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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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A warm welcome to tonight's fixture against Crewe. Games against Crewe tend to be memorable, losing 8-0 at Gresty Road in the LDV, despite the fact that we could have been 2-0 within a few minutes, staging a dramatic comeback in the JPT at the Keepmoat to take us to the Millenium Stadium.

At the recent FA Youth Cup fixture, members of the VSC collected money for the Tomorrow's Rovers project and with an attendance of 208, managed to collect 140.  Thanks to everyone who was there who donated. I am please to report that Rob Williams (VSC IT Officer) misread the memo about Tomorrows Rovers, and decided to create his own little Rover, congratulations to Rob and Amanda on the birth of Jessica.

The VSC doesn't sell to its members a product or service as such, but what we do offer is crucial to the future of our football club and its supporters; we offer supporters a voice. We meet regularly with club officials to discuss the issues that matter most to you. When we take an issue to the club we would like to think that this comes from the majority of Rovers Supporters and the only way to make us even more representable of the Rovers fan-base is by having as many Rovers fans as possible members of the VSC to make a real influence off the pitch.

We do also get involved on the pitch as well: This season the VSC has sponsored midfield maestro James Harper and as such that sponsorship is the property of each and every member of the VSC.

We also support the future of the club on and off the pitch; we have sponsored two youth academy teams this year and by doing so we are increasing the chances of a future DRFC team being full of players who have been brought up through the academy to play for our club. We have also donated in the past to a fund solely designated for the use of local youth teams in and around our community.

Not only that but we also offer much to the Rovers Community; we advertise and allow local businesses to raise their profile amongst Rovers fans, we have engaged on a number of Community activities and donated to worthwhile local charities.

The VSC Board is made up of individuals who donate their free time to benefit its members and the wider Rovers fan-base, and it is these people who need your support so that they can help the VSC grow even further.

The VSC continues its great reputation of a good relationship with not just John Ryan but other club officials such as Shaun Lockwood and Gavin Baldwin so that we can go directly to the people we need to sort out issues of our supporters.

This year the VSC Board took a very brave decision to slash the VSC Membership price by more than half, a dramatic decrease from 27 to 12 was undertaken and we now allow fans to pay 1 per month or 12 per year, whichever they find is easier, each year 1 of a new members subscription will be the cost of their share in the Society. Now the VSC needs to see as many fans as possible jumping on board with this great opportunity to not only increase our membership dramatically but increase the number of fans we represent as our members. The club will only continue to listen if our membership continues to grow and therefore it is very true that the bigger our membership the louder our voice! 

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.  Any problems email Lee Croft (Membership Officer) lee.croft@drfc-vsc.co.uk

Thanks
Nathan Batchelor (Chair)
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Just in case you missed in today's VSC programme article 

Welcome to our guests from Bradford Park Avenue for today's FA Cup tie. It is a warm welcome to Mark Hume, Rob O"Brien and Martin Drury, who have all played first team games for Rovers. The latter two coming through the Rovers youth team, which ties in nicely for a plug for our Tomorrow's Rovers project. 

The 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 spoke with the club about barriers to the young players' development, and the resounding response was transport. The club need a dedicated minibus to take young players to away matches, training opportunities, development days, etc, and these are opportunities that some squads are missing out on, so we have decided to run a fundraising drive to sponsor a second youth team to assist the club in securing that minibus for the benefit of all the young players at the club. The Tomorrow's Rovers project gives us all a chance to invest in the future of our club and the future of Doncaster's talented young players. 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. To make a donation please visit www.drfc-vsc.co.uk 

As you may already know Rob Clark has stepped down as Acting Chair of the VSC. Before the rumour mill starts going into overdrive with "something must have gone on" or "told you there would be a power struggle"-type conspiracy theories, can I just add that the truth is nowhere near as racey as that. 

Simply put, he had the backing of all the other Directors to continue as permanent Chair but his personal circumstances were going to prevent him from dedicating as much time as he would want to over the coming months so he decided to step aside to allow someone else to take up the reigns. Rob is not disappearing completely, more stepping in to the shadows for a bit, and he will still be around to support projects as they develop. 

The whole Board want to place on record their thanks and appreciation to Rob Clark for the work he has done as Chairman. The VSC has started work (key word is started) on some wonderful projects and In Rovers We Trust has only just begun and we are getting some wonderful results already on the back of it. Still a lot to be done, but I would like to think we are going in the right direction and that is down to Rob. 

The Board discussed on Thursday 25th October the officers that should be appointed and it was debated about what was needed in what areas to help the VSC progress. From there various officers were appointed by the Board which were all unanimously agreed: 

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) 


As the VSC is a Community Benefit Society the board acknowledged the importance of this and made an example of how sucessful the Community scheme is at DRFC. It was conversed that the VSC is better equiped at present to partner with DRFC in its community work until it had gathered enough momentum before doing its own campaign. The Board did agree that the VSC can however take part in small charitable work and a scenario about the VSC getting involved and helping out with local voluntary work, the example of pushing an appeal for volunteers to repaint a local park and help renovate a local park was given which was widely accepted by the Board. 

The commercial aspect of the Trust was discussed and this is an area the VSC should look to exploit to increase it's revenue stream and it's reputation amongst the businesses in the community. Can I take this opportunity to thank the Park Inn Hotel for allowing us the use of their large meeting room free of charge for our monthly Board meetings. 


As you may have seen we have purchased two multi game tickets to use for worthy causes. Alongside our sponsorship of two youth teams and one player we are always looking for ideas that reflect our values as VSC people. If you would like to see us doing certain things in other areas then shout up, we'll listen to anything sensible. It's your money, so suggest how we can spend it. Please send ideas to Dave Burkitt, the VSC Community Officer (dave.burkitt@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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Sorry it has taken so long, but as a Board we wanted to get the Roles and Responsibilities of the new Board correct and this was finalised on Thursday evening.   

The whole Board want to place on record their thanks and appreciation to Rob Clark for the work he has done as Chairman. 

As the VSC is a Community Benefit Society the board acknowledged the importance of this and made an example of how sucessful the Community scheme is at DRFC. It was conversed that the VSC is better equiped at present to partner with DRFC in its community work until it had gathered enough momentum before doing its own campaign. The Board did agree that the VSC can however take part in small charitable work and a scenario about the VSC getting involved and helping out with local voluntary work, the example of pushing an appeal for volunteers to repaint a local park and help renovate a local park was given which was widely accepted by the Board.

The commercial aspect of the Trust was discussed and this is an area the VSC should look to exploit to increase it's revenue stream and it's reputation amongst the businesses in the community.

The Board discussed the officers that should be appointed and it was debated about what was needed in what areas to help the VSC progress, from there various officers were appointed by the Board which were all unanimously agreed:

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)

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.

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