Faisal Rashid, MP for Warrington South, has written to the Sports Minister Tracey Crouch to call on the Government to support the Women’s Rugby League Game.
As the Rugby League World Cup is currently taking place in Australia, Faisal asked the Minister what action her Department is taking to address gender inequality in Rugby League. Currently the sport’s male players are paid whilst their female counterparts are not.
Faisal also asked the Minister what steps her Department is taking to promote Women’s Rugby League in the UK.
The Warrington South MP is backing the campaign to highlight the issues facing Women’s Ruby League. During a recent Rugby League event in Parliament Faisal highlighted these issues and discussed the future of Women’s Rugby League in Warrington with Warrington Wolves CEO, Karl Fitzpatrick.
“It is deeply unfair that the Women’s Rugby League team are expected to take unpaid leave and unlike their male counterparts will receive no payment for their role in this year’s Rugby League World Cup.
“Our fantastic Women’s Rugby League team did our country immensely proud having reached the semi-finals at this major international competition. It is time that our sportswomen are treated as equals to their male peers.
“I am, however, delighted to see that the Women’s Rugby League World Cup is being played alongside the Men’s World Cup in Australia. Rugby League is a tremendous sport and deserves the increasing recognition it is getting.
“I have called on the Sports Minister to outline what plans she has to develop Women’s Rugby League and to address the barriers that currently exist in the sport. I also had a very positive discussion on the future of the women’s game with Warrington Wolves CEO Karl Fitzpatrick.
“I am incredibly proud of Warrington’s legacy as a Rugby League town and I know that the Warrington Wolves have a fantastic support base. I hope my constituents will soon have an opportunity to support a local women’s rugby league team as well.”