Doncaster Rovers Belles announce plans for new training base and professional contracts

An artist's impression of Belles' new training ground in Misson.
An artist's impression of Belles' new training ground in Misson.

Doncaster Rovers Belles have announced plans for a new state-of-the-art training base.

Work on the purpose-built facility in Misson, near Bawtry, is due to start imminently and the club hope to move in before the start of next season.

Artist's impression

Artist's impression

Belles, who secured promotion to FAWSL1 last month, will also offer full-time professional contracts for the first time in their history in 2016.

The new training centre - to be named ‘Belle Vue Belles’ in honour of the club’s original name - will boast a mix of five grass and artificial pitches, physiotherapy room, dressing rooms, indoor heated pool, ice baths, gymnasium, residential rooms and offices.

Belles say it will be the first dedicated elite women’s training facility in the UK.

‘Project Phoenix’ has been funded by Doncaster-born Carl Lygo, Belles’ commercial director, and his wife Faye, the club’s chair-lady.

“We are building a long-term legacy for women’s football in South Yorkshire which will ensure that the Belles can more than compete at the highest level,” said Carl.

“I wanted to put something back into my hometown to help the name of Doncaster be recognised around the world as a leader in women’s sport.

“The facility will enable the club to have its own stand-alone operation and they will never again have to face the threat of insolvency.”