Super League giants St Helens have joined forced with Thatto Heath Crusaders in a partnership which further enhances the strong links between the two clubs and will continue the already successful player pathway.
Saints will have a team in the Women’s Super League while Thatto Heath will also play in the Merit League, with a crossover of players from both sides.
Lead community coach Craig Richards said: “There is already a strong bond between Saints and Thatto Heath’s women’s and girls’ sections and this partnership is a direct result.
“The girls’ pathway will continue to be supported by Saints' community coaches and those players will hopefully progress into the women’s teams.
“Eight Thatto Heath – St Helens women were called up into the England squad for the World Cup and we hope there are many more to come through this partnership.”
Mike Denning of Thatto Heath added: “We are delighted to support all initiatives which seeks to promote the women and girls game.
“We have worked hard to give the women and girls competitive games and believe the time is right to take further steps to get these talented players recognised in the rugby communities.
“We would like to thank Saints for their understanding of how the community games works for the Women and Girls and working with us to ensure all have a pathway to continue to enjoy their Rugby League at all levels.”
Training will remain at Thatto Heath Crusaders Close Street home with some sessions for the women and girls taking place at the Cowley Training Centre.
The club will also use the Totally Wicked Stadium when fixtures allow.
“This is an exciting time for St Helens and Thatto Heath Crusaers,” Craig added. “If you want to get involved in sponsoring the team or the players, please contact the club for further information.”