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Moving Forward with Louis

1 July 2014

A Multifaceted Project to generate a brighter future for Doncaster Rovers.

Following on from the launch of the Tomlinson Ryan Trust last week, the fans of Louis have started to pledge their support. What is worrying many Rovers fans is that, if the target is not met, will the club not be taken over? This is far from the truth. 

This is a multifaceted project with finance being only one part of it. The Tomlinson Ryan Trust is looking to develop and nurture a bigger fan base as we look to get to the Premier League. This project has given Doncaster media coverage to match the World Cup in Brazil.

The Trust was set up to take the club to the next level but and to help with the community and academy projects that are already running very successfully and it should be noted that the club has already received the Football League Family Excellence Award again for 2014. 

We are one of the few clubs in the league, who have achieved this award year in year out by working within the local community to bring everyone together. This new project has put us in front of a bigger audience that will allow us to move forward and by getting this recognition, the whole of Doncaster will benefit with the town being becoming a global name.

Just one of our new fans from the North East told us:
“Such a good idea! Proud to be a part of this! Wasn't really a Donny fan (Sunderland) but with the welcome I received when I did go to Louis' game and the help and friendliness of the staff when I encountered problems (way above anything I've received at other football clubs games) I decided that I would adopt the club as my second team. Just a shame I couldn't afford to pledge more than what I did, would have loved to have been able to meet Louis at a game.” 

Why the date of the 17th July? That’s the day before the new owners John Ryan and Louis Tomlinson take over the club. This seemed a suitable date to pick as, with all these fund raising sites, you need to have an end date, but we will be looking to move this project forward with more exciting ways in which fans of both Louis and the club can be involved. 

Do the sums add up? These fundraisers are never quick off the start and we are confident that the target will be hit as dates and more rewards appear. 

It’s a new concept in football and something that will always attract sceptics, but the excitement we have generated, with over 33 million hits in first few days, has planted Doncaster well on the World stage. We have had fans pledge from Australia, Singapore and the United States, with many aiming to come to a game when he Louis is here. 

Many more will pledge now that we have answered their questions and as we continue to improve the Trust’s online experience. 

As previously stated, this is a multi-faceted project that is not all about finance but more about growing Doncaster Rovers into a global brand.

The game has only just started!


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