The overall and long term vision of Rochdale Association Football Club is to continue building a local football club that is both successful and sustainable on and of the football pitch.
We aspire to achieve the highest league position possible, not excluding the Premier League, but we are also realistic in understanding we are in an area surrounded by a large number of Premier, Championship and League 1 and 2 clubs, with the North West being the “hotbed” of English Football. This will obviously make our ambitions a lot tougher to achieve, but could also benefit us through our partnerships with those higher clubs.
From the achievement of this vision, we also aspire to build state of the art facilities where the 1st team and Academy train and play in harmony, and where the opportunities for Academy players are viewed on a daily basis by the 1st team staff. We would also have a first class Sport Science and Medicine facility and the technology that goes with it to ensure players are on the pitch more.
With this success we will attract more fans from the communities of Rochdale which will in turn boost the investment into the sustainability of the club.
On the playing side the club has and will continue to invest in the recruitment and development of players.
The club will continue to aim for a mix of experienced professionals, young professionals not getting their chance at a higher level, the recruitment of players from non-league football, so giving them a chance to progress within the professional ranks, and as many players as possible from within the ranks of our own Academy.
Primarily the two main points with regard to outcomes of the Football Vision is:
Producing young players to progress to play in the 1st team
Producing young players to play in the 1st team, who then may progress to a higher level and gain the Football Club transfer revenue to reinvest in strengthening the structure of the Club