Nottingham Outlaws women’s team will be proudly sporting brand new kit this season, thanks to sponsorship from Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service.
The team, which was established 3 years ago, trains every Thursday come rain or shine and puts in extra sessions during the season, ensuring the ladies are in prime condition for their busy fixtures calendar, which includes the Women’s Rugby League Conference National Division.
2008 Players’ Player Sarah Morton said: “I am delighted that such iconic role models are supporting us this year; hopefully this can be the start of a great reciprocal friendship. We would like to thank them very much for their generosity”.
Emblazed across the front is the slogan “women can” and the website address www.stepuptonottsfire.com, highlighting Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service’s campaign to attract more women to firefighter roles. Taking place during the summer months, “women can” hopes to encourage more women to consider a career as a whole-time or retained firefighter. In order to support this campaign, new eye-catching posters are being distributed to gyms, clothes shops and changing rooms across Nottinghamshire, with the aim of targeting women and attracting them to non-traditional roles.
Chief Fire Officer Frank Swann said, “We are very proud to be extending our support to women’s rugby, namely the Nottingham Outlaws, and wish them every success in their upcoming season. As a Service we actively promote equality and diversity and hope that, as a result, women will see that there are job opportunities available for them, and ultimately consider a career with us as a firefighter”.
Stewart Readhead, who coaches the team from their ground at The Bay, West Bridgford, added: “I believe this sponsorship will be really advantageous to our club and Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service. It’s great to have two organisations working together to support women and girls in their involvement in active sports such as Rugby League. Hopefully this will help will transfer into careers for more women within the Fire Service.”