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  1. SQUAD | 22 named for London clash

    Richard Horne has named a 22-man squad for the Dons' opening pre-season fixture against London Broncos this weekend. Richard Owen, Liam Harris and Ryan Boyle are in line to make their home debuts, while Nick Rawsthorne and Jack Downs are also included as part of the dual-registration system between the Dons and Hull FC. See the full squad below: Ryan Boyle, Zac Braham, Kieran Cross, Sam Doherty, Jack Downs (D/R), Brad England, Liam Harris, Jordie Hedges, Aaron Jones-Bishop, Kyle Kesik, Charlie Martin, Jack Miller, Jason Muranka, Ross Osborne, Richard Owen, Nick Rawsthorne (D/R), Jack Sanderson, Connor Scott, Russ Spiers, Jason Tali, Liam Welham, Brandan Wilkinson. London Broncos 27-man squad: Alex Walker, Rhys Williams, Matty Fleming, Michael Channing, Kieran Dixon, Jarrod Sammut, Api Pewhairangi, Tom Spencer, James Cunningham, Mark Ioane, Jay Pitts (C), Matt Gee, Matt Davis, Jacob Ogden, Ben Hellewell, Kameron Pearce-Paul, Gideon Boafa, Eddie Battye, Matthew Davies, Lewis Bienek, Will Lovell, Daniel Harrison, Sadiq Adebiyi, James Meadows, Daniel Hindmarsh, Robert Butler, Rhys Joel. You can purchase tickets for the game against London Broncos at the Keepmoat Stadium from the Club Doncaster Box Office, on 01302 762576 or at tickets.clubdoncaster.co.uk View the full article
  2. PREVIEW | England ready to go

    Brad England is raring to go in 2018 after working hard in the gym since the end of last season. The 23-year-old back-rower made 16 appearances in 2017, scoring three tries, and is looking for improvements all round this term. “Towards the end of last season my diet wasn’t as it should have been and I put quite a bit of weight on, I was up to about 100kg which isn’t a weight which suits my style of play,” he said. “In pre-season I’ve been doing extras and working hard to get down to a weight I feel comfortable at, I’ve lost 8kg which has made a massive difference. “92kg is my preferred weight and I feel a lot stronger and faster, I feel better when we’ve had little hit outs and I’m right up there with the best in terms of fitness in the squad.” England is aiming to impress Richard Horne, in what will be the head coach’s first full season in charge of the club. “It’s Richard’s first pre-season and I’m really happy with the way he wants me to play, I just have to keep impressing and improving to make sure I’m in the team,” he added. “The main thing has been to look at the technical side of things, our ruck speed is going to be key so we’re looking to be quicker with our plays. “We want to have a structure and style of play this year, we’ve got some talented lads in the squad and plenty of competition for places so everything is in place for a good season.” Tickets for the Dons pre-season fixtures against London Broncos and Batley Bulldogs from the Club Doncaster Box Office, on 01302 762576 or at tickets.clubdoncaster.co.uk View the full article
  3. VACANCY | Sales Leger

    Club Doncaster is the brand that connects Doncaster’s elite sports teams and manages the delivery of events at Doncaster’s Keepmoat Stadium. We are looking for people with the desire to support the key organisations who are a part of Club Doncaster, Doncaster Rovers FC, Doncaster Rugby League Club, and Club Doncaster Foundation. Based within the accounts department, the successful applicant will support aspects of Sales leger, and when needed support purchase leger and payroll functions. Applicants should be hard working and committed to delivering the highest quality shared service function, as a part of a small but friendly team. Applicants should be flexible in their approach to full time employment working, as the role may entail working on some Saturdays. The ideal candidates will have an interest and experience in ensuring that the sales accounts function is delivered to a high standard, ensuring that income is invoiced and collected in a swift and efficient way. All candidates should demonstrate previous experience delivering sales related account support, and able to work within a fast paced environment, whilst demonstrating high levels of attention to detail to process and deliver invoice and payment related work. Club Doncaster is also committed to ensuring to the highest standards of Safeguarding, we are 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. If you would like to apply for the role please submit your CV and cover letter to Kirsty Cavanagh HR Manager kirsty.cavanagh@clubdoncaster.co.uk Kirsty Cavanagh Keepmoat Stadium Stadium Way Doncaster DN4 5JW Closing Date January 26 2018 View the full article
  4. NEWS | Hall thanks club partners

    Dons chief executive Carl Hall has thanked the club’s partners for their continued support ahead of the 2018 campaign. DC Training, Carol Green Nutrition, Utilita, IFS Risk Solutions and Quest Solutions have all become new partners of the club this year. They join Centurion, New Image Contracts, Crown Hotel, Piper's Car Sales, Furniture Factors, Donasonic, FBT and Resin Bonded Surfacing, who continue to sponsor the Dons’ home and away kits for the upcoming season. Carl Hall said: “We are pleased to have the sponsors on board with us ahead of what we hope will be a successful season for the Dons both on and off the pitch. “We would like to welcome our new kit sponsors as well as thanking the ones that have stuck with us for the past few seasons, we are grateful for the backing they give us.” View the full article
  5. With the 2018 League One season fast approaching, Dons Season Ticket Plus Memberships are now on sale from the Club Doncaster Box Office. Fans purchasing the product can take advantage of some great deals including access to a matchday programme, half time draw ticket and car parking at all league home games. Part of the deal also includes a DNA Card, with which you can ensure considerable benefits that offers fans savings on Virgin Trains, One Call Insurance and FBT products. A limited edition Dons branded rugby ball and a Dons team poster is also available within the package, with the overall price just £99. Dons phase two season ticket prices are now in place, and can be bought from the Club Doncaster Box Office, on 01302 762576 or at tickets.clubdoncaster.co.uk View the full article
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. 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