Salford Red Devils are celebrating a “great start” to the trials for their new women’s squad, which took place yesterday evening.
The trials, which were held at the AJ Bell stadium, are the first of their kind in the club’s history. While they have several junior girls’ teams already competing, these new recruits will make up the Devils’ first open-age women’s team.
Following the trials yesterday, and another round commencing on Wednesday the 20th of October, the club will select the members of their squad, with a view to commencing competition at the beginning of next season.
Fantastic turnout for the first ever Salford Red Devils Women trials at the AJ Bell Stadium this evening! 🏉
👏 Well done to everyone who took part!
— Salford Red Devils 👹 (@SalfordDevils) October 18, 2021
Salford Red Devils Women’s new head coach, Marc Simon, expressed his delight at how the trials had begun.
He said: “Yesterday was a great start to our trials, with around 30 attendees arriving with a high standard of quality across the board. We were pleased with what we saw and looking forward to putting them through their paces on Wednesday, with the additional trialists that we didn’t manage to see.
“We will also be announcing our coaching staff after reviewing the applicants’ delivery, and look forward to announcing our very first Women’s first grade squad shortly.”
The establishment of this new team is an important step towards improving access to sport for women, particularly sports such as rugby, which have traditionally been largely male-dominated. The United Kingdom is seemingly falling behind other parts of the world in this regard, with only one of the four nations falling inside the top 10 countries for women’s participation in the sport.
However, with the Salford Red Devils Women’s team entering the game, our city could become a landmark for encouraging more young women to take up rugby in years to come.
If you would still like to take part in the trials for the team, the second round will be hosted on Wednesday the 20th of October – register your interest via their website.