Players from far and wide made their way to the Mend-A-Hose Jungle as the Castleford Tigers Ladies begin to assemble their squad for pre-season.
Head coach, Lindsay Anfield, was encouraged to see 28 players attend the team’s first ever meeting. She said:
“It was a really positive turn out tonight. The girls seem keen to play for the club and I enjoyed meeting them all.”
The former England international was particularly happy with the number of under 18s who attend the event. She said:
“It was especially pleasing to see so many young girls eager to play open age Rugby League. We had 28 girls down and half were under 18 years old.”
Lindsay Anfield, and her coaching team of Jonny Payne and Danny Holmes, now face the difficult task of assembling their squad. They have until December to build their side and start pre-season.
The players were first introduced to the large group of backroom staff who all gave a short speech about their role at the club. What followed was a quick tour of the club’s facilities and also a short training session led by the coaching team.
The new women’s team was launched when Castleford Tigers teamed up with local side, Cutsyke Raiders.
Jonny Payne and Danny Holmes established the U14s and U16s at Cutsyke Raidettes and wanted to develop a pathway for the older girls to progress through. With the Castleford Tigers Ladies, girls now have an open age side which is backed by one of Super League’s biggest clubs.
Chairman of the Cutsyke Raiders, Paul Watson, is part of the backroom staff and attended Thursday’s team meeting. He said:
The purpose behind this massive project is to enhance women’s Rugby League and give girls the platform to perform at the highest level. Head coach, Lindsay Anfield, said:
“This new club will help to enhance the competition and standard of the league and hopefully aid in the development of some future RL stars. Big thanks to Cutsyke RL and Castleford Tigers for all their support in setting up this new venture.”
By Sebastian Sternik