Rovers give cigarettes the boot

Doncaster Rovers striker Kyle Bennett is backing the anti-smoking campaign launched by NHS Doncaster and gets his message across to 'Pack it in' with Vanessa Hoyland-Powell (left), Laura Ashton and Rovers' health and wellbeing manager Richard Bailey.
Doncaster Rovers striker Kyle Bennett is backing the anti-smoking campaign launched by NHS Doncaster and gets his message across to 'Pack it in' with Vanessa Hoyland-Powell (left), Laura Ashton and Rovers' health and wellbeing manager Richard Bailey.

DONCASTER Rovers are urging supporters to kick smoking into touch - which could win them free tickets to matches.

The Championship club has teamed up with NHS Doncaster to launch the Keep Fit with Rovers campaign.

Striker Kyle Bennett is one of supporter of the anti-smoking scheme and met public health improvement workers in order to offer his backing.

For upcoming games at the Keepmoat Stadium there will be health staff manning a number of interactive and informative stalls around the ground.

Saturday’s home match against Crystal Palace will kickstart the campaign with the topics being stopping smoking, cancer awareness and disability awareness.

Representatives from Guide Dogs for the Blind and the Doncaster Partnership for Carers will also be on hand to speak to supporters during matchday.

There will be 30 free tickets to give away for Rovers’ encounter against Hull City on Saturday, September 27.

Laura Ashton, of NHS Doncaster’s public health team, said: “We’ll be repeating the exercise at a number of home games, with potentially over 500 hundred tickets, worth thousands of pounds, to give away to fans who come and see us.

“We plan to bring a range of information stands throughout the season, focussing on subjects like physical activity, healthy eating and weight management, alcohol awareness and sexual health.”