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On Saturday 24th of November, before our clash with Scunthorpe United Lee Croft and Andy Audsley (VSC Directors) presented to James Husband (on behalf of DRFC) a big cheque of 5,000. This donation comes on the back of the VSC's Tomorrow's Rovers fundraising campaign.

 James Husband - who came up from the Doncaster Rovers Youth Team - was given his opportunity in the first team towards the end of last season and turned in some impressive performances, not looking out of place on a field of players with combined career transfer fees well into the tens of millions of pounds and he has continued his impressive display into this season. We asked to present it to James because his story is one that we hope becomes a common one for players of the Youth Team in the future. 

This development of local young players is, in the view of the VSC Board, vital to the future of the club - a steady stream of players developed in the Doncaster Rovers way, who understand the way we play because that is the way they have been taught, and are able to come into the first team and be comfortable, prepared and excel.

We hope that this is the first of many donations from our Tomorrow's Rovers fund, and as such we hope that you keep supporting our cause by donating to the fund. We know times are hard, but see this as a very worthy cause with a tangible payback.  Many supporters tell us that seeing local lads come through and pull on the iconic red and white hoops gives them an enormous sense of pride.

Please support this cause by donating to Tomorrow's Rovers Today!:



or email nathan.batchelor@drfc-vsc.co.uk if you would like to donate via an alternative method.  

As little or as much as you can give will be gratefully received, and move us closer to a better future of Doncaster boys playing for their local team! So lets build a better future for Tomorrow's Rovers, today!

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What is the VSC?
The VSC is a registered Community Benefit Society (more commonly known as Industrial and Provident Societies) and as such are regulated by the Financial Services Authority and we have our own set of Rules which dictate what we can and can't do.
A copy of the Rules which can be downloaded from http://www.drfc-vsc.co.uk/files/VSC-Rules-2012.doc 
Some of the rules you need to remember:
   The VSC is independent from DRFC and for the benefit of the Community it serves and not its members.
   Your share only remains your property so long as you remain paying your subscription. If you don't pay your subscription your share automatically becomes the property of the society
   The VSC is to conduct its business in a fair, open and democratic manner and encour- ages the club to do the same.

The VSC: "A Model Trust"
Following the In Rovers We Trust Project, the VSC has been recognised outside of Doncaster, being called a "Model Trust" by Supporters Direct and this recog- nition was acknowledged in the 2012 Fans Weekend between Supporters Direct and the Football supporters Federation.

VSC Success:
*Improved the VSC website and forum for the benefit of all DRFC supporters
*The first 'Supporters Trust' in the country to incorporate the new Supporters Direct rules
*Successfully introduced the 'fan engagement' concept to DRFC which became the DRFC 'In Rovers We Trust' campaign to significantly improve the relationship between the club and its core supporters. We are seeing the success of In Rovers We Trust now, such as pay on the gate trials at home cup fixtures
*We have a Board member on the National Council of the Football Supporters Federation
* We have a Board member on the Doncaster Football Partnership
*Created our Community Panel to create opportunities for charitable work
* A close working relationship with the Community Foundation team which resulted in the introduction of the Fit Fans Initiative and we assisted by donating a hospitality box for a Rovers game for the participants
*Negotiated with the club on Season Ticket and match day prices plus encouraged the elimination of match categories.
*Assisted with the creation of add-ons for Season Ticket holders
*The behind the scenes work to ensure the Keepmoat Stadium was retained as a community benefit for the local community but especially DRFC supporters
* We contributed to the 'Rovers Promise' and assisted with updating the clubs charter
*  Renaming of the Lakeside Bar to the Belle Vue Bar
* Donated memorabilia to brighten up the Belle Vue Bar and launched a campaign for fans to be able to donate their memorabilia to display too.
* Raised funds and donated VSC memorabilia to Billy Sharp's LJS Foundation 
*  Sponsored children's football activities at the Keepmoat
* Met with SYPTE and DRFC officials to resolve the post-match public transport issues.


