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Doncaster School for the Deaf attend Rovers celebration match

7 October 2021

On Saturday, the club invited children from the Doncaster School for the Deaf to the Keepmoat Stadium as part of the club’s 142-year anniversary celebrations.

In 1879, the club’s founder, Albert Jenkins, and a team of railway workers formed a side to play against the boys from the school and later – after drawing 4-4 – decided to create a team called Doncaster Rovers.

To celebrate, Ralph, Keira and Mohammad from the school were invited as the club’s special guests and were took penalties on the pitch at half-time.

Ralph and Keira were also joined by Plamen and Seth to help deliver the team news in the stadium and online.

Jane Goodman, deputy head at Doncaster School for the Deaf said: “Our pupils thoroughly enjoyed being a part of Doncaster Rovers anniversary celebrations and it is wonderful to see them marking their history and their relationship with Doncaster School for the Deaf in this way.

“A number of our pupils attended the game and were so excited to be invited onto the pitch at half time. It was great for them to see the videos using British Sign Language being shared on the big screen. Thank you so much to the team and to Club Doncaster for doing this.”

Staff around Club Doncaster have been taking part in deaf awareness training and have been learning BSL as part of the Doncaster Deaf Trust free online course - find out how you can start learning BSL from home here. 

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