Very regrettably and with a heavy heart Castleford RUFC have to announce that their Girls' U18s will not be able to fulfil fixtures for the season 2022-23 and it is with great reluctance and sadness that we have had to bow to the inevitable and cease training and effectively ‘fold’ the team. The decision has not been taken lightly.
It is ironic that the team will not now enter the inaugural YRFU U18 Girls Merit League which promises to provide competitive game time for girls playing at 8 clubs in Yorkshire.
We wish that this new initiative for the development of rugby in the whole of Yorkshire is successful this season.
The Castleford RUFC Girls U18s have produced some fine players over the years as the emphasis at the club has always been on enjoyment of the sport and both individual and team development.
Many players in the U18s over the years have come through the ranks of the younger teams and particular highlights have been the team becoming Yorkshire and Area 6 (as it was then) winners, playing Winston Churchill HS and Mississauga Blues (two touring Canadian sides) and the tours to Worcester and then Largs when our club U18s played against Scotland Futures (their U18s).
There has been significant Yorkshire county representation (at U18 and Ladies levels) by the players over the years together with representation at England Junior Academy North (as it was then), Yorkshire Centre of Excellence, England Junior Academy 7s’, England U18s and 20s, England 7s and 15s and GB 7s, too. Numerous girls have taken the step of combining studies with academic life at colleges and universities and at least 10 have played for Premier 15s clubs and even more have played for RL’s WSL teams – from the current squads there are at least 24 former U18 players who play and to that figure can be added at least another 10 who have played in previous years.
The club wishes to thank all players, parents, carers, supporters, coaches, team managers and club volunteers who have helped the U18 squads over the years.
We wish all former U18 players success on and off the field and we hope that everyone can look back on their time at Cas with fondness after absorbing this disappointment.
The club will continue to look to the successful development of their U16s, U14s and the fledgling U12s girls' squads this season and we wish them every success in the coming weeks. Training is on Wednesdays – U12s 6.00-7.00; U14s and U16s 7.00-8.00.