Doncaster Rovers Belles club captain sets up JustGiving page to raise money for knee surgery

Doncaster Rovers Belles club captain Sophie Scargill has set up a crowdfunder to raise £5000 for career-saving knee surgery.

Thursday, 14th October 2021, 5:00 am
Updated Thursday, 14th October 2021, 9:43 am
Sophie Scargill. Photo: Julian Barker

The 26-year-old midfielder faces a lengthy spell on the sidelines after rupturing her knee ligaments.

Scargill, who works as a commercial executive for Club Doncaster, says she ‘needs surgery to have any chance of returning to the sport I love’ on her JustGiving page.

She has not featured in any Belles matchday squads since playing the full game against Loughborough Lightning in the FAWNL Cup on September 12.

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James Coppinger, Noel Hunt, Gary McSheffrey, Matty Blair and Niall Mason are among those to have made donations so far.

“My life is sport and exercise. I use exercise to deal with every emotion and since I live on my own, it consumes my life,” Scargill wrote on JustGiving.

“In September 2021, I turned my world upside down when I completely ruptured my lateral meniscus and caused severe trauma to the main ligaments in my knee while playing football.

“This now means I can hardly walk, let alone play and my independance (sic) and purpose has been stripped from me.

“Although I know I’m very lucky to have the life I do, I need surgery to have any chance of returning to the sport I love. This is going to cost me £5000. I’m asking for help to get me back on that pitch and back running on the road.”

Scargill played for Huddersfield Town and Leeds United before joining Belles in 2019.

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