The RFL has teamed up with the ‘REACH’ campaign in a bid to boost the number of female coaches in the wider game.
REACH is run under the auspices of sportscoachUK, which is a national campaign to encourage women to take coaching qualifications, or improve the ones that they already have.
Additionally, the RFL is developing a new project in partnership with the North West Counties League.
This will see a number of women involved in Primary Rugby League receive free coaching courses and ongoing support.
Jon Roberts, the RFL’s director of performance and development, outlined his hopes for the project.
“There are 445 women who are qualified coaches in Rugby League, and a far smaller number than this are active in coaching Rugby League on a regular basis. This is a missed opportunity for our sport,” he said.
“We are committed to helping more women, and men, to succeed in Rugby League coaching and help the sport to grow.
“We will take an active role in the sportscoachUK ‘Reach’ campaign.
“Our new women in coaching project in the North West will help us understand more about what the whole sport needs to do to support more women into coaching – we will report back on this pilot project in the Autumn.”