The VSC Board
The VSC consists of a Board of 12 directors, each elected for a 2 year term by the VSC Membership. These directors donate their free time and expertise on your behalf to make decisions about the VSC, set the direction of the Society within the club and the community.
The VSC Board meets once a month to ensure that they can deal with issues when they arise effectively and efficiently. All of the VSC Board Meetings are minuted and published in the VSC Members only section of the Forum.
Chairman: Nathan Batchelor (nathan.batchelor@drfc-vsc.co.uk
Secretary:Martin O'Hara ( martin.ohara@drfc-vsc.co.uk
Treasurer: Mark Lister (mark.lister@drfc-vsc.co.uk
Vice Treasurer: Andy Audsley (andrew.audsley@drfc-vsc.co.uk
Membership Officer: Lee Croft (lee.croft@drfc-vsc.co.uk
Press/Communications Officer: Mike Follows (mike.follows@drfc-vsc.co.uk
Community Officer: Dave Burkitt (dave.burkitt@drfc-vsc.co.uk
Commercial Officer : Kevin Twell (kevin.twell@drfc-vsc.co.uk ) 
IT/Website Officer: Rob Willliams (rob.williams@drfc-vsc.co.uk
Board Members without portfolio: Glyn Wigley (glyn.wigley@drfc-vsc.co.uk), Martyn Bentley (martyn.bentley@drfc-vsc.co.uk), Rob Clark (rob.clark@drfc-vsc.co.uk


The VSC works hard to be the critical friend to the club, helping the club improve and meet the expectations of supporters. If you have not already done so, please renew or join the VSC. Membership only costs 12 to join, and you can pay 1 a month. By becoming a member of the VSC you are part of an organisation that is a significant shareholder in the club. To become a member visit www.drfc-vsc.co.uk and click on the Join VSC link at the top.
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27 Nov 2012 - 5k Donation

If any of you missed it on Saturday, Lee Croft and Andy Audsley (VSC Directors) presented to James Husband (on behalf of DRFC) a big cheque of 5,000. This donation comes on the back of the VSC's Tomorrow's Rovers fundraising campaign.

We asked to present it to James Husband because his story is one that we hope becomes a common one for players of the Youth Team in the future. This development of local young players is, in the view of the VSC Board, vital to the future of the club - a steady stream of players developed in the Doncaster Rovers way, who understand the way we play because that is the way they have been taught, and are able to come into the first team and be comfortable, prepared and excel.


We hope that this is the first of many donations from our Tomorrow's Rovers fund, and as such we hope that you keep supporting our cause by donating to the fund. We know times are hard, but see this as a very worthy cause with a tangible payback.  Many supporters tell us that seeing local lads come through and pull on the iconic red and white hoops gives them an enormous sense of pride.

Please support this cause by donating via Paypal by visitinghttps://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=2G226X939DH5U or email nathan.batchelor@drfc-vsc.co.uk if you would like to donate via an alternative method.  

As little or as much as you can give will be gratefully received, and move us closer to a better future of Doncaster boys playing for their local team!

The future is bright! It's Red and White!! Rovers Till I Die!!!   
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A warm welcome to our colleagues at the Iron Trust. The two Trusts have been in discussion on how we can help each other. The Iron Trust is relatively new, and if you are here today supporting Scunthorpe, then firstly enjoy your day out and secondly you may want to consider joining the Trust movement. Visit www.theirontrust.com for more information


As you may recall, as part of the In Rovers We Trust project the using of unused season tickets came up. The first unused ticket night available for season ticket holders to bring a friend for free will be the Oldham Athletic fixture on the 27th November. As you will recall this game was called off due to Oldham having players on international duty. So if you're a season ticket holder and have been unable to attend a Rovers match this season (and still have match vouchers 1, 2,4, 5 or 6) then you can use your unused match voucher ticket and exchange it for a Rovers match ticket for the Oldham game only. Unused tickets only be exchanged on a like for like basis, upgrades are not available.  Voucher must be brought into the ticket office to exchange for a valid match ticket. If it helps, the VSC can collect unused tickets and we can give them to local community groups. Visit the VSC website (www.drfc-vsc.co.uk) for more details about the collection of  un-used tickets.


Kevin Twell (kevin.twell@drfc-vsc.co.uk) , VSC Corporate officer, is hoping to expand the VSC corporate partners over the next few month's to provide more financial support to the various projects the VSC are involved in. So if you would like to see your company's name on the VSC website for a very small cost please drop Kevin an email. 

The VSC aims are to benefit the community by: 

  1. being the democratic and representative voice of the supporters of the Club and strengthening the bonds between the Club and the communities which it serves
  2. achieving the greatest possible supporter and community influence in the running and ownership of the Club
  3. promoting responsible and constructive community engagement by present and future members of the communities served by the Club and encouraging the Club to do the same
  4. operating democratically, fairly, sustainably, transparently and with financial responsibility and encouraging the Club to do the same
  5. being a positive, inclusive and representative organisation, open and accessible to all supporters of the Club regardless of their age, income, ethnicity, gender, disability, sexuality or religious or moral belief

