Doncaster Rovers and Doncaster Senior League link-up ‘can be mutually beneficial’

Sutton Rovers did the Doncaster Senior League double last season.
Sutton Rovers did the Doncaster Senior League double last season.
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Doncaster Rovers’ link-up with the Doncaster & District Senior League can be ‘mutually beneficial’.

That is the verdict of Senior League secretary Jonathan Preen.

Rovers were last week unveiled as new sponsors of the local Saturday league.

It is hoped the partnership will halt a decline in open age grass roots football and also encourage more people in the town to support their local team.

From this season the league will be re-branded as the ‘Doncaster Rovers Senior Football League’.

Senior League officials say they understand that no other league is sponsored by and working in partnership with a Football League club.

“This is a fantastic opportunity for the league and all involved in it,” said league secretary Jonathan Preen.

“Open age grass roots football has been on the decline for the last ten to 15 years due to social and economic changes.

“So this seemed like a logical step to try and give the grass roots game in Doncaster a push.

“We’ve been building bridges with Rovers for a while now.

“Last year the Doncaster and District FA Cup final was played at the Keepmoat Stadium for the first time, which was great for the competition. It used to be played at Belle Vue.

“Rovers very much want to be a community and family club and this relationship is a continuation of that.

“Developing their links with grass roots football is the next step for the club and it helps us by raising the profile of the league.

“Hopefully it will get a lot more people interested.

“And in turn, as a league, we’ll be encouraging people to go and watch Rovers and support their local team by doing ticket initiatives and things like ‘Rovers Days’.

“In effect we’re helping each other. It should be a mutually beneficial partnership.”

The Doncaster Senior League was formed in 1925.

Former Rovers players to have played in the Senior League include Terry Curran, Peter Kitchen, Stan Brookes, Steve Uzelac, Mike Elwiss, Alan Warboys, Glynn Snodin and Ian Snodin.

The league is currently accepting applications from teams wanting to enter the league for the 2015/16 season.

For more information contact Jonathan Preen by emailing jonpreen@sky.com or phone 07891 195889.

n Rovers departed for their six-day pre-season training camp in Portugal yesterday.