I’m delighted to be working with Doncaster Rovers on their Women at the Game campaign which is launching at the club on Saturday October 20th.
Women at the Game aims to give women the opportunity to watch live football, on their own or with their children, in a supportive environment. Set up by a lady called Jacqui Forster, the idea behind the campaign is a simple one:
“Women enjoy doing things and going to places together. Watching sports events is just one of the things I like to do and I know that it isn’t so good on my own and that women just would not consider going on their own. So I thought I’d set something up to help women to make new friends and enable groups to grow, to watch live sport together in a comfortable, easy, organised group”
Aimed at women of all ages, all backgrounds, ethnicity, ability and religious belief, “Women at the Game can empower women to experience the fun of going to the game, match or tournament without fear of intimidation, feeling isolated or in need of companionship. Making friends is a basic instinct the world over”. Groups of friends going to the game in a non-tribal way could be the beginning of a new adventure for many women.
If you’re like me, going to a football match, especially with kids in tow can throw up all kinds of questions in terms of logistics... How do we get there? Can we park nearby? Which entrance should we use?
Mumbler Meet up
To make it easier for women to go along to see Doncaster Rovers in action, Doncaster Mumbler will have a Mumbler Meeting point at the stadium, in the Family Stand before the match. We’ll have some fun activities in the family enclosure when you arrive …Donny Dog’s kennel will be open, there will be FREE face painting, crafts, colouring and the opportunity to meet and have a photo with Donny Dog.
Doncaster Rovers are committed to making football a great family experience. Their guide for families has everything you need to know: Click here to download the Doncaster Rovers family guide
If you prefer to meet up with other parents in the town centre before the football match, head to Flip Out in the Frenchgate Centre, have coffee, let the kids have lunch and a play and travel by bus to the Keepmoat Stadium together!
Travel to the Keepmoat (via number 73 bus from the Frenchgate Interchange at 1.10pm)
(Bus Services to/from Keepmoat Stadium)
WOMEN AT THE GAME: Saturday 20th October
Mumbler Meet up in the East Stand Concourse
For those driving straight to the Keepmoat, parking is available in Car Park 2.
(Car Parking at the Keepmoat Stadium)
On arrival, access to the Family Enclosure is in the East Stand Concourse, around the back of the stadium (overlooking the Lakeside). If you’re approaching from the car park, you’ll likely see a crowd of people starting to congregate near the front of the stadium/Alick’s Bar – avoid the crowd. Go behind the stadium.
There are two options available and pricing has been reduced for the Women at the Game event:
- Family Enclosure (Terrace option) – £10 Ladies, £2 Children (When signing up to Donny’s Squad – which is free to join). There will be a Mumbler meet up point inside the East Stand Concourse. Your ticket includes family activities and you will get a programme and team sheet
- Hospitality Option – £25 + VAT Ladies, £15 + VAT Children. This includes a 1 course meal, a glass of bubbly or orange juice on arrival, a car parking pass, programme and team sheet.
Other things you need to know:
- The family fun at the stadium starts around 1.30pm
- The match kicks off at 3.00pm
- Food is available inside the Family enclosure (Pie, chips, sausage rolls, crisps etc)
- Toilets are easily accessible on the ground floor and are huge.
- There is space to park a pushchair whilst you enjoy the match
- Check the weather, I suspect you’ll need warmer coats at the end of October so be prepared
- Don’t sweat it if you don’t follow football – enjoy the atmosphere, the kids will love it
To book your ticket: Contact Kellie Whitehead on 01302 764668 or firstname.lastname@example.org
I took my family to watch a match recently – Read about my experience as a ‘First Time Fan’ at Doncaster Rovers