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We've been using the facilities at Hopwood Hall College for numerous years.

To begin with, the grass pitches and the 4G pitch are always well maintained and kept to a good standard all season long and, the different size pitches is a massive help for our games programme. We feel they are the best facilities for the area.

David Manning, Rochdale AFC

"The staff at the Sports Arena Hopwood Hall College have been excellent, and very professional always willing to help, they make sure everything is clean and risk free of any hazards and ensure and that we are fully catered for. They have amazing facilities to service our Holiday camps which have really flourished due to the variety of areas available”

"We are very excited to continue to build this partnership For the 2021-22 season and beyond!"

Ashely Greenhalgh

"We have used the facilities at Hopwood Hall Sports Arena for the past 6 years at weekends and in the school holidays. We are a provider of short breaks for children with a disability or additional needs and commissioned by Rochdale Council."

"The facilities are great - 2 large sports halls, plenty of outside space and the whole complex both inside and out is disability friendly."

"All our children, staff and families love this venue. The staff at Hopwood are great - they have an understanding of the needs of our children and are always on hand to make sure we have everything we need."

Karen Rolling




'The facilities at Hopwood are top class, you can't get better anywhere and the staff are always helpful. Great communication regarding match days - I would promote the facilities to anyone!'

BARRY HURNDALL, Middleton Ladies Manager

“The facilities at Hopwood Hall college are outstanding and the staff work incredibly hard to maintain the highest standards throughout. Staff are accommodating and very supportive when we need to make changes to bookings and we’re always grateful of the excellent customer service."

"The impressive Hopwood Rugby League Academy provides a seamless partnership between club and college, providing talented students with the opportunity to progress through the pathway. We are excited to build on our partnership and look forward to celebrating many more achievements.”

Steve Kerr, Chief Executive Officer, Rochdale Hornets Rugby League

The location was great for all the squad to assemble and simple enough to find. The facilities are great from the gym to the grass & 4g pitches. Everything we needed to gain complete performance was at our disposal while using your sports campus. They say you are what you train but while using your facilities we maximised to our strengths and we played just how we trained thanks to you and the campus. I believe having been able use your facilities it was a big influence in helping us qualify for the RLWC 2021-22.

I hope going forward we can build a professional relationship so we can have a UK training base. We want to be based at Hopwood Hall because it helps us deliver our performance on and off the field.

GYM: Has a wide range of weights. Assisted & unassisted weights. Loads of space but lots of light so the lads can push themselves competitively as a group. There is least amount of options for Higher intensity work like bikes rowers etc. The lads also enjoyed gym when it came to the recovery time with yoga and been able to freely go do there pre-hab or recovery movement.

STAFF: All the staff was extremely friendly and more than happy to help with anything or any questions we had. Very professional and gave a great representation of the high standards the campus expects.


FIELDS: Great surface and even in going into the winter months the pitch held it’s own and field great under foot. Pitch size was great and was to its official size, we had no problem reaching or maximising our performance from our elite players. The 4G was great for doing smaller detail or technical stuff working in smaller groups. Both pitches are accessible to use performance equipment so you can review your sessions afterwards. It would be good to see a performance unit built that could be accessible while using the pitch so you can get an elevated view pitch side.

Ged Corcoran, Coach Rugby League Ireland