Wakefield Trinity launch first women’s team in Super League

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Wakefield Trinity have made Rugby League history after the club became the first in the sport’s top flight to launch a women’s team.

Hordes of fans cheered when the “pioneering” new Wakefield Trinity Ladies team was unveiled to supporters during half-time at Belle Vue on Sunday.

The side will compete in the Women’s Premier League, which already has 12 clubs, from the 2017 season.

Joanne Phillips, Wakefield Trinity Ladies head coach, said: “We believe this to be a pioneering move from a Super League club.

“As a team, this presents us with endless opportunities for players, coaches and team development, but more importantly to promote the women’s game within the Wakefield community, and hopefully engage more women and girls to participate within Rugby League.

“Wakefield Trinity Wildcats and their ambassadors have a real passion for both the growth and development of all facets of the game, and for its community, which is why for us as a team; it is a real privilege to be a part of them and what they represent.

The women’s team will be based at Sharlston Rovers’s ground and they will train twice-a-week.

Trinity chairman Michael Carter said: “We would like to welcome the Wakefield Trinity Ladies team to our family club, this is a great partnership that we have forged and we really look forward to seeing the female game flourish within Wakefield.”

They will join Championship clubs Featherstone Rovers and Bradford Bulls, who both have women’s teams in the ladies division.

Kinnerton Confectionary will be the team’s kit sponsors.

To get involved in the side, or for more information, contact jojoelle@hotmail.co.uk