Doncaster Rovers aiming to be named country’s number one football club

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Doncaster Rovers are hoping to score success off the field in a nationwide contest to find the country’s number one football club.

Rovers will be up against some big hitters from the football world after being nominated for the prestigious community club of the year award for the second successive year.

The club will battle it out with four clubs from across England after being named on the 2015 Football League awards shortlist.

The award recognises the country’s best community clubs, rewarding those which have demonstrated success in engaging with their community over the last year.

The shortlist is comprised of five regional winners, which includes Rovers, representing Yorkshire and the North East, former Premier League champions Blackburn Rovers representing the North West, Derby County, representing the Midlands, East representatives Norwich City and southern region finalists Brighton and Hove Albion.

League One Rovers are the lowest ranked club in the contest, going up against four Championship outfits. Doncaster were nominated for the same award last year, but lost out to Brentford. Rovers chief executive Gavin Baldwin (left) said securing a second successive nomination shows the off-field strides the club is making.

He said: “This is great news for the football club, the foundation and Club Doncaster Foundation.”

Doncaster Rovers Community Sports & Education Foundation is a non-profit, self-funding registered charity and community organisation which has been working within the Doncaster Community for more than 25 years.

Club Doncaster unites Doncaster Rugby League, Doncaster Rovers and Choose Fitness gyms to provide members a host of leisure and entertainment facilities. Mr Baldwin said: “The work the foundations do is outstanding and something we are proud of.

“Liam Scully and his team continue to deliver across the board and this nomination proves they are not only meeting but also exceeding all expectations.” Liam, chief executive of Club Doncaster Foundation, said: “It’s great for Rovers and the Club Doncaster Foundation to be recognised against our well-respected peers within the Football League who all do great work within their local communities.

“Over the past 12 months, we have delivered a range of projects which have gone on to develop stronger communities, promoted civic pride and improved the health and wellbeing of individuals and the community generally.

“We are proud of our achievements which have been delivered in partnership with a range of strategic partners and for this we must thank them as well as our dedicated team members who year on year deliver outstanding results.”

Among some of the community events organised by Rovers in recent months are the annual visit to sick youngsters at Doncaster Royal Infirmary and the recent Junior Takeover Day, where youngsters were given the chance to shadow Rovers employees and take on job roles at the club.

The winners will be announced at a gala ceremony in London on April 19.

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