly participating in sport. Part of this structure is to offer a coaching programme for schools which supports the delivery of the PE curriculum. It also supports the delivery of after-school clubs and inter-school competition. The programme spans the fundamentals of movement at KS1, introduction and development into specific sports at KS2, development of sports skills and techniques at KS3 and awards and qualifications at KS4 providing the motivation and leadership skills to run sporting activities in the community.

Competition Sports

High level sports specific coaching to develop particular sports within the School Games framework and assistance with team management within the school. Qualified coach to deliver specific coaching for your school team, with a view to improving the school's competitive success.

Leadership Training

Link4Life is an accredited Assessment Centre for Sports Leaders UK. Leadership training is available including Young Leaders Award (9-13 years), Level 1 and 2 in Community Sports Leadership (14 years+), Basic Expedition Leadership Award, Higher Sports Leadership Award and Dance Leaders Award. Courses are available during curriculum time, after school or in school holidays for staff and pupils (subject to age limits).

Volunteer Opportunities/Work Experience

Opportunities for volunteering programmes and placements in Link4Life (14-16 years).

Continuing Professional Development

Training opportunities for school staff to support the teaching of the PE curriculum.

Club Development

Advice and guidance is available, including school-club links, club accreditation (Clubmark, Charter Standard and Springboard), funding and constitutions.

Coach Education

Advice and funding is available for individuals to attain National Governing Body coaching qualifications, Levels 1 and 2 with 50% funding (up to £200), CPD courses 100%.

Gifted and Talented

Support is available to improve the recognition of, and the provision for, gifted and talented pupils in PE and sport both in raising the quality of PE and ensuring appropriate personal development support for young talented performers in sport.

Inclusive & Specialist Coaching (SEN)

Link4Life has a strong track record in delivery of activities to young disabled people. We have a disability sports officer as part of the team. We have worked very successfully in partnership with Redwood Additional Needs School in the delivery of the Youth Sports Trust Playground2Podium programme since its inception.

In addition Link4Life manages and delivers a specialist holiday sports programme and Saturday clubs which enable young disabled people to access a wide range of activities and facilities in the borough.

Link4Life is also currently extending its club development work to build on the Sport England Clubmark working more closely with a number of sports clubs in the borough to become more proficient in delivery of activities to disabled people, improving club links and sporting pathways. Training workshops are available in, for example, Equity & Sport, Safeguarding Children, Coaching Disabled Performers.

Extra Curricular School and Holiday Clubs

Fun, structured sessions in multi-skills and sports specific activities, before and after school, at weekends and holidays. Recreational opportunities for semi-sporting young people within the school. Potential to support up to 43 recognised Sport England priority sports.

Special Events & Festivals in Schools

Tournaments in specific sports, leading to local, county and national competitions. Fully organised sports days, including co-ordination, specialist equipment, set-up and officiating from fully qualified coaches.

Funding Advice

Advice and assistance on collaborative bid writing for PE and sport.

Sport and Leisure Facilities


Hire of Facilities

There has been considerable improvement in sport and leisure facilities in the borough of Rochdale in the last few years since Link4Life was formed. A capital programme of over £34 million has seen the construction of Middleton Arena, Heywood Sports Village and Rochdale Leisure Centre in the borough. These facilities are available for hire.

Artificial Turf Pitch – block bookings or one-off events

These floodlit playing surfaces provide high quality, third generation training facilities with full size or 7/8-a-side pitches and changing rooms/showers. Available at Bowlee Park (St Mary's), Heywood and Littleborough.

Athletics Arena – hire for training or competitions

6-lane 400m synthetic athletics track with 100m straights. Full range of track and field facilities with associated equipment. Spectator seating, floodlights, PA system, changing facilities. Indoor facilities also available for indoor meeting point and warm up. At Kingsway Park Sports Centre.

Indoor Sports Hall – block bookings or one-off hire

Facilities available for hire include indoor sports halls for a variety of sporting and other activities. All centres provide shower and changing facilities. Centres are maintained to a high standard and qualified and experienced staff are available to set up and manage the event. Facilities include football, basketball, netball, kwik cricket, short tennis, volleyball, squash, table tennis, trampoline, fitness sessions, badminton and boccia. The whole hall can be hired for sports days, parties and competitions.

Golf Course – coaching and tuition

This 18 hole parkland course is located within Springfield Park, Rochdale. The resident Golf Professional is available for coaching and tuition on site or within schools with activities including Tri-Golf. Inter-school competitions are also available.

Presentations and Performances

Middleton Arena and Heywood Civic Centre are ideal venues for school events. They have successfully hosted school plays and pantomimes, awards evenings, ceremonies, school proms, school discos, presentations, sporting achievement evenings, dance and drama displays, meetings and conferences.

Specialist help is available in organising and operating the event and the venues provide a purpose-built and fully equipped alternative that can avoid any disruption to teaching and learning within the school.