A ground breaking new girls’ rugby club has got of to a great start with the support of their local Labour Councillors. Cllr Ros Birch and Cllr Peter Dean visited the recently formed Waterhead Warriors RFLC Girls Team last week and presented them with the new kit they have funded.
The girls’ team is a fantastic initiative set up by Matt Taylor, the girls team coach, and they are the only girls team on the North-East side of Greater Manchester. Previously, if girls wanted to continue playing Rugby League after the age of 11, they would have to travel to either Leigh or Halifax. The team are looking to recruit more girls aged 11+ with a view to putting together a competitive team for Spring 2022.
The kit has been funded by all three Labour Party Ward Councillors.
Ros Birch, Waterhead Councillor and Deputy Cabinet Member for Health and Social Care, said “this is a much needed and ground-breaking initiative by Waterhead Warriors RLFC and particularly Matt Taylor. In under 11’s Rugby League, girls and boys can play in mixed teams, but with a lack of local clubs supporting girls’ teams, many talented female players just gave up the game they loved because of the lack of local opportunities to train and play. It is important that we do everything we can to encourage all young people, but especially girls and women to continue to participate in sport as they grow older to promote health and fitness as a lifelong, enjoyable activity. I really welcome this initiative by Matt and the Club and, along with my fellow Ward Councillors, Peter Dean and Riaz Ahmed I am really pleased to provide the kit. I look forward to supporting them for many years to come.”