Swinton Lions have announced their Lionesses side’s new home for matches and training will be at Blue Ribbon Field in Pendlebury, the home of partner club Folly Lane.  

This comes after the Lionesses announced the appointment of former England international, Martina Greenwood as their first ever Head Coach on Wednesday.

The arrangement between both clubs means that a “Swinton” named Rugby League team will be playing in the town for the first time in 28 years.

Gary Woodward and Rebecca Roden (cc: Swinton Lions).

Folly Lane’s Gary Woodward spoke of the latest development between Folly Lane and Swinton Lions.

He said: “Folly Lane are excited to be hosting The Lionesses in 2021. It’s a great opportunity for both of our clubs. I’m sure that supporters of both Swinton and Folly will get behind this.

“The standard of women’s RL has improved massively since the days of Folly Lane running a team over 20 years ago, and it’s only going to get better.

“Our club will open to all, so come down, watch the game, have a drink, a bite to eat, and enjoy the matches. Good luck Lionesses!”

Lionesses new Head Coach, Martina Greenwood, added: “I’m delighted that the Lionesses will be based in our traditional hometown.

“Folly is a fantastic club and one that I have a special affinity for, particularly as both my son and brother are playing members.

“I’d encourage all prospective players, regardless of ability or experience, to come down and give our great sport a try. Aside from keeping fit and learning new skills, you’ll be sure to make lots of friends.”

Damian Ridpath, Director of Development at Swinton Lions, spoke about the Lionesses ambition and encouraged any women or girls to come down and give rugby a go.

He said: “On behalf of Swinton Lions I want to thank Gary Woodward and everyone at Folly Lane for so readily buying into our vision for the women’s game in the Swinton and Manchester area.

“Our intention is to field an open-age side during 2021, as well as a 16 to 18 years team. The important things is for girls and women to come down and have a go at the sport.

“In Martina we have recruited an outstanding coach, and our Lionesses will be sure to progress from strength to strength.”

The Lionesses will be hosting their first engagement day on January 17 at their new home. For more details you can visit their website.

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