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  1. During this edition, Carl answers questions from the fans as well as paying tribute to Kato Ottio, who passed away this week. View the full article
  2. NEWS | Squad numbers confirmed

    The Dons 2018 squad numbers have been confirmed with several new signings being handed numbers between one and 13 for the new campaign. Liam Harris and Ryan Boyle have been given numbers seven and 10 respectively, while fellow recruit Richard Owen will wear the No.1 shirt. Brad England has been rewarded for his consistent displays in 2017 as he moves from 34 to 11, while Russ Spiers takes the No.8 shirt, after previously wearing 16. See the full squad list below: Richard Owen Aaron Jones-Bishop Liam Welham Jason Tali Sam Doherty Jordan Howden Liam Harris Russ Spiers Kyle Kesik Ryan Boyle Brad England Jason Muranka Jordie Hedges Connor Scott Kieran Cross Zac Braham Jack Miller Charlie Martin Connor Bower N/A Jez Litten Jordan Lane Ross Osborne Jack Sanderson N/A Brandan Wilkinson The Dons return to the Keepmoat Stadium to face London Broncos in a pre-season friendly on Sunday January 21, buy your tickets now from the Club Doncaster Box Office, on 01302 762 576 or at tickets.clubdoncaster.co.uk View the full article
  3. VACANCY | Grounds person

    Club Doncaster, based at the Keepmoat Stadium, home to Doncaster Rovers FC and Doncaster Rugby League FC, are seeking to appoint an enthusiastic and hardworking grounds person. Their role will be to help prepare and maintain the playing surfaces and landscaped areas at the stadium and training ground facility. Reporting directly to the head grounds person, the candidate should have keen attention to detail, and have previous experience in respect of undertaking this role within an elite sporting structure. We are looking for people with the desire to work within all areas of Club Doncaster who demonstrate integrity, compassion, pride and honesty and a desire to continuously improve themselves and those around them. Applicants should be hard working, committed and have a keen interest in growing the Club Doncaster reputation and brand. The RoleWe have an exciting opportunity for a grounds person to support an deliver the development of all areas of pitch and grounds maintenance. The role will be based at the Keepmoat Stadium. Successful applicants, should have demonstrable experience in the upkeep of elite landscapes, and it would be desirable to have undertaken formal based qualifications within landscape and pitch maintenance. The applicant will be required to support and work together with the small but hard working team to maintain excellence in our pitches around all sites. Skills required Be willing and capable of carrying out medium to heavy manual work tasks in all weather conditions. Enjoy working outdoors. Previous experience within a similar role Enjoy working in a team but also on you own initiative. Be able to work in a professional and responsible manner. Enjoy learning and developing within a horticulture environment Have excellent attention to detail. Personal qualities Punctual and have an excellent record of attendance. Willing to learn and committed to achieving high standards within their work. If you would like to apply for the role please submit your CV and cover letter toHR manager Kirsty Cavanagh at kirsty.cavanagh@clubdoncaster.co.uk. Club Doncaster is an equal opportunities employer and is keen to here from all persons who feel that this would be the right role for them regardless of age or gender. Or write to: Kirsty CavanaghKeepmoat StadiumStadium WayDoncasterDN4 5JW The closing date for applications is Friday January 19 2018. View the full article
  4. The RFL have announced Betfred will become the title partner of the Championship and League 1 until the end of the 2019 season, meaning that the UK based bookmakers now sponsor all three professional tiers of the sport. Betfred have two years remaining on their Super League title sponsorship agreement and following a fantastic first year in the sport, have decided to increase their involvement in the game by becoming title partner of the top three tiers of the sport. Speaking following the announcement, acting Rugby Football League Chief Executive, Ralph Rimmer said: “We are delighted that Betfred have extended their involvement in the sport to the Championship and League 1. Betfred’s first year involved in the Super League was an unquestionable success and I am certain that they will bring the passion and enthusiasm to their extended sponsorship. “The Championship and League 1 provide great entertainment and are an integral part of the game and the fact that Betfred have extended their sponsorship to these tiers of the sport demonstrates the value they see in being involved in Rugby League. The Betfred Championship is now one of the most geographically diverse competitions in the world including teams from Toronto, Toulouse and London and with this new deal I am certain both competitions will go from strength to strength. The partnership will see brand exposure for Betfred via in-stadia perimeter at all Championship and League 1 clubs as well as supporting the Championship’s big weekend, the Summer Bash at Blackpool in May when all six games will be shown live on Sky Sports. Speaking about the partnership, Betfred boss Fred Done said: “Our first year as title sponsors of Super League was both a very successful and satisfying one for me and I had no hesitation in agreeing to extend our sponsorship to the Championship and League 1.” View the full article
  5. The RFL have announced that Betfred will become the title partner of the Championship and League 1 until the end of the 2019 season, meaning that the UK based bookmakers now sponsor all three professional tiers of the sport. Betfred have two years remaining on their Super League title sponsorship agreement and following a fantastic first year in the sport, have decided to increase their involvement in the game by becoming title partner of the top three tiers of the sport. Speaking following the announcement, acting Rugby Football League Chief Executive, Ralph Rimmer said: “We are delighted that Betfred have extended their involvement in the sport to the Championship and League 1. Betfred’s first year involved in the Super League was an unquestionable success and I am certain that they will bring the passion and enthusiasm to their extended sponsorship. “The Championship and League 1 provide great entertainment and are an integral part of the game and the fact that Betfred have extended their sponsorship to these tiers of the sport demonstrates the value they see in being involved in Rugby League. The Betfred Championship is now one of the most geographically diverse competitions in the world including teams from Toronto, Toulouse and London and with this new deal I am certain both competitions will go from strength to strength. The partnership will see brand exposure for Betfred via in-stadia perimeter at all Championship and League 1 clubs as well as supporting the Championship’s big weekend, the Summer Bash at Blackpool in May when all six games will be shown live on Sky Sports. Speaking about the partnership, Betfred boss Fred Done said: “Our first year as title sponsors of Super League was both a very successful and satisfying one for me and I had no hesitation in agreeing to extend our sponsorship to the Championship and League 1.” View the full article
  6. NEWS | Horne wants Dons identity

