Rovers Academy's Coppinger Cup - held at the Club Doncaster Academy pitches next to the Keepmoat Stadium - was a big success.
The free-to-enter tournament hosted 32 U7s teams from across York, Hull, Leeds, Bradford, Sheffield, Rotherham, Lincoln, Nottingham, and Doncaster giving grassroots clubs the chance to compete with teams they wouldn’t usually play against.
“Saturday gave players the chance to play teams from a variety of different areas,” said head of Doncaster Rovers Foundation Phase Michael Pedley.
“The standard was very high, but most importantly it was just great to see so many kids enjoying their football and having fun.
“It was a great day all round, and we look forward to hosting again next year. I want to a big thank you to everyone that helped make the day such a success including the scholars, staff, coaches, parents, and of course the players!”
James Coppinger made an appearance at the tournament that bears his name and was on hand to present the winners with medals and a trophy. After the tournament, Coppinger met next season’s U9s and officially welcomed them to the club.
“It was great to have Copps officially welcome our new U9 cohort into the academy,” Michael added.
“He means a lot to our Academy players. All of them have grown up watching his magic over the years. He is a role model to everyone connected to the club, so there was no one better to induct our new U9’s into the academy.”