One of our initial goals is to start both a men’s and women’s Rugby League team. But for us, it’s more than that. For a lot of clubs, in a number of different sports, the women’s team is seen as secondary to the men’s team.
We want to do things differently. Our “Equally Important” mindset is us making the commitment to ensure that our women’s team is always just as important as our men’s team.
We want to build Women’s Rugby League, not just within our club but across the South of England, including supporting other clubs and the RFL to grow the structure to make the female game sustainable. We know that it’s going to be a huge challenge, but it’s one we’re really excited about taking on!
Some of the ways we’re planning to do that:
- Promote both men’s and women’s teams in our marketing channels and take opportunities to promote the wider game of women’s RL, including the Rugby League World Cup, Super League and Challenge Cup
- Ensure that we’re investing in both of our teams equally in terms of providing appropriate levels of coaching and support staff for both teams
- Create opportunities for women to become volunteers and coaches within Rugby League, using their expertise to help us grow our club and the wider game
- Ensure that our core sponsorship packages are applied to both men’s and women’s teams
- We believe in the benefits of our men’s and women’s teams training together, maximising the use of facilities and coaches
We wholeheartedly agree with the #icare #wecare movement. We think that Rugby League is an amazing sport and we want as many people to be involved as possible.