Halifax Panthers Women’s team have moved to their new base at OSCA Foundation community sports hub, formerly the site of the now-defunct Ovenden ARLFC.
The site will become the new training centre and gameday home for the women’s team, allowing the girls to set their own foundations in place having spent the past few years working out of Brighouse sports club. The OSCA Foundation Community Sports Hub
is a newly built and refurbished facility comprising of state of the art amenities, including changing facilities and a fully kitted out bar and function room.
And a return to Halifax is a move welcomed by head coach Anthony McCarthy.
“It’s nice to get back to Halifax. Having our own facility gives us great options when it comes to training, hosting games and also gives us chance to do more in the community.”
Panthers women’s team player Sarah Kennedy commented: “The facilities here are spot on for what we need. There’s been a lot of money that’s been put into the club recently and you can tell from the brand new changing rooms and everything. There’s a real buzz around the place at the minute and we want to keep things going.”
Fellow Panther Kate Hill continued: “Brighouse were really accommodating but I think it’s really important that we have somewhere that we can call home. I think having somewhere that we can come to get together that’s the main place for us will really help the team this season.”
The Panthers Foundation were recently awarded funding from the Tackling Inequalities fund through the RFL to assist the women’s team with ongoing costs for the return to play following Covid. We were awarded £1,000 to be spent on venue hire, equipment and also allowed 3 of the women’s team to complete their level 2 rugby league coaching qualification. The 3 were Anthony, the new head coach, Kara who already coaches with the community at Boothtown and Queensbury and Shelly Thomas. The women’s team are a club on the up and now is the perfect time to get involved and help support them.
They are holding a series of open training sessions and welcome any new players wanting to join the club and get into the sport. These will be held at OSCA Foundation Community Sports Hub on Saturday mornings on the following dates:
27th November 2021
11th December 2021
15th January 2022
To get involved, please email firstname.lastname@example.org to register your interest
OSCA Foundation Community Sports Hub
Cousin Lane, Halifax, HX2 8AD