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Rovers headed all over Doncaster

15 September 2022

Club News

Rovers headed all over Doncaster

15 September 2022

The entire Rovers squad and management headed All Rover Doncaster, as the club continues to reengage with the community following the COVID-19 pandemic.

As part of the day, the squad and staff Gary McSheffrey and James Coppinger headed out into Doncaster visiting local businesses, schools, charities and junior football teams. 

Businesses visited included Club Doncaster 100 Club partners: Doncaster College, Keepmoat Homes, Highfield Qualifications and Polypipe. 

Rovers goalkeeper Jonathan Mitchell visited Polypipe with Louis Jones, he said: “It was really interesting to see how the business works from a position you might not always look at.

“For a local business to support the local team is brilliant. It makes us one big family and it was great to see everyone who works here.”

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Captain Adam Clayton and Jack Degruchy spent an hour volunteering in the city centres Cancer Research UK store, handing out ticket vouchers to people who bought something from the store for our match against Swindon Town. The Doncaster branch is a Charity 100 partner, but the organisation remains close the club’s heart following the passing of Richard Bailey earlier this year.

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There was also visits to primary schools: Norton, Dunsville, St. Joseph’s, Mount Carmel where students were treated to PE lessons, book readings and Q&As with players and coaches. 

Some Rovers players even put on training sessions for Edlington White Stars and Rossington Main Juniors.

Marketing manager Mark Hughesman said: “A huge part of our DNA as a club is looking after the community and engaging with young people across the borough.

“COVID-19 hampered how we could engage with the community which restricted us to only virtual player meets, however we can now get out on the road.

“In the summer we were able to go out with the players and hand-deliver 100 plus season cards which was an experience the players loved being able to meet a small selection of our loyal supporters.

“With that in our minds, we wanted to do something equally as special as Autumn approaches and again the players enjoyed visiting local businesses that keeps our local economy strong, junior football teams, primary schools and local charities.” 

One of the stops on the day was to Kate Mallinson, who is living with a life-threatening condition called Elher-Danlos (EDS). She needs help raising money for a life-saving operation. To help her, Coppinger and Reo Griffiths delivered a signed shirt and ticket voucher to be raffled off as part of Kate’s upcoming online auction. You can donate towards Kate’s cause HERE.

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