Coronation Street actresses Michelle Keegan and Lucy Jo Hudson dazzled on the red carpet last night as they attended The Co-operative Championships awards and celebration dinner in Manchester.
Former Corrie star Lucy Jo Hudson was keen to pledge her support for Rugby League: “I have been surrounded by Rugby League ever since I was young because my brother Ryan plays professionally for Castleford Tigers.
It’s a great game and I am pleased that more and more women are sharing my love for the sport. This evening has been brilliant and it’s all about celebrating another fantastic season with only the final left to go. Good luck to all the guys competing on Sunday!”
Michelle Keegan, who plays Tina McIntyre in the popular Manchester soap, also admitted to being a fan: “It was great to be here and celebrate all the fantastic achievements of these talented players. We watch all of the hard work that they put it on the pitch week in, week out so it’s great to be able to come here and help celebrate their efforts.”
Female participation in Rugby League is rising year on year with statistics from the RFL, the sports governing body, highlighting that in 2010 over 1100 girls and women competed in contact Rugby League and a further 2000 have registered to play Touch and Tag Rugby League since the start of the season in March this year.
Additionally the number of qualified female coaches in the UK is now over 100 and there are also over 50 qualified female Rugby League referees currently enjoying the benefits of the professional sport.
Across the board participation numbers for women in Rugby league are rising and this is no more evident than at the annual Champions Schools competition which this year reached a new high with over 3,000 girls competing in the competition.
To purchase your tickets for The Co-operative Championship Finals Day call the RFL ticket office on 0844 856 1113 or visit www.rugbyleaguetickets.co.uk.
Tickets can also be purchased from The Halliwell Jones Ticket Office on the day.