First training session for Castleford’s new ladies team

Castleford RUFC under 15s girls team practise line outs at a recent training session.
Castleford RUFC under 15s girls team practise line outs at a recent training session.

Castleford RUFC will launch a new ladies rugby union side tonight (Thursday).

The team will have its first stand alone training session from 7.15 to 8.30pm.

Women aged 19 and upwards are invited to train whether they are absolute beginners or have league or union experience.

The launch of a ladies team comes on the back of a recent grant from the RFU to assist the Whitwood-based club in developing mixed ability rugby where the emphasis is on welcoming anyone, irrespective of their rugby background, ability or capability. The club hold regular training every Thursday from 2 to 3.30pm and welcome adults with learning difficulties and disabilities.

Committee member Dave Watson, who has a special interest in the growth of the girls, ladies and mixed ability rugby sections, said: “I have been privileged to watch the development of our mixed ability guys.

“We’d like more players to join the group and other rugby players to train and play games acting as facilitators where necessary. The friendliness and commitment to the cause of the squad really epitomises what can be gained from playing rugby”.

The club has helped boost interest in girls rugby. Last Thursday their under 18 girls played a floodlit game against leading RL girls team Batley Bulldogs, which was played in great spirit.

Batley’s under 13s girls will visit Castleford today (Thursday) for another instalment of cross code co-operation.

Castleford’s RUFC’s Steve Ball said: “We have many dual code players in our three girls’ squads and there are generic skills that are transferable. It was great to watch the Batley girls play and the exposure to union will help develop their overall rugby awareness.

“Our new ladies team is a natural progression to provide sustainability for our successful set up for girls.”

Anyone wanting more details about girls, ladies or mixed ability rugby at Castleford RUFC should contact Steve Ball on 07707927090.