    Richard Horne is looking for his team to play with an identity in 2018, as the head coach prepares for his first full season with the club. The Dons are aiming for an improvement on last season’s sixth placed finish in League One, and Horne says that getting the players in earlier than normal for pre-season will help in the long run. “Everyone says pre-season has gone well but it’s down to us to put that into action when the game starts, hopefully the boys will have taken on board what we want them to do,” he said. “Bringing the lads in earlier has allowed them to improve their strength and fitness from last season considerably, once the games start we’ll know more about which players need more work. “We’ve had a little run out behind closed doors against Hull and we went well in that, we played really well and got some real positives out of it.” With the average age of the squad dropping considerably in the off-season, Horne wants some of the younger players in the squad to take more responsibility both on and off the pitch. “The squad is hungry, we’ve got a lot of talented boys in the group who want to be playing at a higher level so we want to help them on that path and make them really good players for the Dons,” he added. “We don’t want to be in this division for too long as our ambition is to play higher, and that’s the motivation for the squad here. “I think everyone has to prove themselves as it’s a fresh start for the club, the pre-season games allow the players to impress and make sure they’re in the team for the first league game.” Tickets for the Dons' pre-season fixtures against London Broncos and Batley Bulldogs are available from tickets.clubdoncaster.co.uk View the full article
  7. Club Doncaster Foundation are looking for aspiring coaches to join the team as casual coaching assistants. The role will be to support our team of highly qualified and skilled coaches in the delivery of football and other sports sessions both during school and community setting. We are looking for enthusiastic people that want to learn and develop a career in sport. Club Doncaster Foundation represents Doncaster Rovers FC and Doncaster Dons RFL teams within the community setting. Main duties will include: To assist the delivery of Club Doncaster Foundation sessions within schools and community. To support the safety of participants ensuring fun is had in a safe environment. To maintain the quality of Club Doncaster Foundations equipment. To uphold the brand standards of the organisation with a professional but personable approach. Candidates applying for this position will only be considered if they hold a Level 1 Coaching qualification which is recognised by a National Governing Body. Successful candidates will be required to complete an enhanced DBS check. Club Doncaster recognises that the safety and protection of those children and young people in day to day contact with the club is paramount. The company is committed to creating a safe culture for all. Club Doncaster is an Equal Opportunities Employer If you are keen to undertake a new challenge please e-mail a copy of your Covering letter, CV and availability for working hours to Kirsty Cavanagh HR Manager at Kirsty.cavanagh@clubdoncaster.co.uk If you have any questions regarding the role, please contact Community Officer– Dean Sharp at dean.sharp@clubdoncasterfoundation.co.uk View the full article
  8. During this edition, Carl Hall talks about the number of season tickets sold during Challenge 1000, as well as looking ahead to the Dons' pre-season fixtures against London Broncos and Batley Bulldogs. View the full article
  9. NEWS | Don Brooks funeral details

