Widnes have become the latest club to announce plans to create a Women’s Super League team.
Following the recent lead set by Leeds and Wigan, the Vikings are hoping to do their bit to increase female participation in the sport, alongside the club’s foundation.
Richard Munson, the club’s Commercial and Community Director, said: “In the last two years, the Vikings Sport Foundation has enabled over 3,000 girls in primary and secondary education to participate Rugby League, as part of our delivery of the Sky Try programme. With the support of Merseyside Sports Partnership, twenty girls also participate in a weekly training session that we provide at the stadium.
“The creation of a Women’s Super League team takes this effort to another level. Widnes Vikings Ladies will provide fantastic opportunities for people who currently play the game, as well as a clear route for younger girls to realise their ambition of representing the Vikings in the Women’s Super League in the future.”
Currently just 7% of the 95,000 people who play rugby league are female, despite women making up 42% of RFL event ticket buyers.