Sportsmatch/Scottish Power Girls Play LeagueWarrington Wolves, will launch their new programme æSportsmatch/Scottish Power Girls Play LeagueÆ (G.P.L), with the help of Warrington born England cricketer, Neil Fairbrother and World Cup Winner, Roger Hunt MBE on Monday 3rd December 2002 at 10:00am in the Playing For Success Centre at Wilderspool Stadium. The Wolves are the first professional club to launch an initiative specifically aimed at female participation in sport. It is hoped, through this project to increase the participation levels of girls in grass roots rugby league within the townÆs secondary schools.Warrington Wolves received a fantastic response from the girls within their TRY HARD (secondary school level rugby league) and PRIMARY LINK (primary school level rugby league) programmes. As a result from the first year within the æTRY HARD PROGRAMMEÆ, a girlÆs festival was piloted with teams from Years 8 and 9 from six of the local high schools taking place. To build on this important development, the Wolves have developed a girl-oriented project to ensure that the girls are given a further opportunity to improve their rugby league skills.The project entitled Sportsmatch/Scottish Power-G.P.L aims to encourage girls from Year 7-9 in secondary schools to take part in rugby league skills training and team development, through coaching sessions, which will form part of their P.E curriculum.Educational studies have shown that there is a tendency for girls aged 11-14 (Years 7-9) to 'drop outÆ of participating in extra curricular sporting activity. The purpose of this project is to maintain and boost their interest in sports and give them the opportunity to develop their skills in teams and competitions specifically for girls.The Wolves have proven track record in encouraging and developing female participation in rugby skills, emphasised in the success of the recent Girls festival.The project will be co-ordinated by the Wolves Community Development Officer Jane Banks, a GB international and Bradford Ladies second rower. Jane commented on the launch of the programme, "This is an important development in improving the pathways for girls into international top flight rugby league, by encouraging and promoting the opportunity to take their interest in the sport further. We are fostering an aptitude for teamworking and skills development through our work with the high schools in the area."
29, Nov, 2002