We will deliver these aims by adopting the following key strategies and actions:
  • Provide a voice for the supporters of DRFC
  • Increase our shareholding in the club (Patienceform ltd.)
  • Look to become the 6th largest shareholder in 3 years time.
  • Exercise our rights as shareholders to access information, attend AGM's etc.
  • Maintain a free of charge web based forum
  • Ensure website performance is robust and reliable
  • Increase the number of registered forum users year on year.
  • Drive change in club policy in relation to key issues raised by supporters.
  • Meet with senior club officials on a regular basis
  • Build a thriving and sustainable community of supporters
  • Grow the membership of the VSC
  • Publicise the successes of and benefits of being in the VSC
  • Increase the opportunities for members and other supporters to provide feedback
  • Have VSC directors / other members available to meet members / other supporters at least once a month at home games.
  • Use the VSC website to carry out surveys
  • Strengthen the financial status of the VSC.
  • Carry out fund raising activities
  • Play an active part in the local community
  • Identify and meet with leaders of local community groups
  • Host meetings with community groups at home games
  • Work with DRFC marketing and education and welfare teams
  • Set up a community fund to sponsor worthy local causes
  • Set aside a percentage of each years surplus to fund local community activities

The VSC works hard to be the critical friend to the club, helping the club improve and meet the expectations of supporters. If you have not already done so, please renew or join the VSC. Membership only costs 12 to join, and you can pay 1 a month. By becoming a member of the VSC you are part of an organisation that is a significant shareholder in the club. To become a member visit www.drfc-vsc.co.uk and click on the Join VSC link at the top.

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Good afternoon to the visiting supporters of Bournemouth.The Cherries will be another good test for Rovers this afternoon.

The VSC is supporting the Rock4Youth event which is taking place at the Doncaster Dome on November 24th, commencing at 6pm. Rock 4Youth is a live music event that aims to showcase local unsigned musicians as well as provide a safe venue for young people, promote sport and music as positive outlets and as well as all this it will raise funds for charities and community projects in Doncaster that provide safe housing for those in need and those coming out of care. This is a brand new, innovative event is being planned in partnership by a number of local groups with the aim of providing a platform for Doncaster's young musicians as well as tackling head on the issues of anti social behaviour and hate crime by giving our youth the opportunity to get involved and make a difference for themselves and others. 
A three way headliner from Pure Pearl Jam,  Kings ov Leon and UK Foo Fighters - Three of the Uk's top tribute bands
Supported by two fantastic local bands Jery at Controls and The Unicorn Hunters
Plus a second stage filled with some of the very best local acoustic artists
If you are interested, please email Nathan Batchelor (nathan.batchelor@drfc-vsc.co.uk) for tickets. All tickets cost 10 and any sold by the VSC will give a few quid to the Tomorrow's Rovers project that we have started.

As you will have hopefully have read about before, the VSC have purchased two multi game tickets. Already we have had some wonderful ideas sent to us which charities we can invite for a match to use the tickets. Once such request we have received is to help former player Ian Duerden with some fundraising for his poorly son (http://www.thepfa.com/news/2012/10/21/olivers-story?fwcc=1&fwcl=1&fwl=1) and this is something we have already actioned. Keep your eyes out for more information about that in the coming weeks.  Please keep send ideas to Dave Burkitt, the VSC Community Officer (dave.burkitt@drfc-vsc.co.uk)

Supporters Direct Europe (SD Europe) is launching its first position paper, 'The Heart of the Game: Why Supporters are Vital to Improving Governance in Football', at an event at hosted by Ivo Belet MEP at the European Parliament in Brussels on November 7th 2012. SD Europe has produced this paper in order to set out our key policy positions, and provide evidence to public institutions and football governing bodies of how supporter ownership and involvement can help improve European football. Recommendations to public authorities and football governing bodies include: a revival of the members' association model of club ownership, expansion of existing national networks of organised supporters' groups, and the implementation of club licensing and financial fair play rules in all European leagues. Football's key stakeholders will be present at the meeting, including UEFA, national associations and leagues, and Members of the European Parliament, Council and Commission.

The VSC works hard to be the critical friend to the club, helping the club improve and meet the expectations of supporters. If you have not already done so, please renew or join the VSC. Membership only costs 12 to join, and you can pay 1 a month. By becoming a member of the VSC you are part of an organisation that is a significant shareholder in the club. To become a member visit www.drfc-vsc.co.uk and click on the Join VSC link at the top.

The VSC Board would like to congratulate Nathan and Lucy Batchelor on the birth of Tiberius on last Saturday. Tiberius was born at midday, which allowed Nathan enough time to come to watch Rovers in the afternoon.
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