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2 April 2013

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At the ‘Meet The Owners’ event in January, you asked us the following questions, and now the club are pleased to update you with answers as follows;

1) Can a parking pass be created to include cup games?
An upgrade parking pass for cup and friendly games is available, for details click here

2) Can season tickets have a price freeze for the 2013.14 season?
Yes!!  Season tickets are live and have been frozen up until the 4th April, for details click here

3) Can more be done to emphasise the work the club does on attracting children and families to the game?
The club take this work incredibly seriously and here is a brief summary of just some of the activities that have taken place since the ‘Meet The Owner’s event in January;

Junior Football Teams
Prior to our Saturday fixtures, Junior Football teams from different age groups across the borough have been invited to take part in pre-match tournaments on the Soccer Centre at Keepmoat Stadium.

Over 500 children have taken part in these tournaments, including, not only teams from Doncaster, but from Sheffield, Rotherham and Pontefract.  Each of these children then was invited into a Rovers match to cheer on the team.

School activity
The ‘Rovers Roadshows’ continue to be rolled out in force, with the entire squad visiting different schools on selected Roadshow days.  In the past two months over 2,500 children have had the opportunity to meet and greet the Rovers players through the ‘Rovers Roadshows’.  Following a Roadshow, every child in the school is invited to take part in a special matchday experience at Doncaster Rovers.

Attendance for Attendance
Doncaster Rovers continue to award exemplary attendance in schools. Over 40 schools in the borough currently take part in the club’s ‘Attendance For Attendance’ scheme, whereby children with 100% attendance during a school term are rewarded with the opportunity to watch Doncaster Rovers.

Diversionary activity
Doncaster Rovers continue to target specific groups of the local population with special invitations to Rovers matches. Since January, activity targeted at the voluntary sector, Polish community and travelling community has taken place or has been scheduled to take place prior to the end of the season.

4) Can the club speak to the Football League regarding the lack of televised fixtures the club has?
Following the Club contacting the Football League, two televised fixtures were scheduled, Crawley Town away and Swindon Town at home.  The club also responded to fans’ requests to open the Belle Vue Bar for the Crawley Town away fixture so that fans not travelling could watch the game at Keepmoat Stadium.

5) Can the club improve the Belle Vue Bar to reduce queues?
The club are looking at this and ask fans to be patient, particularly following the decision to bring in a new catering partner since January. There has been increased demand in the Belle Vue Bar this season due to the changes we have made, including the introduction of 1879 and the improved food offering.  

6) Can the team line ups and goal scorers be put on the scoreboard?
This now takes place every matchday.

7) Can the club source big screens for the concourse areas?
The club are looking at this, but are hoping to achieve this in a cost-neutral manner so it doesn’t take valuable funds away from the first team.  The club will feedback as soon as a deal has been possible.

8) Can the club target minority communities such as the Polish community?
Minority communities are targeted as part of the club’s diversionary work (see point 3).

9) Why do the bars shut at 2.45pm?
This is a local licensing law and the club are trying to work with licensing to provide more flexibility for fans on a match day.

10) Why are DVD’s of individual matches no longer available to buy? 
The demand for this product was low, and matches are now available on Rovers Player, click here for details.

11) Can incentives be put into the programme in order to encourage purchases?
A voucher incentive was operated at the past two home games with prizes including a 2013/14 season ticket.

12) Can alternative parking arrangements be made for the Retford supporters’ bus?
Alternative arrangements have been made and have been fed back through Paul Mayfield.

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