PICTURES: Take a look inside Doncaster Rovers Belles’ proposed new training base

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This is the future of Doncaster Rovers Belles - and it looks very bright indeed.

These pictures provide the first glimpse of their new multi-million pound training facility in Misson, which they say will be operational in time for next season.

Dressing rooms

Dressing rooms

Earlier this year Belles’ commercial director Carl Lygo said the club had drawn up a ten-year plan to restore their former glories.

He talked about winning titles and he talked about competing in Europe. Judging by these images, Belles clearly mean business.

This new development - dubbed ‘Project Phoenix’ as a reference to the way the club has risen from the ashes in recent years - represents a quite extraordinary turnaround for the Belles.

Dumped out of FAWSL1 in 2013, they had no money, no commercial power and seemingly no hope. Lygo admitted they were heading for liquidation.

Physiotherapy room

Physiotherapy room

But just two years on they have won promotion back to the top tier and are now preparing to move into a brand spanking new training base.

It is little wonder then that even club officials are pinching themselves.

Sheila Edmunds, a club founder and now club president, said: “I have always dreamt of having a facility of our own but never really thought it would ever happen.

“It has been a long journey from 1969 to the present - from the days of training in local parks to this incredible, state-of-the-art modern facility.”

Residential block

Residential block

She added: “Project Phoenix is a magnificent development that will provide opportunities for young female players in and around Doncaster to fulfil their potential and realise their dreams of playing football at their highest level.”

Belles hope the project will lead to the development of a Centre of Excellence to bring through the next generation of players.

Next season, for the first time in their history, they plan to offer professional contracts to approximately ten players.

Funding for the project has been provided by Doncaster-born Lygo and his wife Faye, who is also Belles’ chair-lady.

Lygo is chief executive of BPP Professional Education Group, who recently extended their sponsorship deal with the Belles until 2017.

Wash room

Wash room

Gymnasium

Gymnasium

Heated pool

Heated pool

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