WARRINGTON WOLVES are the latest Super League to announce the launch of a Women’s team.
The side will be coached by Lee Westwood, with Wolves star Ben Westwood acting as assistant coach together with Andy Marsh, Estelle Graham and Ryan Cartledge.
Sky Sports’ Angela Powers is team manager.
A trial session for open age players is being held on Monday 3 December, at Victoria Park Asics Stadium, with a 7.00pm start.
Sessions for girls aged 12-16 will take place each ensuing Monday, at the same venue, from 6.00pm to 7.00pm.
Lee Westwood said: “It is an exciting challenge as we look to develop the women’s and girls’ game in Warrington and 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, thereby ensuring we provide a pathway for all girls from eleven 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.”
Chief Executive Karl Fitzpatrick reflected: “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; we look forward to seeing it grow from strength to strength.”