Doncaster Rovers Belles to remain at Keepmoat Stadium until 2017

Captain Leandra Little and her Belles teammates celebrate promotion to FAWSL1.
Captain Leandra Little and her Belles teammates celebrate promotion to FAWSL1.

Doncaster Rovers Belles will continue to play their home games at the Keepmoat Stadium for another two years, it has been announced.

Belles have just been promoted to FAWSL1 and recently revealed plans to move into a new training base in Misson in time for the 2016 season.

The club’s ‘third call’ on the Keepmoat - behind Doncaster Rovers and Doncaster RLFC - was a concern raised by the FA when the Belles were controversially demoted from the top flight in 2013. It is understood Belles have considered playing matches at Castle Park, the home of Doncaster Knights.

However, Belles will remain at the Keepmoat until 2017.

Belles’ chair lady Faye Lygo said: “We are really pleased to have extended the licensing agreement to continue playing here for another two years.

“With so many other top clubs in FAWSL1 we want to stand out and want fans and the community to come here and to enjoy football at a fantastic venue.”

She added: “We will be working with Rovers to increase our presence at their home games to help achieve many things as that is vital to our successes off the pitch.”

Rovers CEO Gavin Baldwin said: “The extension is something that as a community club, is essential to us. It is a huge positive for Club Doncaster and for the town of Doncaster to have us both playing at this great venue.”