IN only their first full season, Saints Girls Rugby League Team have been honoured by the RFL by a sizeable number of players being selected for the U14 and U16 North West Girls Talent Pathway.
This exciting initiative forms a key stepping stone in the RFL’s new player pathway and is designed to identify and develop players who may have the potential to play at the elite levels of the game.
This phase runs for eight weeks consisting of coaching sessions and playing opportunities. The girls will be coached by some of the RFL’s top coaches from the England set up, including ex-saints star Anthony Sullivan, the newly appointed Women’s England team head coach.
The coaches will run a skills and athletic development programme for three weeks, before joining together with other areas on the fourth and eight weeks to play. These games are not the primary focus of the programme with the emphasis placed on continual skill development and decision making under pressure.
Not to be outdone by their older teammates, the Saints Girls u12s players currently head the North West League, and if their form continues, they face the real prospect of playing the best team from the Yorkshire and London League’s to compete for the title of Champion of Champions, early in July.
Any girls from Y5 and upwards wanting to try their hand at Rugby League can come down to Thatto Heath Crusaders Club at Close Street in Thatto Heath, Wednesdays 6-7, and when festivals are not taking part Saturday mornings 11am to 12.30pm. You can email [email protected] for details.