The Tigresses officially begin their season this Sunday at the Jungle in their first set of group matches in the Challenge Cup. In their group, Cas are joined by Featherstone Rovers, Oulton Raidettes, and Sunday’s opponents Wakefield Trinity for a place in the next stages.
In his first conversation with BBC Radio Leeds as the Tigresses’ Head Coach, Matty Faulkner talked through his integrity for developing a pathway for girls and women at the Club as well as how he sees his first season panning out in charge of the Fords.
“It’s not going to happen overnight, but I do think over the next two or three years we will be in a position to compete. We have got some good girls in the squad who want to work hard for the Club so I know they’re going to give everything that they can.
“As we go forward and develop as a Club with the pathway we’re going to put in place, in 3-5 years we will hopefully be in a self-sustainable position where we are competing at the top.”
Having been the Head Coach now for just over two months, Matty is keen on setting down some solid foundations for the women’s game, hoping to create a more visible route for the next set of players.
“Success for us this year would be competing and building to a point where we are more competitive and have a strong pathway by the end of the year.
“It’s more than just completing games for us. We need to be aligning the programmes and pathways with the boys and the men’s team for it to become just one Castleford.
“You want it to happen quicker, and we will work to make it a faster process but realistically I think 3-5 years is more likely.”
The Tigresses’ fixture against Wakefield Trinity takes place at The Mend-A-Hose Jungle on Sunday 13th March for a 2pm kick-off.
Be there and cheer the women on in the derby day clash!