Salford Red Devils Women’s side will take to the field for the first time ever later today (Saturday 15 Jan) as part of a double-header alongside the Men’s team against Swinton Lions at the AJ Bell Stadium.
The Red Devils ran trials last year to form a Women’s team and are now able to compete for the first time under Head Coach Chris Bates.
Bates said: “Pre-season has been really good. I’m amazed at how this team has turned out. The way the girls have come together and tackled challenges, developed as a team and really learnt to understand each other, is class really.
“The girls are really looking forward to Saturday. We don’t know much about Swinton as they didn’t play in a league last year, so we’ve mainly focused on our game.
“This game’s a fantastic opportunity and all the girls are really excited for it.”
Salford’s male contingent have enjoyed success over recent seasons with appearances in the Betfred Super League Grand Final and the Betfred Challenge Cup Final and they will be hoping to replicate their success with their female outfit with Louise Fellingham at the helm.
Captain Fellingham added: “Training has been going really well, everyone has been working hard and improving week on week. Since we’ve come back in the New Year you can tell the intensity has ramped up a notch.
“The team are excited at the prospect of pulling on the Salford jersey for the first time and taking to the field in front of a home crowd. We can’t wait to play at the AJ Bell.
“Playing against Swinton Lions will be a valuable challenge for us, but with the experience we have in the squad, we are confident that we can put on a good performance – which we can then build on going into the season.”
Salford Red Devils Women face Swinton Lions on Saturday 15 January at 11:15am at the AJ Bell Stadium.