London Broncos are pleased to confirm a new women’s team will be formed this season to participate in the inaugural Betfred Women’s Super League South.
The six-team competition will feature the current British Army squad and five new women’s teams – Bedford Tigers, Cardiff, Cornish Rebels, Golden Ferns and ourselves. The tournament will run alongside the existing Betfred Women’s Super League, Championship and League 1 competitions in the north.
In another boost for the women’s game, Betfred have extended its title sponsorship of the Women’s Super League, which began in 2019, to include the new competition.
Betfred Women’s Super League South will sit at the top of the pyramid for the women’s and girls’ game in the south of England and Wales.
Jason Loubser, CEO of London Broncos, said: “This is an excellent development for the Broncos as a club and we are proud to further support the provision of women’s sport in the city.
“Women’s Rugby League will have a strong presence in London and this move is fantastic for our club as we seek to engage more people in the capital with our wonderful sport.
“We are committed to developing strong community links in the local area and forming a women’s team is another step towards our vision.”
The launch of London Broncos’ Women’s team has been made possible through West London Community CIC. The club will hold open trials on Saturday, May 8, for anyone aged 18 or over. Each session will be conducted in a COVID-19 safe environment.
Colin Baker has been confirmed as our first Broncos Women’s Head Coach.
Baker said: “The formation of a quality and professional run league in the south of England and Wales is tremendously exciting news for Women’s Rugby League.
“I’m pleased to be appointed and am looking forward to building this.”
For the inaugural season of the Betfred Women’s Super League South, the six teams will be split into regional conferences. The Broncos will join Bedford Tigers and British Army in the East Conference while Golden Ferns, Cardiff and Cornish Rebels will contest the West Conference.
Marc Lovering, the RFL’s Director of Participation and Development, said: “A new Premier competition for Women’s Rugby League in the South of England and Wales has always been part of our medium to long term strategy as we look to build on the growth within the Women’s and Girls’ game since the launch of the WSL in 2017.
“We had intended to launch in 2020 but were forced to delay for obvious reasons.
“We are confident that with the number of new teams getting involved we will quickly be able to establish a full pyramid beneath the Betfred Women’s Super League South.
“With plans for a similar new competition in the North launching in 2022 we are aiming to have a full national competition structure in place ahead of the 2024 season.”
Women interested in attending Broncos’ open trials session on Saturday, May 8, need to pre-register in line with current COVID-19 guidelines. Spaces are limited.
To secure your place, please email John Keyes via [email protected].
Further information about London Broncos is available on the club website: London Broncos RL |.