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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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