BRSC funds coach for youth squad
July 17, 2009
A £28,000 donation from the Supporters Club has enabled Rovers to buy a 16-seater coach for its new youth squad. [image2]
The money has come from the proceeds of the supporters’ 50/50 match day draw which were earmarked to help the club’s youngsters.
The vehicle was formally handed over to the football club during Sunday’s Fun Day at the Memorial Stadium.[image3]
Paul Trollope praised the donation. He said: “’Well done the fans. It is much appreciated, another piece of an ever expanding jigsaw.” [image4]
The latest contribution comes as the Supporters Club is next month set to pass the £800,000 mark in money handed over to the football club from its successful share scheme. The supporters now have 360,000 shares in the football club which equates to a shareholding of around 7.30 per cent.
Supporters Club chairman Jim Chappell, said: “This coach will greatly raise the profile of Rovers in and around the city and on trips to other grounds.”
“It has fulfilled a long-time personal ambition of mine to get involved in promoting Bristol Rovers youth set-up.
“Previous discussions we had with Paul Trollope indicated that the most urgent requirement for the new youth set-up was a minibus to convey the players to and from training at Colerne.” [image5]
The coach makes a statement that we are no longer ‘rag-bag Rovers’ of Twerton times! Many higher-ranking clubs would be proud to have their young players carried around in such a vehicle and I’m hoping that we can eventually allocate further 50/50 funds towards other youth development projects at the club along with kit, apparatus and medical equipment.”
For many years Rovers’ youth squad came under the wing of Filton College. But following a Football League ruling last year that clubs should be running their own youth set up, Rovers recently appointed Darren Patterson as the new Head of Youth.
Supporters Club director Ken Masters, said: “We are keen to help the football club, not only by providing quality travel for the youngsters, but our contribution is significant as the football club looks to match the funding handed out by the Football League Trust under the initiative to produce more home-grown players.”
The four-year-old vehicle has DVD screens and its interior has been fitted out in blue including the curtains and headrests.