    Don Brooks will be laid to rest at the Holy Trinity Church in the grounds of Yorkshire school for the Deaf on Friday January 5 at 2:45pm. The funeral will be followed by a small family gathering at Rose Hill Crematorium. Those attending the funeral are invited back to the Keepmoat Stadium Player's Lounge for refreshments from 4:30pm. View the full article
  10. Dons’ fans can enjoy a free tea or coffee at the Thorntons Café when they visit Lakeside Village until January 31 thanks to a special deal with the club. The stores at Lakeside Village are all currently in sale mode which means that extra discounts are available on their already fantastic value goods. Following a hectic Christmas period, which included a visit from the famous Coca-Cola Truck, the centre is now busy with sales shoppers who are keen to bag a bargain. John Magee, centre manager for Lakeside Village said: “We are pleased to be able to offer Dons fans a free tea or coffee when they visit Lakeside Village during this sales period. “We have a great relationship with Doncaster Rugby League and are pleased to work with Club Doncaster on a number of initiatives. Our free to play crazy golf is still up and running and we have both indoor soft play and outdoor play areas to help to keep the kids entertained during shopping trips. “Visitors can enjoy our free parking, while shopping at the centre, and make the most of even more great discounts in all of our stores.” The voucher can be printed off using the link below: http://bit.ly/2qjmMt8 View the full article
  11. NEWS | Leigh friendly postponed

