Castleford RUFC mark International Women's Day with launch of ladies team

In the week we celebrated International Women's Day, Castleford RUFC have launched a new ladies team as part of the next phase of development for the Whitwood based club.

Tuesday, 9th March 2021, 2:22 pm
Updated Tuesday, 9th March 2021, 2:24 pm
Former Castleford player Abi Burton has gone on to play for England Sevens. Pic: Justin Setterfield/Getty Images

The fully-inclusive team for women aged 18 and over will be led by the players to train, develop and play games for the new union season beginning in September.

The theme of International Women's Day (IWD2021) is #ChooseToChallenge, which aims to celebrate the success of women and calls for equality of opportunity.

Castleford want to capitalise on the success of their girls’ teams over the past 12 years, provide sustainable progression for their players and hopefully attract new players to the sport, as well as the club.

Steve Ball, the club’s girls’ rugby coordinator, said: “Over the years, lots of our girls have gone on to play at international level in both union and league and at the top levels of women’s club rugby in Premier 15s and Women’s Super League. I think that the time is right for the club to start a women’s rugby team in an area that has a lot of female rugby talent.

"The pandemic has led many of us to reassess priorities and a women’s team is needed at the club to broaden its appeal and its relevance to the local community and beyond.

"It will a fully supportive environment and we will be looking for absolute beginners as well as players with league or union experience with Castleford RUFC Girls’ teams and elsewhere.

"Planning is well underway for the team infrastructure and recruitment and we’re looking forward to a good pre-season in due course. We want to provide a slightly different offering for those joining us as we feel that it is essential that the development of the squad will be led by the players - to determine how seriously they want to play, be it on a social basis or at a more competitive level.

"We’re in this for the long term to enable organic and sustainable growth and mutual support to flourish.”