Tigers announce historic women’s pathway

Posted: Tuesday 16th July 2019 - 4:37 PM


Following on from the success of Castleford’s open age women’s team, the England women’s football side and the England women’s netball team, the club has decided to create a revolutionary pathway for women’s and girls’ rugby league!

The pathway will allow girls to progress from under 12s all the way to the Women's Super League in what will be a first for the sport in the UK, with current Castleford Tigers Women’s staff and players supporting the programme by offering coaching, nutrition, strength and condition, video analysis and mental wellbeing support.

Delivered in partnership with the club’s Community Foundation, it will offer a pathway for young girls that mirrors that available in the men’s game for the first time.

Community Director Simon Fox said: “The incredible wave of support for women’s sport has been hugely evident in the last year. The growth of the girls and women’s game is absolutely crucial to us as a club and a Foundation.

“We have seen what can be achieved at the very highest level when time, resource and energy is put into place. By creating an all-encompassing pathway, extending our work in schools, community clubs and by providing access to high level coaching, CPD, nutrition and wellbeing expertise, we are hoping to increase the flow of talent, both recreational and elite, into rugby league.

“This is a hugely exciting time for the Foundation and this expansion and support for girls playing sport is a big step change for the area and the game as a whole.”

Head coach of the Castleford Tigers Women, Lindsay Anfield, added: “This is a bold and exciting move by the club to support the development and growth of the female game. As a Super League team, we always need to find the next batch of elite players and this programme will not only help extend our talent ID but also give back to community clubs who have been so successful and supportive.

“We’re very excited at the new Tigers Women’s Rugby Pathway and even more so to be the first within the professional game to do so.” 

As part of the new pathway, the under-12s and under-14s programmes will get underway on Friday, 9th August and will include two more taster sessions on 23rd August and 6th September.

The under-16s programme also offers a number of taster sessions throughout the summer beginning on 6th August and followed by further sessions on the 3rd and 24th September.

A programme for under-19s players will take place on the same night as the under-16s, with a combined team of girls aged 16 and over having the opportunity to take on the Catalans Dragons women’s team on 13th October.

Sessions will take place at the Mend-A-Hose Jungle and in local schools and community clubs, with the Tigers Foundation eager to build on its history of producing highly successful girls Champion Schools Finals national winners over a number of years.

As well as providing an extensive pathway for children, young people, occasional players and the professional game, the new Women’s Rugby Pathway will also provide opportunities for local community clubs with the Foundation offering ‘gold standard’ CPD (continuous professional development) sessions and chance to qualify as RFL Level 2 Coach.

For further information on any aspect of the new Women’s Rugby Pathway and how to take part, please contact Georgie Hetherington on Georgie@castigers.com

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