Fun for ALL at Doncaster Rovers

Doncaster Rovers disability sports club.
Doncaster Rovers disability sports club.

DONCASTER Rovers have scored a hat trick for disability sport in the borough.

Rovers recently opened a new Soccer Skills Centre (pictured above) aimed specifically at young people with disabilities.

They have teamed up with Doncaster College to launch a Boccia club.

And Rovers’ community team are also preparing a Fun4All multisports activity programme in time for the summer holidays.

There are approximately 5,000 disabled children and young people living in Doncaster - and Rovers are determined to improve their access to sport and physical activity.

Marie Hepburn, disability sport and inclusion manager at Doncaster Rovers Community Foundation, said: “The launch of the new Soccer Skills Centre is furthering the club’s commitment to promoting the game on a wider scale.

“We are hoping to give the opportunity for participants to get the chance to play in a competitive league as part of the FA’s Ability Counts League.

“There will be countless opportunities for small sided games and having fun playing football.

“At Doncaster Rovers we are committed to increasing the opportunities for disabled people to access quality sport and physical activity,” she added.

“Rovers’ Boccia club is part of an ever expanding profile of activities developed throughout the Doncaster area.”

Rovers’ Soccer Skills Centre will provide structured coaching sessions.

It will also provide members with the opportunity to play competitive fixtures against neighbours Barnsley and Rotherham United.

Boccia, a form of bowls, is inclusive and both non-disabled and disabled people can play together to a highly competitive standard.

A Paralympic sport, Boccia has gained popularity in the UK due to the fact that any disabled person can take part and play, regardless of their ability.

In addition to these new clubs, Rovers’ Community team are delivering their Fun4All multisports activity programme in the school holidays as part of Aiming High Doncaster, a campaign to support families with disabled children.

The scheme will include short breaks for disabled children and provide opportunities for youngsters to get involved in multi sports, bike rides and football coaching.

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