The RFL celebrate Women in League
The Rugby Football League is celebrating International Women’s Day today (March 8) by profiling a selection of women involved in Rugby League in this country and highlighting the opportunities that exist for women at all levels of the sport.
International Women’s Day is an annual global event celebrating the economic, political and social achievements of women past, present and future and is a national holiday in some countries.
RFL Head of Participation Julia Lee said: “Rugby League has a proud history as an inclusive sport and there are a huge variety of opportunities for women to get involved across both the grassroots and professional game.
“One of the RFL’s key objectives is to increase the number of women playing Rugby League but there are also a number of other ways for women to get involved in the sport as volunteers, coaches, match officials or administrators.
“We have launched the Women in League section of the RFL website today profiling women such as Match Official Sarah Bennison and Widnes Vikings Chief Executive Julie Gaskell which I hope will inspire more women to get involved.”
Meanwhile, the 2011 Co-operative Rugby League Women’s Conference kicks off in a few weeks time with a record 29 teams signed up to take part making the competition the largest Women’s Rugby League competition in the world.
A major innovation for 2011 sees the inclusion of the three armed services sides; The Army, Royal Air Force and Royal Navy.
Competing in the Rugby League Conference South of England group will provide the serving females competitive opposition against community clubs for the first time.
The competition is reaching the far corners of the UK, with teams coming from six of the nine English regions as the North East’s Peterlee Pumas step on board alongside the East Midlands’ Leicester Storm.
This successful expansion comes on the back of increased investment by the RFL into development staff which has seen the birth of a number of new clubs, particularly in the North West of England.
Seven new clubs from the North West will enter the competition this year; Leigh East, Leigh Miners Rangers, Macclesfield, Crosfields, Mancunians RL, West Craven Warriors and Widnes Moorfield Angels.
To view the Women in League section of the RFL website visit www.therfl.co.uk/equitydiversity/international_womens_day/women_in_league_profiles
If you are interested in participating in Rugby League as a player, coach, match official or volunteer visit www.tryit.co.uk and for information about working for the RFL visit www.therfl.co.uk/careers_at_the_rfl