We caught up with Amanda Wilkinson, to see how plans are coming together for the Club’s first ever women’s team.
A few weeks ago we had a really great launch night, you must have been happy with how that went?
“It was great! We had a packed room and plenty of players and coaches there and it was great to get support from people like Jenny Meadows and Sarah-Jane Gray from the RFL who came down and let everybody know what the framework is and how the programme is going to work. It was nice to see so many people wanting to get involved.”
You’re now in the process of bringing a women’s team together, how’s it going?
“Really well, better than I expected to be honest. We’ve had a really good response and one really positive thing is that we’ve had a lot of interest from younger players so we’re looking at having an Under-19s squad that sits alongside the open age team. That would fit nicely with the development work that we want to do to underpin the women’s game.”
Where are you up to with the trial sessions and how have they gone?
“We’ve done two of the three open trial sessions so far and have the final one on Saturday. I’ve reviewed all of the footage from each of the sessions, each of the trial sessions have consisted of a group warm-up followed by our conditioners putting the ladies through some movement drills, allowing the coaches to observe each of the players for their athletic attributes. Coaches have also tested the ladies’ skills and techniques before finishing with a small-sided game. We’ve got footage of everything that we’ve done and from that we’ll start selecting a squad. It’s been really competitive and I’m impressed with the standard.”
The players that you’ve had so far, where are they from?
“There’s a really good mix of players that are currently playing the game alongside players that played before but are wanting to get back into Rugby League. Hopefully we’ll get some girls back into Rugby League, which is great. We’ve also had a few Rugby Union players join us, some from the armed forces and some who have never played before. It’s a great mix and everyone is really enjoying the sessions.”
Third and final trial session on Saturday- everyone interested is welcome?
“Definitely! It doesn’t matter if someone hasn’t been to the last two it’s all about quality really. It’s about what you do with the time you’ve got. If anyone is interested then they’re welcome to come down on Saturday, simply email myself firstname.lastname@example.org.”
The third and final Open Training Session for the Wigan Warriors Women’s team takes place at Central Park on Saturday 10am-12pm.