    The Dons’ pre-season fixture against Leigh Centurions has been postponed at the request of the Championship side. The game was scheduled to take place at the Keepmoat Stadium on Sunday January 14. Dons chief executive Carl Hall said: “We are obviously disappointed to lose this game, which would have been a really good test for our lads and a good match for the fans, but understand Leigh have some injuries and cannot send a side as a result of this. “I have a good relationship with Leigh owner Derek Beaumont and am sure he is as gutted as I am at this, but am sure we can sort something out for next pre-season - at which point they could well be a Super League side again. “We would still like a game that weekend to help get our boys into shape for the new season, so would welcome anyone who would like to step in to give me a shout and we can sort something out.” Leigh Centurions owner Derek Beaumont said: “I am obviously gutted to let Carl and his Doncaster club and fans down, when we got relegated I assured Carl we would still proceed with the game on the terms required of Super League clubs and that was always my intention. “I found this difficult to cancel last minute as I have always lived my life treating others as I expect to be treated and I would hate for this to happen to me in the same situation. I have taken measures to ensure that this doesn’t have a significant impact on the Doncaster club off-field and I hope they can draft in another team so as not to hinder their on-field preparation. “I would like to thank Carl for his understanding of this situation. I know it has greatly disappointed him, but he is a genuine quality guy and knows through our relationship that this has been difficult for me to do. “I can guarantee Carl and the Doncaster club and its supporters that irrespective of what division we find ourselves in next year they will be first on our list of friendlies. “Furthermore, in view of the manner in which this has been understood and accepted, if we are able to assist at anytime in the season with loan players or opposed sessions then they have my word we will do so." If you have purchased a ticket for the game, head to the Club Doncaster Box Office where you will recieve a full refund on your ticket. View the full article
  12. The Dons’ Challenge 1000 campaign finished on December 25 with a total of 366 adults, and 241 U16 season tickets being sold. Challenge 1000 was launched on Wednesday October 18 with season tickets capped at just £60 for adults, and kids going free at the Keepmoat Stadium in 2018. Head of group marketing & communications at Club Doncaster, Shaun Lockwood said: “We’ve had a great response to the Challenge 1000 campaign, adult season tickets have increased by 99% compared to 2017 and child season ticket numbers have increased by over 200 year on year. "These numbers provide us with a great platform to start growing the Dons fan-base from, our hard work now starts as we look to improve the match day experience at the club and keep the younger generation of supporters we’ve found with the Challenge 1000 campaign." Chief executive of the Dons, Carl Hall said: “Last season the Dons sold less than 200 season tickets in total, this year we now have over 600. It is a great achievement, especially considering the disappointing season we had in 2017. "Even with the reduced prices, our season ticket sales revenue has increased, with the additional funds going straight towards the first team to ensure Richard can make us competitive on the pitch." Those who have accepted our challenge will be contacted in due course to arrange payment on the outstanding balance owed. Phase two season ticket prices are now in place, with a full list of detailed pricing below: Up to February 18th December Adult - £120 (£9.23 per game) Concession 60+ - £105 (£8.08 per game) Children under 16 - Free Matchday prices – Adult - £15 Concession 60+ - £11 Children 5-16 - £1 Children U5 – Free Season tickets can be bought from the Club Doncaster Box Office, on 01302 762576 or at tickets.clubdoncaster.co.uk. View the full article
  13. NEWS | Visit Doncaster partnership

    The new year marks a brand new alliance with the coming together of Club Doncaster and Visit Doncaster in a partnership that will help both achieve their aims of putting the town on the map. Off the field of play, Club Doncaster’s vision is to help instil civic pride and passion in the town and this is something Visit Doncaster believes can be furthered by this new partnership. Visit Doncaster’s tourism development officer Richard Young said: ‘The team at Visit Doncaster works year round to promote the town, whether that’s to local residents or visitors from farther afield and we feel this partnership will help us to get our messages to a new audience. “Doncaster really has a lot to attract visitors into the borough, whether that’s our historical buildings and great heritage sites to more traditional tourism type attractions such as the Yorkshire Wildlife Park. Sport related tourism is very important to us and when you consider the many thousands of visitors that come to the town to see the races and the combined sporting fixtures of Rovers, Belles and the Dons then it’s easy to see why this partnership is so important to us when telling the Doncaster story. “Tourism in Doncaster is worth more than £400m annually and is a vital part of the future growth and prosperity of the town and as we move forward into 2018, with a number of major projects to improve the town centre there’s never been a better time to get sporting families to appreciate how great Doncaster really is.” Andrew Whitham, head of commercial affairs at Club Doncaster, said: “Doncaster is a great place to be, with fantastic attractions that welcome both residents and visitors alike. We are proud to be partnered with Visit Doncaster and to work together to make sure as many people as possible know what the borough has to offer.”The partnership will also give fans the chance to purchase home tickets from the towns Tourist Information Office in Priory Place. View the full article
  14. Chief executive's weekly update. View the full article
  15. NEWS | Dons players in club shop

    Fans will get the chance to meet the Dons first team squad in the Club Doncaster shop on Saturday December 23 between 9:30am-10:30am. With the new replica home and away shirts now available in time to be bought as a Christmas gift, fans can make a purchase while also meeting the players as they continue preparations for the new season. The new playing and training range is an ideal Christmas gift, with home and away shirts both available for a price of £44.95 for adults, and £36.95 for kids. The year's replica shirts is made of the same high quality material worn by the players. The Dons 2018 training range is also now available, with a number of products available from just £18.99. View the full article