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Central Charlestown JRLC are on track to increase female participation following the approval of a grant from the NSW Government.

The grant will come as a welcome opportunity for the club to remove potential barriers to females playing and coaching Rugby League, removing the cost of registration and equipment as well as being able to upskill existing female coaches and trainers to further accelerate growth in the region.  

In the Greater Newcastle Hunter region there are more than 4000 children participating in Rugby League from the ages of six to 17 however only 400 of these players are female.

“Our goal is to use the grant to help eliminate barriers for the girls to come and play Rugby League,” said Central Charlestown JRL club President Andrew Murphy.

“The two major barriers that we identified were opportunity and cost.”

The funds from the NSW Office of Sport grant will allow the club to provide a pathway for young girls to participate in Rugby League.