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FOUNDATION FRIDAY: Sky’s the Limit for Club Doncaster

6 November 2015

CEO and students of Club Doncaster Sports College meet FA Cup!

Club Doncaster Foundation CEO Jim Lord (second right, back row) has said that “the sky is the limit” for the ever expanding Foundation and Club Doncaster Sports College.

Lord, who was flanked by some of the students at the college was speaking after a Q & A session with James Coppinger, Darren Ferguson and the FA Cup trophy.

“I’ve come in to a Foundation that’s in a fantastic position, a good job has been done by Liam Scully, Marie Hepburn and Jenna Scully,” he said.

“I think it (the FA Cup) is inspirational. It’s nice that we’ve had James (Coppinger) and the manager here in the newly refurbished Sports College as well.

“To get the students here and have the photo with the FA Cup adds that little extra value to the reason why they’re studying at the Club Doncaster Sports College. Through sports like football and Rugby, they’ve got a real opportunity to develop so much more.

“I think the sky’s the limit. We’ve also got a huge amount of support, passion and ambition from the owners who see the Foundation as playing a significant role in helping to improve lives and creating a better Doncaster.
The community aspect is part of the DNA of Doncaster Rovers so there is ambition to develop but we’ve got to do it right.”

Lord, who has been in the post for less than two months since Liam Scully moved to Chief Operating Officer of Doncaster Rovers, wants to make great strides and asserted just how rapidly things had taken off at Keepmoat Stadium.

“We want to carry on growing; we’ve come a long way in a short period of time. We’re approaching 130 learners. We deliver level 2 and level 3 courses in sport, health and fitness and sports science so we want this to develop. We’ve got a great relationship with Selby College and, in the pipeline, we’d like to expand even further and potentially look closely at expanding in to higher education – but we’ve got to walk before we can run.

“I think we’re creating a great environment for the learners here at the college with such close links to and support from both the football and rugby league teams.

“Having worked in sport for thirty years, I have a great understanding of what sport can do in terms of creating better lives for people.

“We’re very proud of our achievements, being one of the fastest growing sports colleges in the region. We’re determined to create strong partnerships with the other educational providers in the area to continue our growth and development and I feel that we’re in a good place to do that.”

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