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25 Jul 2014 - The Keepoat Stadium is now an Asset of Community Value
The Viking Supporters Co-operative is delighted to announce that following a successful application to Doncaster Council the Keepmoat Stadium and surrounding areas have been designated as an Asset of Community Value (ACV).
The VSC made the application to Doncaster MBC to have the stadium and surrounding areas listed under the 2011 Localism Act. The process started in January 2014 and with the ACV now in place should the council decide to sell all or part of the stadium complex the VSC must be informed as the nominated community group.
A number of football stadia have already been designated as ACVs, including Old Trafford, Anfield and Leicester City's King Power Stadium, and the Keepmoat Stadium now joins that growing list. The decision to support the application by Doncaster Council reflects the growing understanding that, as the Secretary of State, Eric Pickles said when launching the Localism Act in 2011, "Football stadiums are not only the heart and soul of every team, they are rooted in and loved by the neighbourhoods that surround them".
In our view, this is fantastic news for Doncaster Rovers supporters in particular, but will also help ensure that the stadium area remains available for fans of all the Doncastrian sporting clubs who use the facilities. The Keepmoat stadium complex is vital for the continued development of those clubs and this ACV gives supporters and the wider Doncaster community a say in what happens should the council agree to sell it.
The ACV listing remains in place for a period of 5 years and the VSC will commit to re-apply in 2019.
The VSC would like to thank Doncaster Rovers Football Club, Supporters Direct, and Doncaster Council's Asset Management team for their assistance and support throughout the process.
The application letter can be read here and the siteplan can be seen here.
24 Jul 2014 - VSC Meeting with DRFC following collapse of takeover
Following the recent takeover collapsing, the VSC board felt it necessary to meet with the club to understand next steps and the roadmap for future
development in the playing squad. Yesterday's statement regarding the youth development model, coupled with an interview with Ritchie Wellens
and the recent departure to Barnsley of two players who had been training with us, has resulted in supporters questioning the direction of the club.
Thanks to all who have voted so far, now it's time for the final vote!
Visit http://www.drfc-vsc.co.uk/index.php?topic=247631.0 and vote for the charity you would like to see as the official VSC Charity for 2014/15.
The VSC meet with Clive Efford MP – Shadow Minister of Sport
The VSC was invited to a meeting with Clive Efford MP who is the current Shadow Minister for Sport.
Clive himself is a Millwall supporter and takes very seriously the position of supporter’s trusts and the part they play in their local community and football club.
The main topics for discussion fell in to two main areas, governance of football clubs and the role of supporter’s trusts and fan engagement.
23 Jun 2014 - John Ryan and Louis Tomlinson seal deal to run the club
Viking Supporters Co-operative StatementThe Viking Supporters Co-operative has continued to maintain and grow a relationship with the owners and management of Doncaster Rovers Football Club since the Trust's formation in 2001. With the news that the club has been subject to further takeover negotiations over the last few weeks, the VSC reaffirmed it's position of welcoming any sustainable investment that will lead to further success for the football club, both on and off the pitch.
Following the completion of talks, the takeover by John Ryan and Louis Tomlinson has been approved by the current board and owners. The VSC would like to welcome John back to the boardroom and wish Louis good luck for his first venture into football club ownership. The VSC now looks forward to working with John and Louis and the management team at Doncaster Rovers to help achieve further successes. We will seek to open detailed discussions very soon surrounding the short and long term ownership of the football club, financial stability and future development plans, and will be tabling any questions supporters would like to raise through us.
An active supporters' trust is important in maintaining the long-term interests of the fans in the future of the club, and the more members we have then the greater the sphere of influence. As ever we'd welcome new members to join us in the interest of the club we all love. To join the VSC please visit www.drfc-vsc.co.uk.