WARRINGTON Wolves are to launch a women’s rugby league team, with an open-age trial next month.
Led by community coach Lee Westwood and supported by club legend Ben Westwood as assistant coach, the set-up will also include Sky Sports’ Angela Powers as team manager.
Lee Westwood said: “It is an exciting challenge as we look to develop the women’s and girls’ game in Warrington as it will help support the growth of the women’s game already taking place within our sport.
“We will be entering the women’s championship to establish the foundations which will enable us to achieve our vision of becoming a competitive side in Super League in 2020, while developing our very own future women’s Super League players through our girls only teams; ensuring we provide a pathway for all girls from 11 years old to open age.”
Wolves’ Foundation director Neil Kelly added: “Warrington has a strong tradition of success in women’s and girls’ sport and the re-introduction of a Warrington team, supported by the club, will be amazing and continue to inspire inclusivity through Rugby League.”
Karl Fitzpatrick, Wolves’ chief executive, said: “It is fantastic to see the women’s game growing in popularity and as a club we are proud to be a part of it. Rugby League is at the heart of the town so the re-introduction of the women’s and girls’ game within Warrington is a positive step forward. Earlier this year we hosted the women’s challenge cup finals day at the stadium which was a big success and we were delighted to be involved in raising awareness of the game, and look forward to seeing it grow from strength to strength.”
The club is holding open-age trial sessions at Victoria Park Asics Stadium next month on Monday 3 December at 7pm.
Training sessions for those girls aged 12 to 16 are held every Monday evening between 6pm and 7pm.