Rovers make £10,000 profit

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Featherstone Rovers have reported an operating profit of £10,000.

It covers the financial period January 1, 2012, to November 30, 2012.

Rovers chief executive Craig Poskitt (pictured) said: “Everyone at the club has been working extremely hard over the last 12 months and this is reflected in our latest accounts.

“We continue to grow in a sustainable fashion and these figures do not include significant player transfer sales like in previous years.”

Turnover at the Big Fellas Stadium increased from £1 million to £1.1m, despite the figures covering only 11 months due to the club changing its financial year.

Gate receipts increased by 79 per cent, boosted by an increase in attendances of 26 per cent on the previous year and the Challenge Cup fixtures against Castleford Tigers and Wigan Warriors.

Income from season tickets/membership also rose by 20 per cent and there was also growth in sponsorship and advertising.

Attendances at Featherstone’s home matches this season are 14 per cent higher than in 2012 with hospitality at the Big Fellas Stadium regularly sold out.

Poskitt said: “We have excellent facilities at the Big Fellas Stadium which are proving popular but for us to continue our growth we need more space. This is why the work led by Paul Coventry and his team of volunteers in redeveloping the Railway End of the stadium is pivotal for our Super League aspirations.

“The figures in these accounts are very encouraging including player wages decreasing and our Foundation continuing to flourish. The hard work starts now to continue this great momentum.”

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