On Sunday May 13th, 40 men will be walking out the tunnel to the Keepmoat turf to fulfil a childhood dream.
The two squads of 20 will pull on home and away Doncaster Rovers shirts and listen to the commands of club legends, Jan Budtz and Tim Ryan as they battle for 90 minutes.
Each one of them will represent Club Doncaster Foundation’s Fit Rovers programme, the free 8-week health improvement course they have progressed through.
Fit Rovers is designed to engage males aged 30+, who are at risk of health conditions such as type 1 and type 2 diabetes, CHD and CVC. So far, the course has been an incredible success, with 177 men progressing through the course, losing a combined 78 stone.
At the end of the 8 weeks, the men have the choice to maintain their lifestyle change, with follow on Fit Rovers Vets sessions, that cost just £2 weekly, for full circuits and football sessions and exercise and lifestyle help.
Proud of their achievement and their commitment to helping change the lives of the Doncaster community, Doncaster Rovers players and their boss, Darren Ferguson have regularly praised the course, with many of them turning up at sessions to show their support.
Course facilitator, Scott Copeland said:
“The results speak for themselves. This isn’t just an 8-week course, the facilities at the Keepmoat have allowed us to continue their journey by offering Fit Rovers veteran sessions, and some of the blokes have been coming for over 18 months now.
“The changes to their mental and physical health is quite apparent and we’re proud of the effort each of them make. This game on the pitch is a massive opportunity for them, and a brilliant way to thank them.”
Over the coming weeks, the squads face training sessions with their respective managers to prepare for the game, and meet them for the first time since finding out which squad they were in.
The big game kicks off on Sunday May 13th and gates will be open from 3pm for a 4pm kick off. Friends, family, partners and Rovers fans are all welcomed to watch this tasty game with tickets priced at just £3 for adults and £1 for children.
All the money raised will go directly back into the Fit Rovers project to help sustain the programme and allow the team to deliver unique events like this one.
None of this would be possible without our partners, NHS CCG, we would like to thank them for their continued support.
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For more information about the course, contact the team on 07841000548 / firstname.lastname@example.org.