The Doncaster Rovers Belles, one of the top historic clubs in women’s football will be brought under the larger Club Doncaster umbrella in May. The 14-time FA women’s Cup finalists are currently struggling in the Women’s National League Northern Premier Division, the third tier of English women’s football.
The Telegraph reports that Club Doncaster, which also manages Doncaster Rovers Football Club, Doncaster Rugby League Football Club, Club Doncaster Foundation and Club Doncaster Sports College will take control of the Belles with the goal of returning the club to the top two flights of English women’s football.
Club Doncaster chief executive Gavin Baldwin added: “We are delighted to have the Belles on board. They are one of the most successful women’s football teams in England and are an excellent addition to the Club Doncaster family.”
The move ensures the long-term viability of the Belles, who had been struggling financially at a time when the professional women’s game in England is better funded and more popular than any time in the past.