Women’s team inspiring more girls to play Rugby League

Picture by Allan McKenzie/SWpix.com - 27/07/2019 - Rugby League - Coral Women's Challenge Cup Final - Leeds Rhinos v Castleford Tigers - University of Bolton Stadium, Bolton, England - Leeds celebrate in a huddle after victory over Castleford.

Following the success of the Women’s Super League and Challenge Cup competitions more women and girls are getting involved in playing the game than ever before. 

Eleven clubs who are part of the Leeds Rhinos Ambassador Club scheme now run a girls section and teams and 16 players who played for the Rhinos in the Women’s Challenge Cup Final have played rugby with these teams.

Lois Forsell, Leeds Rhinos Foundation’s Women and Girls Development Officer and Leeds Rhinos Women’s club captain, said: “It was a very proud occasion to see so many local players represent the Rhinos in the Women’s Challenge Cup Final.  The Women’s game is really strong at the moment and interest in the game is at an all time high, which showed on Saturday with a great crowds watching live at Bolton and on the BBC.

“To see players like Shannon Lacey, Fran Goldthorp and Chloe Kerrigan, who I have coached in schools and at their community clubs, lift the trophy on Saturday was really special and I hope they are now inspiring the young girls who are watching them to play the game.  At Leeds Rhinos Foundation we work hard to support the game at grassroots level and it’s encouraging to see participation increasing in both clubs and schools.

“We would like to take this opportunity to once again thank the volunteers within the community game who work tirelessly to support the young players in our city playing women & girls Rugby League, we appreciate all the hours and commitment shown by many great individuals at our ambassador clubs.”

Earlier this year the RFL launched a new campaign aiming to get 21,000 Women and Girls playing Rugby League by 2021.  Nationally the Women’s game has already grown massively with the number of girls teams increasing by 35% and Women’s teams by 38% in 2018.

If you have been inspired by the Leeds Rhinos Women’s Rugby League team and would like to start playing Rugby League, take a look at the list below for details of local women’s and girls teams.

Interested in joining a local club? Below are details of teams who run girls teams in Leeds:

– West Leeds Girls and Ladies ARLFC – Contact Donna Tobbit 07766556828 or [email protected]

– Stanningley Girls and Ladies ARLFC – Contact Garry Sides 07956887305 or [email protected]>

– Oulton Raidettes Girls and Ladies ARLFC – Contact Ash Bond 07584131197 or [email protected]>

– East Leeds Girls and Ladies ARLFC – Contact Glen Swailes 07917674558 or [email protected]

– Shawcross Sharks Girls ARLFC – Contact Bridgette Woods on [email protected]

– Dewsbury Moor Girls ARLFC – Contact Claire Berry 07870408152 or [email protected]

– Dewsbury Celtic Girls, ARLFC – Contact Adele Mack 07912842776 or [email protected]

– South Leeds Spartans – contact Joanne Harrison-Lee on [email protected] or 07708116963

– Farnley Falcons – contact Jonny Adams on [email protected] or 07743900239

– Headingley Hawks – contact Ellis Pascall on [email protected] or 07807087797
(Under 12s at 07919400509 and [email protected])

– Thornhill Trojans – contact Bethan Oates [email protected]

For information on the work Leeds Rhinos Foundation do to support the growth of the women and girls game email [email protected]