Parliamentary Group welcomes growth in women’s rugby league
On International Women’s Day, the All-Party Parliamentary Rugby League Group has welcomed growth in women’s and girls’ rugby league.
The Women’s Super League has grown to seven teams for 2018, with Bradford Bulls Women, Featherstone Rovers Ladies, Castleford Tigers Women and York City Knights Ladies joining St Helens Ladies, formerly known as Thatto Heath Ladies, and newly formed sides Leeds Rhinos Women and Wigan Warriors Women in this year’s competition.
Each team will play each other twice over the course of the regular season, which will run from 8 April to 30 September. The Women’s Super League Grand Final will take place on 13 October in Manchester.
Earlier this week the Rugby Football League announced a new Women and Girls Framework, bringing together the different ways in which women are involved in rugby league. The Framework will provide the basis for a game-wide campaign to further develop women’s and girls’ rugby league at all levels.
All-Party Parliamentary Rugby League Group Chair and Member of Parliament for Bradford South, Judith Cummins MP, said “this is a very exciting time for women’s and girls’ rugby league. It is fantastic to see the growth that has occurred over the past year, and the expansion of the Women’s Super League will help to further build the profile of the women’s game.
“I hope that the Rugby Football League’s framework will provide structure and direction for all players, coaches, volunteers and supporters involved with women’s rugby league, as we build towards the 2021 Rugby League World Cup in England.
“I wish all sides well for the season, and look forward to supporting the further development of rugby league for women and girls over the coming years.”