Castleford Tigers and its Foundation are delighted to confirm that a new Under 16s Scholarship programme will be introduced to further our commitment to developing young women’s rugby league players.
This comes after the news earlier this week that the Club will implement a Women’s Academy which will focus on the development of 16 to 19-year-olds and now with the addition of the Scholarship programme, this shows an even further commitment to Tigers women’s development pathway.
It’s an exciting time for young players to be getting involved with the Tigresses, as along with the announcements of an Academy and Scholarship side, the girls Tigers Talent Pathway sessions which will run this week and next are now fully booked.
Castleford Tigers would also like to welcome Paul Shepherd, who will take up the role of Tigers Women Scholarship Coach.
Shepherd brings a wealth of experience in the women’s game, coaching Methley Warriors ARLFC girls Under 16s side for three and a half years and has recently led them to Division One.
When talking about his new role, Shepard claimed that it’s an exciting time for the women’s game at the Tigers, by saying: “I am very excited to be joining a growing club with a good history and I can’t wait to get started. I will be helping bring the young girls through for them to progress to make that step up to the under 19s and then eventually the first team.
“It is really important for the future that we have an Academy and Scholarship for us to start seeing the progression of girls from the area. The women’s game is just getting bigger and bigger every year and now you can see the club’s intent for the game moving forward.
“It’s a big step for the girl’s setup and Castleford has a massive talent pool. With the TTP coming in it’s great for girls to come down and get involved, which then is good for us to see what talent we can potentially then take into our Scholarship team.”
Castleford Women’s First Team Head Coach Matty Faulkner spoke of his delight of Shepherd’s appointment and outlined how it will enhance the Fords’ player pathway.
“Paul coming in is another important part of the bigger picture for us. It’s about starting the pathway for us and giving girls in the local area an opportunity at an earlier age. We want to work with girls from the local area who can go on and play for their local Women’s Super League club.
“Paul has been a massive help since I have started, and he came down to the community club meeting a couple of months ago and I really like the way he interacts and coaches.
“I’m really happy to have Paul on board, he’s enthusiastic about the development of the women and girls game in the local area and will be a massive asset to us as we develop as a system.”