JODIE Cunningham may perhaps soon have to pack away her drum – the drum she has been beating for women’s rugby league.
For the development in the sport in phrases of participation concentrations and criteria has been substantial.
And the St Helens ace hopes to assist England make an additional phase in the ideal path, a get about France forward of a tilt at the Environment Cup.
Jodie has extensive been an advocate of the women’s recreation but the reception was at the time a lot less enthusiastic than nowadays, when Craig Richards’ team shares the Warrington phase with Shaun Wane’s men’s facet.
She recalled: “It was practically like no-a single was listening. People didn’t quite see the vision.
“Five or 10 a long time in the past, you wouldn’t be speaking about gals and girls’ rugby league whole stop. No person would be conversing to me about it.
“I’ve been banging the drum for several years and I would to any individual who’d listen about how fantastic it is and the prospective it has.
“And the progress we’ve manufactured in current years has been enormous. Individuals are setting up to see it so I don’t have to bang that drum any a lot more.
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“Playing at Warrington will be a wonderful practical experience and the simple fact it’s a double-header will get additional eyes on the activity much too.
“It’s massive for us personally but every time we get alternatives like this, it’s about earning certain we see the even bigger picture as perfectly.
“And the crew is better now than it was when we beat France last year. When the Globe Cup was postponed, I went into a few of days of sulking but we’re a yr much more mature now and the squad is far more competitive.
“We’re consider we’re much better than we at any time have been in advance of.”
Jodie was talking at a girls and girls’ coaching session for additional than 60 persons at newbie club Ashton Bears, which was awarded £24,176 of Nationwide Lottery RLWC2021 CreatedBy funding.
It set up its women and girls’ section in 2017 with a handful of under-14s and now has 4 teams and 85 active gamers.
“Playing this sport modifications young girls’ lives and matters like this – as well as conversing about potential growth in several years to come – is definitely fascinating. We have seen the increase in expectations already.”
*THE Countrywide Lottery is an formal spouse of this year’s Rugby League Environment Cup. The partnership incorporates Countrywide Lottery players offering £750,000 of important economical support to some of the hardest hit and most disadvantaged communities across England as a result of the RLWC2021 CreatedBy Grants Programme.
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