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Belles visit Sterling SMILE

29 July 2022

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A group of Belles players and manager Andy Butler recently visited Doncaster Council’s Stirling SMILE facility, based in the city centre.

SMILE (Supportive Multi-Ability Inter-Generational Life Experiences) provides day activities and projects for older people, adults with learning disabilities, autism and individuals who require specialist support.

With England Women doing so well in the Women’s Euro 2022 championships, the individuals at Stirling Smile have taken a huge interest in the Lionesses, and as a result they wanted to engage with local women's football and with the Belles in particular.

Long-time Belles supporter and outreach worker Wendy Sissons arranged the visit, with Andy and the players supporting the activities which were focused around the Belles and women’s football.

Wendy said: "All the individuals and staff loved having the Belles here. We are now looking forward to their next visit and supporting the Belles when their season starts on the 21st August."

Belles team captain Jess Andrew said: “Everyone had a great time and there were many questions asked about the Belles and the players involved. It's safe to say that The Lionesses and the Belles over the years have really paved the way for women's football in this country, and its great to see the community getting behind England Women and more importantly connecting with their local clubs such as us.

“We will be returning as some of the SMILE individuals have challenged us to a game of football - so watch this space!"

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