Derby County Ladies Football Club

Potential to Explore Stake-hold as Ewe Rams Announce 3-year Tenancy Extension at Mickleover Sports

Derby County Ladies FC are delighted to announce a three season extension to their tenancy at Mickleover Sports FC to start from the 2018/19 season, with the potential for the club to become a formal stakeholder in the facility.

The Ewe Rams initially relocated from their former home at Borrowash Victoria to the Don Amott Arena on a 2.5 season lease midway through the 2015/16 season, with club CEO, Duncan Gibb sighting at the time a need to align themselves to the city’s highest ranked club with the best facilities other than Derby County FC, as they looked to progress towards Women’s Super League status.

Fast forward two years and according to Gibb, a combination of Sports own ambitions, a willingness to discuss the Ewe Rams becoming a stake holder in the ground and a desire to remain within the city, made for an easy decision.

“In the last three years we have enjoyed six gates of between 450 – 850 fans, with two of those coming at Mickleover. These levels of support are almost unheard of at Women’s Premier League level and one of the main reasons for that is that we play our home games within the boundaries of our home city, whereas a number of other clubs are playing up to 20 miles away from where their club is actually based. 

“We have enjoyed a positive relationship with the board at Sports and when you add to that the exciting plans that they have for the ground and the fact that they are committed to spending a significant sum of money on the grounds pitch drainage system this summer, then the decision kind of made itself.” 

“In addition to that we’ve made little secret of our intention to either have our own ground one day, or to have a formal stake hold within one. The board at Sports remain open to the latter, being more than happy to add a clause in to that effect in the new tenancy agreement, so going forwards that is something that we can potentially explore further with them.”

According to Mickleover Sports FC Chairman, Don Amott, the club were equally keen to extend the arrangement.  “In the short term we have agreed a plan or work with Talbot Farm Landscapes Ltd to significantly improve the drainage quality of the pitch and to try and minimise postponements for the 2018/19 season onward.

“In the medium to longer term we are in the process of getting planning permission for a £1.5 million re-development of our stadium which will see a new pitch that no longer crosses with the cricket pitch, a new club house, changing rooms and function room, a new 4G pitch for community use and a new stand.” 

 

“We hope to have these facilities in 2 to 3 years’ and recognise the importance of building a long term relationship with Derby County Ladies F.C.  In addition to that we are open to further discussions about the possibility of them becoming a stakeholder within the facility. 

“They are a very well run club and we’ve already had a taste of the level of interest in them, through the Everton friendly and Nottingham Forest cup game last season. When added to the recently announced backing that they are now receiving from their main club, both clubs appear to be a good place both individually and collectively.”