Advantage! sought to plug the gap, to provide a place for girls to have fun with rugby, learn the skills, make friendships and have fun whilst exercising
Advantage! sought to plug the gap, to provide a place for girls to have fun with rugby, learn the skills, make friendships and have fun whilst exercising. At our peak, we reached attendances of 60 at the Matt Johnson Prestige Stadium, with over 140 now members of our private Facebook group.
Since restrictions have eased, we have gradually built numbers back up, and have recently received funding from Boost Charitable Trust, to grow numbers and target girls who lack confidence, but who need a chance to achieve their sporting potential through initiatives like this. Boost Charitable trust already fund our Raider Braves programme, and this latest round of funding will also allow us to run extra-curricular activities in secondary schools, to further grow the game, and target young people at the age groups where dropout rate s highest.
In addition, we have received funding, kit and equipment from the Rugby League Futures Programme, which will provide competitive opportunities to play rugby fixtures as part of the Rugby League’s Player Development Programme.
Advantage! have also designed our own rugby kit, thanks to sponsorship from Identity, George Park and The Eric Wright Charitable Trust.
Whilst our attendances have stabilised at 30+ each week, we have seen five of our older Raider Girls go on to train with Barrow Raiders Ladies Reserves, and who knows, they may become regulars in the first team.
Barrow Raiders Ladies first team embark on an exciting chapter in their history by being invited to compete in Rugby League’s Super League 2.
We have also seen one local community club in 2021 form girls’ teams at under 11 level, Hindpool Tigresses, which is hopefully just the start for growth of the girls’ game in the Barrow and Furness area.
Our ambition for 2022 is to continue with our weekly sessions, and to provide the cohort with competitive opportunities to play touch rugby as part of the Rugby League’s player development programme. We have just designed and received sponsorship for our own rugby kit.
Our long-term ambition is to support our fantastic community clubs to start girls’ teams at u11 and u14 level, so a competitive league can take place in the south of the county, and to continue to support Barrow Raiders Ladies to become an established and successful Super League team.
Thank you to our funders: Boost Charitable Trust and the RFL Futures Programme, and to local business sponsors of the Raider Girls rugby kit:
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