CRL Newcastle, the womens rugby league club currently competing in the NSWRL Women’s premiership competition, is on the search for sponsors to back the club ahead of the 2019 season.
The team – which is currently backed by governing body Country Rugby League – was founded by Bec Young and her husband to enter the state league and represent Newcastle and the wider northern community of female footballers.
Now the organisation is calling on the community to support their continued growth, as rugby league’s popularity continues to surge for women and girls after the success of the very first Women’s State of Origin, and NRL Womens competition.
The support from local businesses and companies will be “crucial” said head of community football operations Mitch Quinn, especially as the team looks to build on their already star-studded roster from 2018.
“We have a lot of players from the NRLW and State of Origin that are already in the ranks, including players like Young, Hannah Southwell and Holli Wheeler,” Quinn explained.
“What the team is looking for now is that stability as we head into the next stages of the organisation, and we want to turn to local companies that can put their logos and backing on the team as they head across the state.
“Everyone here at CRL Newcastle already feels like the team has been moving from strength to strength, and with the massive popularity surge that we are seeing for women’s rugby league across the state we want to continue to build on that in the forseeable future.”
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Quinn believes the squad can not only push into deeper finals runs off the back of financial support, but also begin to build a strong grassroots pathway from the junior leagues in Newcastle and the Hunter all the way to the fields of the NRL Womens Premiership and the State of Origin series.
“We’ve already seen with players like Southwell and Wheeler, as well as international superstar Isabelle Kelly, that these are the first steps towards something bigger in the sport,” he said.
“To have the backing of the community as we continue to develop world class talent within the world of women’s rugby league would be something pretty special.”
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