Rovers stage second fans day

Stuart Dickens.
Stuart Dickens.

FEATHERSTONE are throwing open their doors to fans at Bigfellas Stadium on Sunday.

They are staging their second annual community gala from noon to 4pm to give supporters the chance to rub shoulders with players and get an insight into behind-the-scenes workings at the club.

The event will include a soccer match between first and reserve teams plus various player challenges and the chance to dunk a player.

Fans can take on the players in a series of races including an egg and spoon race.

Stuart Dickens will be on hand to give fans a stadium tour and tell them what it is like to be club captain.

There will also be numerous other attractions including inflatables.

The event is a fund-raiser for the club’s junior development scheme. Admission is just £2 for adults. There is free admission for children.

Rovers coach Daryl Powell is hoping this weekend’s event will be another huge hit following the success of last year’s inaugural event.

He said: “There’s all sorts going on for all the family and there’s a chance to see what we are about as a club.

“It should be a great day of entertaintment.”

Rovers first-team return to action on Thursday, July 21, when they visit Championship rivals Batley Bulldogs, with live coverage on Sky Sports.

Featherstone’s championship home match against Sheffield the following week has been switched to Thursday, July 28 because it will also be shown live on Sky TV.

Powell said: “They are a couple of key games for us. They are tough challenges and hopefully we’ll be where we need to be but they will certainly be difficult matches for us.”

Prop Ben Gledhill should be available for the Batley game after being carried off injured in last Sunday’s 54-22 win against Hunslet Hawks.

Powell said: “Ben rolled his ankle but he said he could have gone back on if we’d needed him

“Ben hadn’t played for a while when he first joined us and it took him a little while to get to grips with our game and get up to his fitness levels but he’s done well. He’s a good kid and he works hard.

“He’s been very good for us. It looks like we’ve lost two props for the rest of the season so his availability came at the right time for us.