West Wales Raiders are launching a women’s side with the aim of becoming the first ever female club rugby league outfit in Wales.
Also based at Stebonheath Park, “West Wales Raiders Ravens” will be coached by Karen Mayze who has been heavily involved in local rugby for a number of years. She will be assisted by former Scarlets ladies Keely Evans.
The coaching team will be completed by another former Scarlets player, Katherine Gravell, who joins as Team Manager and Dion Eveson who will serve as the teams physiotherapist.
Raiders Director Andy Thorne praised those who have made this team possible.
He said: “The board and I are Happy beyond words that we have managed to get this Ravens team together and over the starting line. Not only that, but it is managed and coached by females which was something we felt very strongly about.
“Over the next couple of months all the Ravens staff will work alongside the club’s men’s squads. They will work through getting all the relevant coaching, safeguarding and medical courses needed to make sure that our Ravens squad is looked after to the same standard as every other Raiders team.
“This is a massive step forward in developing the game of Rugby League and promoting accessibility within this great sport.”
2018 will be a year of friendly match activity for Wales Wales Raiders Ravens, but it is clear to read from the club’s comments that the longer term goals beyond 2018 sit much higher than that.
Any potential players for the Ravens are encouraged to get in touch via the link below. They will then be invited to an open session with a view to assembling the squad and starting fixtures in the weeks and months following.