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Foundation Friday: Local clubs sign up!

24 April 2015

ABF, The Soldiers Charity, and Dearne Valley Bulldogs join the South Yorkshire Sky Try Programme.

Club Doncaster Foundation and Include, the respective charities for both Doncaster Rugby League and Sheffield Eagles are delighted to announce that joining us at Sunday’s double header at the Keepmoat Stadium will be the ABF Soldiers Charity (Army Benevolent Fund).
ABF The Soldiers’ Charity are for soldiers, for life. They provide financial assistance to all soldiers and their families when in need. Even when a soldier leaves the Army they are still part of our family and eligible for ABF’s help. The scope of our work is huge. Half the money is given direct to individuals to help in areas such as debt relief, mobility assistance, education bursaries, care home fees and respite breaks. The other half is given as grants to other charities.
The charity has 3 key values that they promote including:
Integrity: We put the welfare of the Army family above all else. We always act with respect, honesty and fairness to support our soldiers, former soldiers and their families.

Loyalty: Year after year, soldiers, former soldiers and their families can depend on us to be standing by when help is needed.

Courage: We are here to support soldiers, former soldiers and their families in difficult situations. We give them the courage to make something positive out of even the most trying times.

The charity will be bringing a number of members to display a guard of honour for the players as well as providing entertainment including pipers and drummers both pre match and half time.

The double header that see the Dons take on the Bulls and Sheffield play Halifax will certainly attract a large crowd and we are proud that ABF The Soldiers Charity are able to be a part of it.

Joining us will be ABF ambassador Cpl Andy Reid who lost both legs and an arm in an improvised explosive device (IED) blast while on patrol in Afghanistan in 2009. His amazing recovery really is an inspiration and  ABF are proud to have him as their ambassador. We are honoured to have Andy present the match ball prior to kick off.

This week also saw the Club Doncaster Foundation community team, 4 players including Mitch Vincent, Mitch Clark, Matt Groat, Pasqualle Dunn and club CEO Carl Hall pay a visit to Dearne Valley Bulldogs to coach over 130 young players delivering touch rugby games, tackle technique and wrestling.

Commenting on the evening Community Manger, Gareth Cook stated ‘The evening was a huge success and the players inspired to superstars of the future. We were made to feel very welcome and were impressed by the high skill levels of each age group from Under 4/5s through to Under 15’s.

The next phase of the Sky Try programme will include a 6 week delivery programme in local Doncaster Schools. For more information please e-mail

You can purchase tickets for Sunday’s double header by clicking here.

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