18th October 2017, 16:22 | 

Wigan Warriors to launch women's team

Wigan Warriors to launch women's team

It will be the club's first-ever female side.

Wigan Warriors have announced plans to launch the Club's first-ever women's team, with the aim of competing in the Women's Super League in 2018.

The team is set to be an Open Age side initially, with the Club looking to create a youth development structure going forward.

Amanda Wilkinson, the UK's only level three female Rugby League coach, will head up the new team and a launch event will take place at the DW Stadium on Thursday, November 16, with trials at Central Park on Saturday 18th and Saturday 25th November.

Commenting on the announcement, Wigan Warriors Chairman, Ian Lenagan, said: "This is an exciting announcement and we are very much looking forward to seeing the team come together over the winter as we move towards competing in the Women's Super League in 2018.

"At Wigan, we want our Women's team to be an important part of the Club. Amanda Wilkinson is a fantastic coach and a valued member of staff and exactly the kind of person who should be spearheading a project like this. We wish Amanda and everyone involved the best of luck."

Amanda Wilkinson added: "Rugby League is not just for men and boys, it is a family game and we are delighted to be launching our first ever Wigan Warriors Women's team.

"Women's Rugby League is developing at a rapid rate and we hope that by launching a team we will inspire even more women to pick up a rugby ball and give the game a go.

"Wigan is known for its outstanding Rugby League talent in the Men's game and we want to further that reputation with the Women's team.

"I'm delighted to be given this opportunity to take this new team forward and look forward to the challenge."

Key Dates

Launch event at the DW stadium – Thursday 16 November

Open training sessions/trials at Central Park – Saturday 25 November

First training sessions/team meeting – W/C 4th December

Further information will be released in due course.

For more information on the Wigan Warriors Women's team, contact contact Amanda Wilkinson: a.wilkinson@wiganwarriors.com.