Family club award honour for Doncaster Rovers

Winners of the Nickelodeon Family Club of the Year for League 1 Doncaster Rovers at The Football League Awards 2016
Winners of the Nickelodeon Family Club of the Year for League 1 Doncaster Rovers at The Football League Awards 2016

Doncaster Rovers hit the back of the net after being named League One Family Club of The Year at a prestigious awards ceremony.

Darren Ferguson’s side might be struggling on the field but it was cheers all round as staff from the club picked up the gong at the Football League Awards.

Marketing and communications manager Ryan Murrant said: “We are absolutely delighted to be recognised for our efforts and dedication to making the family experience here a good one.

“We run a series of initiatives throughout the season that allow us to engage with families, school children and parents alike and we are proud of the journey that we’re going on.

“When we run these initiatives we see a significant increase in matchday ticket sales and it is then down to us to do enough to get them to come back.

“Our junior takeover day is a standout initiative in the Football League, as is our Donny’s Deli where children have their lunchbox delivered by the mascot – and among other things that we do on matchdays, we believe we offer a valued day out in Doncaster.

We are absolutely delighted to be recognised for our efforts and dedication

Marketing and communications manager Ryan Murrant

“Results haven’t always gone our way this season on the pitch, but with the support from the board, Gavin Baldwin and Liam Scully, Darren Ferguson and his staff, we are confident that we keep families entertained when they are here and we thank them for their support.

“It will always be our aim to make our fans proud of the club and to instill civic pride across Doncaster.”

Defender Andy Butler was also nominated in the PFA Player In The Community category but was pipped to the post by former Doncaster ace George Friend, currently playing for Middlesbrough FC.

This year the Football League Awards were held in Manchester for the first time. The winners were announced at a gala ceremony on Sunday – the same date on which The Football League was officially formed in Manchester in 1888.

Alexei Burke-Lejeune and Luc Burke-Lejeune with James Coppinger

Alexei Burke-Lejeune and Luc Burke-Lejeune with James Coppinger

Drew Barrand, marketing director of The Football League, said: “The Football League Awards 2016 provide a platform for us to showcase the very best of what the Football League is all about.

“The standard of entries has gone up so those clubs and individuals shortlisted deserve real praise for their achievements.”