Women and Girls rugby league has seen huge momentum and drive to grow the game over recent months.
Female rugby league is one of the fastest growing sports in the UK and here at Wakefield we pride ourselves on being the first Super League club to have a women’s team, launching back in July 2016.
We have thoroughly enjoyed exploring options in promoting and growing the female game in and around Wakefield and our City will look to have no fewer than 5 brand new “girls” community teams in Wakefield by the end of 2018, following an exciting meeting that was held here at the Mobile Rocket Stadium in early May with our city’s community clubs all invited to attend.
Additionally our brand new Wakefield Trinity Girls u16s team is moving quicker than expected and we are really pleased to have Trinity Walk as our backer and official partner for this team and overall #GirlCode13 programme.
An open trial for any girl that is currently in year 9 or 10 (2017/18 academic year) will take place here at the Mobile Rocket Stadium in the near future and will include stars of the Wakefield Trinity Ladies team and England internationals attending and guiding the new players with tips and advice.
Wakefield Trinity’s Community Development Manager; James Stephenson who has been driving the women and girls game had this to say, “It is so exciting to see both the women and girls game flourishing, we stated a couple of years ago that women & girls rugby league was an area that had huge potential and needed to have a big push and support to see where we could help take it.
“I’m absolutely delighted that the majority of Super League clubs have now adopted a women’s team and this has created a valuable boost in further interest through the great community clubs with more girl’s teams being created all the time. For example; our local community club; Normanton Knights, have been able to set up both u12s and under 14s girls teams within a month and are now playing regular fixtures with more girls joining on a weekly basis. A great deal of credit has to go to the volunteers for their passion, commitment and drive to make this happen.
“We have also agreed with both Sharlston Rovers Juniors and Eastmoor Dragons to establish new girl’s teams going forward and Stanley Rangers have independently set up their own u12s girls team recently. This obviously shows a huge appetite for girl’s rugby league in Wakefield!” James Continued “further progression is been made for the Wakefield Trinity Girls u16s and we should have a great coaching team in place within the next couple of weeks, we have already gained huge interest from girls wanting to join and we are ready to launch an open access recruitment drive shortly. We believe that we have now established a staged and sustainable pathway, for girls rugby league, and with just one more piece of the jigsaw to finalise our overall growth plan titled “GirlCode13”, I suspect we will again be leading the way in a player pathway development programme”.
Any girl who would like to try rugby league from u12s (yr 6/7) to open age should contact:firstname.lastname@example.org and you will be directed to your local community club with a girls section. Additionally anyone who is within eligible to join our brand new Wakefield Trinity Girls u16s team, should email also:email@example.com for further detail and.