Rovers have been recognised for their work off the field after being named as the 2019 Sky Bet League One Family Club of the Year.
Initiatives such as the CALM charity third kit design competition and the progression of Donny Dog’s Kennel, as well as several player visits around the local community have increased the strong culture of fan focus at the club.
The differing facilities on a home match day include a fan park, situated outside the Belle Vue Bar with live music and a guest appearance from a current or former member of the playing squad. The Keepmoat Stadium is also home to a quiet room to allow fans some respite from the noise of a matchday.
There is also an away family area to ensure visiting fans are treated to the best possible experience throughout their trip to South Yorkshire.
Marketing manager Mark Hughesman said: “Our work with families is a big part of In Rovers We Trust, our fan engagement strategy.
“Everyone throughout the club has been committed to the strategy, from owners down to match day family liaison stewards, this award is testament to all the hard work put in not only over the past year, but the years leading up to it.
“We know that supporting Rovers is a 24/7 commitment, which is why we have dedicated extra resources to non-matchday activities such as Donny Dog’s twitter, special visits and DDTV.”
This is the third time Rovers have been shortlisted for Family Club of the Year at the EFL awards, and are one of only six clubs to have achieve the Family Excellence standard 11 years in a row, as well as being one of only 10 to receive a gold award in Family Excellence.
Rovers will find out at the EFL awards on Sunday April 7 if they have been successful in the bid to become overall EFL Family Club of the Year for the first time.