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Club in the Spotlight – Wakefield Trinity Ladies

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Posted 8th March 2017

This Girl Can is back on our screens, it’s International Women’s Day, and Wakefield Trinity Ladies are our next Club in the Spotlight.

The club are little over a week away from their opening game in the 2017 Women’s Premier League season, as they take on Stanningley this Sunday.

Part of the Wakefield Trinity Super League side, the ladies team formed last year in preparation for their debut season in 2017, and anticipation is building as the new campaign edges closer.

The side launched their official kit on the 1st of March before embarking on some pre-season fixtures at their home at Sharlston Rovers ARLFC.

In addition to the excitement of the new season, the club have some upcoming training sessions with Wakefield Trinity Head Coach Chris Chester, two-time Challenge Cup winning coach John Kear and Ireland international Liam Finn.

We spoke to Head Coach Jo Phillips to get some views ahead of their league opener.

What type of person gets involved with your club?

Any girl or woman aged 16 or over. Anyone who’s looking for a new challenge, to learn and develop new skill sets, and who wants to make friends for life in the process. Irrespective of whether you’ve got experience or not, we’d encourage anyone who’s interested in participating in women’s rugby league, to come take the first step on what could be an exciting journey.

Do you have any upcoming activities or events?

We are currently approaching our 2017 competition which commences on Sunday 12th of March. We have a variety of master class sessions planned with professional coaches Chris Chester and John Kear, and professional player Liam Finn. We regularly participate in community projects in partnership with our club Wakefield Trinity.

How do new members get involved?

If anyone is interested in playing they can email me at jojoelle@hotmail.co.uk or alternatively contact us on our Twitter Account @WTLRL. We currently train at Sharlston Rovers ARLFC, Mondays and Wednesdays, 7-8.30pm.

If there is one thing that you hope your members take from being a part of your club, what would it be?

Our primary objective for each member is that they would enjoy playing rugby league and that the environment we create in training sessions cultivates that.

What makes your club unique?

My personal consensus on why Wakefield Trinity Ladies Team is unique is that our ambitions are for growth and development of individuals and the team, but in a non-pressure environment. We believe that if each member of the team loves what they’re doing, results will come as a by-product. We don’t focus on the results, we focus on learning, developing, fulfilling our ambition, reaching our targets, and win, lose, or draw, if each member has given their best, we perceive that as success.

Why is your club important to you?

My club is important to me because of the members in it. From the players, to the volunteers, and to the supporters. They are the heartbeat of the club. Everything we endeavour to do as coaches we do for them, but also the community. We want to be a club that encourages and supports increased participation for females into the sport.

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