Tribute to Darren Warner
Posted: Mon, 25 Jan 2021 12:50
It is with great sadness that we heard the news about the passing of Darren Warner.
Darren was the founder of Club Doncaster Titans in 2014. Darren started his search in 2006 to find a football club for his autistic son. After trying a few different disability clubs and several mainstream clubs, he decided to create a club himself to accommodate his son, his friends and any other players with a disability or mental health condition in Doncaster area.
The club started in 2014 as "Doncaster Titans" with just eight players. Since then they have grown massively and in 2016 they joined forces with Club Doncaster Foundation to create "Club Doncaster Titans". Today they have over 140 players starting from as young as five years old.
Darren suffered from lung fibrosis, despite this he still fully committed all of his time to support any player disabled or non-disabled or those who suffer from any type or degree of mental health. Through his hard work and dedication, he was awarded the Unsung Hero 2019 for the BBC Yorkshire Region. He can be seen receiving his award here: https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=964149180608067
The Get Doncaster Moving team and partners worked very closely with Darren and Club Doncaster Titans on many projects over the years, such as working on funding bids, supporting campaigns to encourage physical activity, and working Sheffield & Hallamshire County FA to grow female involvement through the wildcats programme. Darren also worked hard to support other Doncaster Clubs through the challenges that covid-19 created, sharing valuable advice and guidance on return to safe play (when/where possible).
Darren played a huge part in growing and developing inclusive football not only in Doncaster but around the whole of Yorkshire and he was an inspiration to many people young and old. Darren will be greatly missed by many.
Councillor Nigel Ball stated ""I am extremely saddened to hear of the passing of Darren Warner, Darren did so much for the community and he was an inspiration to many. My thoughts are with his friends and family at this time".
Our thoughts are with everybody at Club Doncaster Titans and with Darren's family. A Just Giving page has been set up to support Darren's family and you can donate here: https://www.gofundme.com/f/darren-warner-rip