Doncaster Rovers Foundation Ladies FC will be renamed Club Doncaster Ladies FC, bringing them under the Club Doncaster banner as part of its ongoing commitment to growing the profile of women’s and girls’ football.
The name change is just phase one of a full rebrand, which will see the club fully associated with Club Doncaster moving forward.
The open-age women’s team, which went unbeaten in 2018/19 on their way to securing promotion from the County League, will receive the full support of Club Doncaster.
Club Doncaster chief executive Gavin Baldwin said: “Club Doncaster are keen to continue to support women’s and girls’ football across all areas of the organisation.
“We are looking forward to announcing more news in the coming weeks with regards to the Doncaster Rovers Belles.”
High-quality facilities and new branding, along with potential media and sponsorship opportunities, will enable Club Doncaster Ladies FC to enhance their name in women’s football.
Club Doncaster Ladies chairman, Eric Randerson, said: “We are delighted to come under the Club Doncaster banner and create long-lasting relationships between ourselves and the club.
“The formation of a committee is also under consideration, which will help take the club forward and provide longevity for ladies football in Doncaster.”
The open-age women’s team will be hoping to build on the success of last years’ promotion to the North East Regional Women’s Football League Southern Division, where they will be able to test themselves against higher ranking teams.
As well as the open-age team, multiple junior development squads will run under the Club Doncaster Ladies tag, with training sessions for U14s, U15s and U16s, with the possibility of an U13s team being set up.
Open trials and training sessions are currently being conducted for this.
The development model will aim to bring on young players and lead them through a progressive footballing academy, eventually joining the open age team and compete in the women’s leagues.
Club Doncaster Ladies club welfare officer and U16s coach, Jamie Thornton, said: “I have been involved with the club for five seasons and can say watching the various age groups battle through highs and lows but continue to smile and enjoy themselves is what it is all about.
“We are hoping to continue with our current age groups and potentially start younger age groups as the club grows in strength and numbers. All the teams have FA trained coaches that are fully DBS checked, but we would welcome any new coaches wanting to get involved in this club.”
A fully inclusive club feel is to be established by Eric and Jamie, which will see all age groups train on the same night, wearing the same branding in order to be fully submersed within the new rebrand, something which pleases Jamie.
He added: “The junior teams have a great family feel and always get the full support from the parents and volunteers.
This is essential to the running of a great club and subsequent teams.”
Female students of Club Doncaster Sports College will also be given the opportunity to enhance their footballing skills by joining the club, further strengthening ties between the club and Club Doncaster Group.
Head of people and culture, Kirsty Cavanagh, said: “Helping to support Club Doncaster Ladies FC, demonstrates the continued commitment we have here at Club Doncaster to all levels of sport and the wider engagement of our communities.
“The support we will provide to the club will help us to reach out and make a difference to the lives of even more young people across the borough.
“We will assist with the training and upskilling of coaches and the club and support all teams where necessary to allow the women’s’ and girls’ game to grow”.
For more information about the club, please contact Jamie on email@example.com or attend the open training sessions at the Keepmoat Stadium on Saturday June 29.