Shaw eager to get started

Belles head coach Zoey Shaw is itching to get the new the new season underway as her side take on Blackburn Rovers in the first game of the campaign.

Blackburn romped to the title by ten clear points last season to successfully defend their FA WNL Northern trophy, and Shaw admits her side face a battle in Sunday’s season opener.

She said: “I don’t think the first game could have got any tougher, if I’m honest, but we’ve got to play them at some time.

“We’ll play them and we’ll learn and they will learn off us. We’ll have things to counteract some of the things they’ve got, so bring it on I say.

“Our preparation is going really well. The girls are fully in training now, and over the summer the levels of fitness and the physicality have shot up.

“It’s just about mastering the game because we’ve got a lot of youth in the squad at the moment, so we’re just making the most of our sessions and grabbing every little bit we can. The players have come in for extra sessions and we’re just eager for it to start to be honest.”

Despite being new to the role Shaw is very familiar with much of the current squad, having managed many of them in the development team before making the step up to the first team alongside them for the new campaign.

She said: “It’s no secret when you play us that we’ve got quite a young squad but I think we’ve got a very exciting squad.

“We may not have the depth in age, but what these girls are going to learn this season – not just from us as coaches and a club, but playing in this kind of environment and this league – will be massive for their development.

“If we can progress these girls as much as we can for next season, when we can really really start to establish ourselves, then I think we stand ourselves in good stead.

“I think the excitement for them and the task ahead they’ve got, they’re really really relishing. Individually they’re really up for it, they’re up for every training session, and for some of these girls stepping up from the RTC at 16 or 17 it’s a big step, but they’ve embraced it.

“Whatever we learn this season – as a team, as a club, or individually as players – it’s massive for us.”

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Our 2018/19 season opener against Blackburn Rovers will be played at Rossington Main on Sunday 19th August, 2pm KO.

Tickets will be £3 for adults and £1 for children and can be purchased on the gate.

The ground can be found at Oxford St, Rossington, DN11 0TE. Details on parking at the ground can be found here.

2018/19 squad announcement

Head Coach Zoey Shaw has unveiled the Doncaster Rovers Belles first team squad for the 2018/19 season.

The new-look squad will be led by new captain Izzy Whittle, while Olivia Cook will serve as Whittle’s deputy.

Shaw said: “We have a long history of giving chances to young players and we’re proud to continue that as we go into our 50th year celebrations.

“All the staff and squad are really excited the start the new season. It doesn’t get much tougher than going up against Blackburn for our opening game, but we’ll get an instant indication of where the bar has been set in this division.”

Playing squad

Captain: Izzy Whittle
Vice-captain: Olivia Cook
Sheldon Ashton
Emily Batty
Zoe Belding
Chloe Bethell
Emily Burgin
Emily Cahill
Holly Dodsworth
Ashleigh Edwards
Chloe Gray
Aimee Hickingbotham
Nadia Khan
Georgia Marshall
Ellie Parkin
Lois Scholefield
Kirsty Smith
Imani Todman
Isabella Travillion
Abby Watkinson
Issy Williams

Staff

Zoey Shaw
Sally Needham
Amy Buxton
Julie Chipchase
Luke Gray

Belles launch new website

As you may have noticed, we have had a bit of a refresh here at doncasterroversbelles.co.uk!

Our makeover is faster, easier to navigate and more mobile-friendly than the old site, and we’re excited to start the new season and our 50th year with something fresh.

We’ve also updated our squad section and will be adding new sections throughout the season to make this the true home for everything Donny Belles!

Club Statement

The club can announce that for the 2018/2019 season we will be competing in the Women’s National League
The club can announce that for the 2018/2019 season we will be competing in the Women’s National League. We can confirm we have withdrawn from the Women’s Championship and await FA ratification of the move in their Special General Meeting (date to be confirmed). We have worked closely with the FA and have mutually agreed the change in leagues which will ensure the continued viability and re-growth of the club.

Our 50th year is upon us and the recent changes have allowed us to reflect and refocus. Our philosophy has always been centred on creating opportunities for women and girls in football. We are proud of our legacy which has pioneered the women’s game. Our coaching structure focuses on individual development and has seen players hit personal achievements, move on to high profile clubs and created opportunities with national teams. Our unique female mentoring scheme for coaches and managers has seen tremendous talent enter the game and again move onto exciting opportunities within the sport including with the England Lionesses.This remains our philosophy and we are excited to see a wealth of young developing players have a great opportunity to hit their full potential under a fantastic coaching team.More details will follow on our decision.

We look forward to celebrating our 50th Birthday with you all #backthebelles and welcome your input and support.