Kubota RTV goes red for Rovers

Jane Carleyin Machinery & Mechanics

The home of Doncaster Rovers Football Club is showing its true colours with a specially-liveried Kubota RTV X-900, designed as part of dealer Farmstar Ltd's sponsorship agreement with the club.

The Eco-Power Stadium is also home to Doncaster Rugby League Club and Doncaster Rovers Belles Ladies Football Club, and rose to international fame recently as the venue for the England Ladies' team's historic 20-0 defeat of Latvia.

Club Doncaster's business development manager Michael Kilby-Scott explains: "We have a close working relationship with our sponsors and we like to offer them business where appropriate. Farmstar's Gaynor Waddington suggested painting the RTV in our red livery and adding both of our logos and we think it highlights our relationship with the company perfectly."

Doncaster Rovers also has Kubota B2410 and B2261 tractors at the purpose-built stadium, which became the club's base in 2006.

As well as sporting events, the Eco-Power Stadium is a popular conference and event venue, is host to Doncaster Sports College and has operated as a test and vaccination centre during the COVID crisis, underlining its community role.

The RTV X-900 is powered by Kubota's proven 22hp engine and has a continuously variable transmission for easy operation by any member of a groundcare team.

At the Eco-Power Stadium, it plays an essential role as the club 'workhorse', collecting and transporting clippings from hand mowers on the pitch, moving tools and equipment and helping with setting up before and tidying up after the stadium's popular car boot sales.

"The RTV's a really useful piece of kit, and very easy to drive and use," comments groundsman Ryan Skelton. "We find it very handy for getting around the site and it treads gently on the pitch, too."

Farmstar has a bit of history with customised RTVs - its demonstrator vehicle with its distinctive zebra striped wrap has starred this year in a promotional video filmed at the Yorkshire Wildlife Park and in a special edition of DIY SOS for the BBC's Children in Need appeal. What will they come up with next?