AS SPORT has always been a passion for Roger Fulton, he was the perfect fit when Rossendale Leisure Trust set up in 2004 and needed volunteers to become trustees.

He was invited to join the board, having been involved with basketball and football clubs all his life and been on the committee of Rossendale Sports Club.

Roger was initially elected as Vice-Chairman and 18 years ago became Chairman of the not-for-profit Community Benefit Society.

Now, Rossendale Leisure Trust is looking for new members to strengthen the Board of Trustees and help shape the future of facilities in Rossendale for many years to come.

The board is looking for people with expertise in various areas including building facility management, health and safety, human resources, IT security and diversity and inclusion.

Roger said: “As Chairman, I work closely with the Chief Executive Sam Sandford who has been in place for just over a year now and I previously worked with Ken Masser.

“I really enjoy working with the smart people on the board, they are Rossendale through and through. My job would be impossible without such a good board.”

He said what was most important for any would-be trustee is that they have a passion for Rossendale and the ability to be a critical friend.

Roger described the trustees as a ‘consultancy service’ overseeing and working with the trust.

Over the years he has seen the trust face many challenges including Covid, the cost of living and more recently increases in fuel costs.

He said: “Trustees can dedicate as much time as they are able to their role. You will be working with a bunch of passionate people and the reward is you see things come together – like the progress at The Hill, home of Ski Rossendale.

“Our vision is to enable more Rossendale residents to become active, placing the trust at the heart of communities and providing quality and engaging experiences that enrich lives.”

A recruitment pack is available from

Cathrine Smyth Media.