There’s something special happening at the Keepmoat Stadium this weekend as the children take over.This Saturday’s match against Rochdale will see something special happen at the Keepmoat as school children from all over Doncaster will take part in Rovers' second Junior Takeover Day.
Roles that children will be filling on the day range from groundsman, community coach, tannoy announcer, referee, kit man and even the first team manager. This year they will also have a junior player, which no club has ever done before.
On the day, each child will assist that particular staff member with matchday duties and will experience what goes on behind the scenes during a Rovers matchday - a once in a lifetime opportunity.
Marketing and Communications Manager Ryan Murrant said: “As a club our aim is to engage with the local schools and those that are already working with the Club Doncaster Foundation.
“We want to get Rovers into the children’s blood from a young age and opportunities like this do just that. Last year the day was fantastic, but this year it’s going to be bigger and better. We are even going to have a junior player which I believe is a first."
Community Manager Marie Hepburn added: “As part of our exclusive coaching and engagement package, school children that are actively working with Club Doncaster Foundation were invited to apply for jobs here at Doncaster Rovers and tell us why they think they would be best suited to the role.
"The event also targets literacy within the class as pupils have to write an application for their preferred role, outlining their suitability.
"There are around 30 roles available for students to experience and the winning applicants are selected based on the applications submitted by a panel of staff from the Foundation and Club. All schools/applicants who apply are also offered discounted tickets to the game."
This year each successful applicant will receive a ticket to the match, along with an adult ticket. There will also be a special presentation to all the children after the match with first-team players Cedric Evina and Andy Butler.