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Foundation Friday: Life Skills Help

4 November 2016

Rovers players help provide joy for people in the community.

Rovers players John Marquis, Liam Mandeville and Frazer Richardson joined members of the People Focused Group (PFG) to carve pumpkins as part of a session which helps them with life skills. 

Club Doncaster Foundation’s Health and Wellbeing project has been working with the PFG for more than a year and have supported a number of their clients on improving their physical and mental health, through a number of activities such as walking football, badminton, gym sessions, cook and eat sessions, cycling and arts and crafts. 

With a large percentage of the PFG members receiving benefits, opportunities and experiences can be limited for individuals, so the work of Club Doncaster Foundation and the support of RoversFC we are able to provide community members with the chance to meet and spend time with first team players in the community. 

The Foundation’s Health And Wellbeing Officer Nick Gillott said: “The time spent with the players contributes greatly to increasing individuals self esteem and shows the level of commitment the Football Club has to helping improve the health and wellbeing of its own community.” 

John Marquis, the Foundation’s Health And Wellbeing Ambassador,  said: “It is important for me because you are able to connect to people who have problems, to come and take a couple of hours a week to come and speak to people can make a real difference.

“Some people have problems which are  hard for them to speak to others about, so to open up and speak to people in confidence helps them move forward in their lives.

“You can see it really meant a lot to them. To be able to help, in the position I am in, is fantastic and it’s great to see the smiles on their faces.”

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