Before Castleford Tigers’ First Team took to The Jungle pitch to face Wakefield Trinity recently, Castleford Tigers Foundation invited Cutsyke Raidettes and Methley Warriors under 13 girls’ teams to play a match on the hallowed turf!
At the majority of home games in 2022, the Foundation have been welcoming a number of community club teams across various age groups in order for the players to make memories they will never forget and to showcase their commitment to the sport at grassroots level.
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This year the Tigresses, along with the Tigers Foundation, introduced a Scholarship and Academy system to help develop young women rugby league players.
Since its inception, the programme has already seen two debutants in 2022 with Alice Iwanejko and Maddison Rainey making their First Team bows recently against Wakefield Trinity.
Furthermore, Castleford Tigers Women’s side have regularly welcomed youngsters from local amateur clubs to get a taster of what a professional Super League programme looks like and to grow the sport in the local area.
Jordan Platt, who coaches Cutsyke Raidettes’ under 13s, outlined just how much his young players enjoyed the day and affirmed just how crucial occasions like this will help boost the women’s game.
“The girls have been really excited to come down here and play because the majority of them are Castleford supporters so for them to get the opportunity to play at The Jungle is absolutely fantastic.
“There has been a real buzz within the team this week in the buildup. Over the last two or three years, the girls’ game has really grown and you are seeing real development now. There are now a good few teams in the Castleford area that play to a really high standard.
“We want to create the next generation of Castleford Tigers Women’s players and these girls are really keen to play for them and develop through the ranks.”
Methley coach Kirsty Duffield also put forward that opportunities to play on the First Team pitch will only drive the girls on to want to make it to the very top in the future.
“I thought it was great for the girls to be able to play at such a fantastic occasion and at the age of 13 why wouldn’t you want to come and play down here. It’s a great atmosphere and it’s amazing for not just our girls but for the Cutsyke girls as well.
“When I was younger, I didn’t get this opportunity and I think for the young girls across all of the age groups, it’s a great opportunity. Hopefully, it will then lead them to someday playing here for Castleford in the future.”
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