HUDDERSFIELD Giants have appointed a fourth community development officer who will specialise in the development of female rugby league across Kirklees.
Steve Beaty has been charged with the task of providing more opportunities for women and girls to get involved with rugby league and the Super League club.
And the Giants have chosen this week to unveil Beaty to coincide with the centenary of International Women’s Day yesterday.
Huddersfield are also planning to celebrate 100 years of the Women’s Day event during half-time of Sunday’s ‘Pride of West Yorkshire’ clash between the Giants and Bradford Bulls at the Galpharm Stadium when over 100 women and girls actively involved with community organisations in the local area will take part in a pitchside parade.
Showcasing the strength of local female rugby league, there will be representatives from Huddersfield Ladies, Brighouse Girls and Ladies, Stanningley Girls and Ladies, Bradford Dudley Hill Ladies and Huddersfield’s two girls teams from St Joseph’s and Meltham All Blacks.
The club also have a strong group of active female referees, including Sarah Porter, who will be supporting the official interchange referee. Other community groups will include local Brownie, Guides and Rangers groups and the Huddersfield Giants Netball Club.
And Beaty believes this event is the perfect opportunity to announce his arrival of the Giants’ community scene.
“This is an exciting time to be involved with the Huddersfield Giants and female rugby league,” he said.
“With the Women’s Rugby League World Cup in 2013, the next few years will see an enormous boost in numbers participating in the game.
“We will be kick-starting this in Huddersfield with the launch of FTUK (female touch UK) on Tuesday, April 5. “Taking place at The Zone (6-7pm), this will provide a fantastic opportunity to learn the non-contact aspect of the game and work towards a summer programme of activities planned across Yorkshire.”