Rovers coach salutes ‘fantastic’ supporters

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FEATHERSTONE Rovers have reached their target of selling 1,000 season tickets for this season.

It means the club has nearly doubled its 2011 season ticket sales.

Rovers head coach Daryl Powell (pictured) said: “I’d like to thank all our supporters who have purchased a 2012 season ticket. We have some fantastic, loyal supporters at Featherstone and we hope to reward them with another successful season.”

Reaching the target was excellent news for the club’s new chief executive Craig Poskitt who started work on Monday.

“It’s a fine achievement to hit target 1,000 and shows the potential that Featherstone Rovers has,” said Mr Poskitt.

“Hitting target 1,000 is just one of many targets we are setting at Featherstone. We would like to thank every Rovers supporter who has committed to 2012 and I’m sure it will be a season to remember.”

After the target was reached prior to Sunday’s match against Batley, the club made a draw of all season ticket holders for use of an executive box for 10 people for the home fixture against Leigh next Thursday. The winner is Ian Falkiner.

Two senior members of Featherstone Rovers’ business partners have joined the club’s newly created strategic management board (SMB).

Stuart Arundel, creative partner of Beautiful Minds, the club’s marketing and PR agency, and Mark Miller, managing director of Lime People, will sit on the SMB alongside senior management at Rovers. Other business associates are to be announced over the coming weeks.

The purpose of the SMB is to help Rovers to further increase the club’s commercial revenue and contribute significantly to their ‘Destination Super League’ campaign.

Mr Poskitt said: “We are delighted to welcome Stuart and Mark to the SMB. The business acumen of both will prove invaluable in the quest to increase turnover to meet Super League criteria. It’s a massive boost that such successful people are backing our Super League bid with such commitment.”

Mr Arundel said: “Having enjoyed a five-year playing stint at Rovers the club has always had a place in my heart. To be asked to join the SMB and help get Rovers into Super League is an honour.”

Mr Miller said: “For Rovers to achieve Super league status means so much more than better games. It means the club facilities grow creating more local jobs, numbers of visitors to Featherstone grow increasing revenue into local businesses and Featherstone itself will flourish which will benefit every resident. By joining the board, we at Lime People are very excited about giving all the fans an opportunity to be part of this success story. Together we can make a real difference - and to work with such forward-thinking colleagues on this new board is a very exciting opportunity.”

This evening (Thursday), Rovers under 18s have their first run out of the season when they host their Leeds Rhinos counterparts (8pm).

Tomorrow (Friday) Rovers under 23s start their league campaign with a home game against Keighley (8pm).

Latest £500 Rovers lottery winners are T Broady (K3486), P Lake (N0540), M Ryan (F1006), B Callaghan (H1457), H Bedford (I0413). £5 consolation prizes: L Davison (V1112), G Ackroyd (W1112), S Schofield (W2332).