Dons pitch a novel idea - and it’s free!

Children do the Haka at the Gateshead game. Picture: Steve Uttley
Children do the Haka at the Gateshead game. Picture: Steve Uttley

DONCASTER RLFC want youngsters to ‘pitch in’ when they host London Skolars later this month.

The Dons have invited EVERY school pupil in the borough to attend the Championship One clash on Sunday, June 26 (3pm), for FREE.

The club hope to cover the entire Keepmoat Stadium playing surface with youngsters prior to kick off!

Dons in the Community worker Martin Rowlands told the Free Press that the initiative is part of a major push to increase attendances at games.

He said: “We want to get more kids involved with the club and coming to watch us, so we had the idea of trying to fill the pitch.

“It’s never been done before so it’s something a little bit different and hopefully the schools will support us.

“I’ve sent out invites to every primary and secondary school in Doncaster.

“Obviously it’s quite an ambitious idea. But if you don’t try, you don’t succeed.”

The invitation to the game is open to all children up to Year 11.

Sports clubs and organisations can also apply for tickets for children aged 16 and under.

Each child will receive a free ticket for the game, while any adults attending with children will receive a half price ticket costing £5.

The Dons’ Community department recently picked up the Sports Business of the Year Award at the annual Doncaster Sports Awards, where they were rewarded for the work they have done promoting sporting activity across the borough.

For more information about the event contact Martin on 07506 647573 or 01302 765888.

Martin would also like to hear from anyone willing to sponsor the event, who could provide t-shirts in the Dons’ blue and gold colours for every participating child.

n Children will also be admitted for free when the Dons host Oldham this Sunday (3pm) at the Keepmoat Stadium as part of the ‘Kids Go Free’ initiative.

The scheme, launched by the Co-operative and the RFL over the winter, allows children under 16 to attend Co-operative Championship and Championship One games during the school holidays free of charge when accompanied by a paying adult.

n This Sunday’s game will also raise money in honour of teenage Doncaster soldier Liam Maughan, who was killed in Afghanistan last year.

Funds raised on the day will be donated to the 3 Rifles charity.