About Rochdale AFC

Rochdale AFC is a professional football club that was founded in 1907, currently plying its trade in the Vanarama National League. It has enjoyed the majority of its success in the 21st century, sustaining seven seasons of third-tier football, including a record-high finish of eighth. The club has endured many highs and lows over the years, but is confident of a bright future. Central to this bright future is the development of thriving partnerships with local partners such as NYCDA.

The foundations of these on pitch club successes and highs were built on the Club's thriving Academy system, which produced a conveyor belt of local, young talent that would feature heavily in Dale's First Team. Many of these Academy products have also gone on to feature in the highest levels of English football, securing vital income for the Club. Ex-players of note who have been born locally and/ or come through our academy set up include Matt Gilks, Craig Dawson, Will Buckley, Jamie Allen, Callum Camps, Andy Cannon, Luke Matheson, Dan Adshead, Aaron Morley.

Providing opportunities and pathways for youngsters in the local community has always been at the forefront of Rochdale AFC's identity. Proceeds from Forever Dale will go towards funding these opportunities, helping to maintain that strong link with emerging talent in the local area and providing a potential income stream for the Club.

For more information including how to get involved please get in touch via the following:
Email - foreverdale@rochdaleafc.co.uk
Phone - 01706 395791

Why everyone's a winner

The great thing about our partnership with the NYCDA Weekly Draw is that not only do you get the chance to win cash every week, the partnership allows the club to raise 10s of £1,000s each year to help it grow and support our work in the local community.

£1,000s in cash prizes every week

You could win a max of £10,000 via the Rollover prize whilst supporting your local club and its youth player development programme.

Every time you play...

Every time you play you support the Dale and its commitment to provide local young people with opportunities to progress in our official football development pathway.

Every time you play you support Rochdale AFC and its commitment to develop our Academy's youth player development programme and al associated activities.

Where do the proceeds go?

All proceeds from the 'Forever Dale' partnership go towards supporting the club's official Academy offer and its associated community and youth player development activities. Success in this area is central to the club's long term vision and bringing local talent through our very own pathway is key to this.

As mentioned previously the club has a history of success in this area and wants to not only maintain this conveyor belt, but expand it. As we look to produce the next Matt Gilkes or provide opportunities for the next generation of Craig Dawsons, we cant do this alone. Partnerships with organisations like NYCDA are key, as well as with institutions like our friends and colleagues at the Rochdale AFC Community Trust, who play a vital role and Hopwood Hall, who provide invaluable assistance including facilities for our Academies activities.

Please see below a snapshot of some of the activities you are supporting and the positive impact It can have on the field below.

Producing home grown talent for fans to cheer
Community engagement activities
Football development activities
Youth engagement programmes
Players celebrate
Home fans celebrate
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