Wakefield Trinity Ladies are delighted to announce that they will be launching their Under-19s Super League Academy in 2021.
The all-new Development Academy is the next step in our pathway to Women’s Super League from an Under-16s community game.
This will give nominated/selected girls a further opportunity to progress in a professional environment, which will be mapped out over a progressive staged development strategy with the opportunity to represent Wakefield Trinity in a performance playing calendar.
Working closely with our community clubs, we aim to assist the girls Under-18 community game and work closely with our partners to ensure that any athlete who may not quite yet be ready for open age Rugby League, are conditioned over a further two to three-year period within the representative Academy provision.
The new academy setting is yet another huge development in the Women’s game and Trinity’s Head of Women’s Rugby, James Stephenson, believes that it is another step in the right direction.
“I am really pleased that we are finally able to get the ladies academy up and running, we have had plans in place for this for a while now and obviously with this year going the way it has, everything has been delayed,” Stephenson explained.
“However, come 2021 when, hopefully, we may start to experience more normality, the timing now seems right to offer this provision.
“To be able to further help develop female athletes in a performance environment and condition them both mentally and physically to the demands of what Women’s Super League brings will give any player an additional edge.
“I’m looking forward to working with our community clubs with close dialogue and identifying players along with offering substantial support to our community teams.
“We hope to help further contribute towards the growth and development of Women’s Rugby League, especially with the World Cup on the horizon at the back end of 2021”.
Furthermore, Head of Growth at the Rugby Football League, Tom Brindle, commented on the importance of the Women’s game in the run up to next year’s World Cup.
“As one of the founding clubs of the Women’s Super League, Wakefield Trinity have been part of the growth and progress of the Women’s and Girls’ game over the last five years,” Brindle explained.
“When we looked at the best ways to achieve that growth back in 2016, with a focus on the opportunities presented by hosting a Women’s World Cup in 2021, we identified the importance of using our biggest sporting brand – Super League – and the famous club identities such as Wakefield Trinity.
Further announcements and trial dates will follow in the New Year, with the expectation of the start of Academy training alongside the Wakefield Trinity Ladies in late January early February 2021.
Any girls aged 16 to 19 are invited to register their interest by emailing their name, age, date of birth, Community club and position to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Additionally, we also welcome applications for coaches and managers in our community game to form part of the development academy staff.