Derby County Football Club Women

“Landmark Day in Club’s History”, As the Ewe Rams Become A Formal Stakeholder at Mickleover FC

Derby County Football Club Women are delighted to announce that they have become a formal stakeholder within the Mickleover Community Interest Company (CIC), thereby becoming one of only a handful of female clubs in the United Kingdom to either own or part own their home ground.

Derby County Football Club has increased its support towards Derby County Women in recent seasons as the profile and growth of Women’s football continues to rise. The enhanced support sees the Women’s first-team train at the Derby County Training Centre as the Ewe Rams continue to align themselves more closely to the main club in terms of its governance structure.

According to Derby County Women Chief Executive Officer Duncan Gibb, the announcement represents one of the key moments in the club’s long and rich history.

He said: “Today is the culmination of a lot of hard and patient work, which started back in 2014 and now sees us among a handful of clubs within the game that have a stake hold in their home venue. In terms of where it sits in the club’s journey path to date, next to the formation of the club back in 1990, I’d suggest that it’s right up there alongside our formal integration into Derby County Football Club back in 2019. It’s without question a ‘landmark’ day in the club’s history.”

Gibb believes that Derby’s successful quest in delivering a permanent home shared with the right partners, points to exciting times ahead for both the club and the CIC.

Gibb explained: “Since the formation of the club’s Operational Board of Directors back in 2014, we were very clear that we didn’t just want to remain a tenant, as so many clubs within the female game were then and still are now, but instead wanted to join forces with a resident club whose ambitions matched our own. In 2016 we identified that club in Mickleover FC (then Mickleover Sports FC), initially becoming a tenant at the Don Amott LG Arena before entering into serious discussions in 2018 around our becoming a formal member of the CIC. The process has been quite lengthy; however, it was important for all concerned that it was delivered in the right way, as opposed to the quickest way and the Covid situation also delayed things by about a year.

“In the short term we’ll be starting the new season as an equal stakeholder in a completely redeveloped stadium with a brand new 3G pitch, with our Academy also training where the First Team and Under-20s will play. In terms of our ‘one club’ philosophy, that was an important factor within our thinking. In the longer term we are confident that as stakeholders we’ll be able to attract funding and resource to assist in the continued development of the site, alongside our equally ambitious partner within the facility, Mickleover FC.”

According to Mickleover FC Chairman Don Amott, the Ewe Rams’ addition to the CIC is a most welcome development.

Amott said: “The CIC has had the same partners since its conception and we’d not really looked beyond that, however when Derby County Women first came to us as a prospective tenant back in 2016, they were very clear that they were looking for something far more permanent in the longer term with the right partners. Since then, we’ve developed significantly as a club, and it became very quickly apparent to all the members within the CIC that Derby were one of the most progressive clubs in the women’s game. It was therefore something of a no brainer to enter discussions with them to join the CIC and we are delighted that this has finally come to fruition. These are hugely exciting times for all of us.”