Last week, The Foundation showcased a handful of activities throughout the week, as part of the EFL Week of Action, providing an insight into the broad range of projects delivered on a regular basis, in helping to improve lives within the community and become a healthier, better connected and inclusive City.
The EFL Week of Action is an annual League-wide celebration of the work done by EFL Clubs and their Club Community Organisations (CCOs) in their respective areas.
Our week of action kicked off with a visit to the Club Doncaster Sports College on Monday, to take a look at what students get up to during their educational courses. One group of students were learning about the cardiovascular system in their class, while others were making use of the Foundation Fitness gym as part of their practical.
Students currently on university degree courses based at the Sports College were also presenting their research method proposals for their course.
Tuesday morning, we headed to one of our partner schools, Sunnyfields Primary School to see our coaches in action, as they delivered a seasonal changes lesson as part of their morning interventions with Year 2 pupils.
Back at the stadium in the afternoon, participants of our Rovers Connects weekly session, were joined by the Doncaster Rovers U18’s team. The scholars joined in with a number of bingo games, after the participants had completed their walk around the lake, chatting to participants and even winning a couple of games of bingo themselves!
Wednesday saw our third Fit Rovers Families post-natal course, the first one of 2023, take place in the afternoon, with Doncaster Rovers club captain, Tommy Rowe, in attendance. He came along to the session to talk with participants and share his own experiences of parenthood.
On Thursday evening, the weekly Club Doncaster Titans disability football session was visited by Doncaster Rovers ex-player, now first team transition coach, Paul Green. He joined in with the activities and went in goal for the shooting drill, giving participants the chance to score past him. Before leaving, participants had the chance to ask Paul for any advice that would help them progress with their football.
As we were nearing the end of the week of action, we joined participants at our LGBTQ+ group, on Friday, for a drink and a chat. This session is just one of many that we deliver on a weekly basis, to provide an inclusive offer to our community in Doncaster.
Our week of action was rounded off on Saturday afternoon with our EFL Kids Cup Final. Due to the postponement of the Doncaster Rovers game, due to the weather, both teams weren’t able to play their final on the Eco-Power Stadium pitch, but instead, were treated to a stadium tour before their own game.
Both Copley Junior School and Warmsworth Primary School had booked their place in the final in the initial tournament a few weeks ago. An entertaining final saw Warmsworth win 3-2 and will now go on to represent Doncaster Rovers in the regional final, later on this year.
Speaking of the week of action, John Davis, Club Doncaster Foundation CEO said, “The EFL week of action is a fantastic way for us and the rest of the EFL network to demonstrate the life changing work that goes on across the country.
“Here in Doncaster, we’ve looked to demonstrate the breadth of work that goes on along with the number of people we work with on a weekly basis.
“Campaigns like the #EFLWeekOfAction help us shine a light on the fantastic work of our team here in Doncaster and how we connect Doncaster Rovers FC to the community.”
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