WARRINGTON Wolves will have a women’s team for the first time ever from next year, the club have confirmed.

The team will compete in the second tier of the women’s game in 2019 and will be led by Wire community coach Lee Westwood.

He will be supporter in his role by first-team star Ben Westwood as assistant coach and Sky Sports’ Angela Powers as team manager as well as a coaching team of Andy Marsh, Estelle Graham and Ryan Cartledge.

As well as an open-age team, the club has also launched girls’ teams at the under 12s, under 14s and under 16s age group.

“It is an exciting challenge as we look to develop the women’s and girls’ game in Warrington,” head coach Lee Westwood said.

“It will help support the growth of the women’s game already taking place within our sport.

“We will be entering the women’s championship to establish the foundations which will enable us to achieve our vision of becoming a competitive side in Super League in 2020.”

The Halliwell Jones Stadium hosted the Women’s Challenge Cup Final and has submitted a bid to host the Women’s Rugby League World Cup Final in 2021.

Chief executive Karl Fitzpatrick added: “It is fantastic to see the women’s game growing in popularity and as a club we are proud to be a part of it.

“Rugby League is at the heart of the town so the re-introduction of the women’s and girls’ game within Warrington is a positive step forward.

“Earlier this year we hosted the women’s challenge cup finals day at the stadium which was a big success and we were delighted to be involved in raising awareness of the game, and look forward to seeing it grow from strength to strength.”

The team will hold open-age trial sessions at Victoria Park on Monday, December 3, at 7pm.

Training sessions for those girls aged 12 to 16 are held every Monday evening between 6pm and 7pm.