Belles for The Community, Britain’s first social enterprise delivering community, social, health and educational services with female sport as a focal point was launched on 10th November 2009 at Doncaster College in front of a large audience of opinion formers and community leaders from across South Yorkshire.
This launch was based on extensive research amongst a large number of community organisations and agencies within Doncaster and South Yorkshire, and it has certainly raised the profile of the Belles significantly. It has also demonstrated the importance of opening up women’s football to the community and to becoming more than ‘just a football club.
We are a Company Limited by Guarantee and are classed as a Social Enterprise for the community of Doncaster and the wider South Yorkshire regions. Profit cannot be taken out of the organisation, shares cannot be sold.
The Belles already had strong relationships with a number of partners which is now being strengthened and many new partnerships are now being created and developed.
Some of the Belles community partners include
• Doncaster Metropolitan Borough Council
• Doncaster Active Partnership
• Doncaster Positive Futures
• Community Learning
• South Yorkshire Police
• The British Army
• 20+ South Yorkshire schools and growing
• Doncaster College
• Doncaster School for the Deaf
• Balby Carr Academy of Sport
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The Doncaster Rovers Belles have a proud and long documented history.
Vice Chairman - Alan Smart
Secretary - Holly Smart
The Community Belles - Duncan Milligan
Media Manager - Kevin Neagle
General Enquiries - Doncaster Rovers Belles Office
01302 765 892
Head Coach - Gordon Staniforth
Director of Football - Julie Chipchase