Wigan Warriors to launch Women’s Team

Drew Darbyshire

Wigan Warriors have announced plans that they will launch a women’s team in the Women’s Super League in 2018.

The team will start off as an open-age side with the club then looking at creating a youth development programme.

Amanda Wilkinson, the only level three female Rugby League coach, will be the head coach of the new team.

Wilkinson is currently the Sales and Marketing executive at the Wigan club and has also been a summariser for BBC Radio Manchester at Super League games this year.

A launch event will take place at the DW Stadium on Thursday 16 November with trials at Central Park on Saturday 18 and Saturday 25 November.

Wigan Warriors have created the women’s team in a bid to grow the game of Rugby League and create opportunities for females to play Rugby League for the Cherry and Whites.

And highly-rated coach Wilkinson is excited about the future of the women’s team.

She said: “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.”

Warriors chairman Ian Lenagan has also heaped praise on Wilkinson, who has a lot of experience in coaching at all ages, both men and women.

He said: “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 the best of luck.”