VIK­INGS IN THE COM­MU­NITY Faye gives girls help be­fore the World Cup

Runcorn & Widnes Weekly News - - Yourviews - BY JOHN MCDOUGALL john.mcdougall@trin­i­tymir­ @JMacD1988

AWIDNES-BORN rugby league star vis­ited the Vik­ings’ Girls Satel­lite Club and Walk­ing Rugby ses­sions to share her skills and ex­pe­ri­ence with par­tic­i­pants.

Faye Gaskin has re­cently been se­lected in Eng­land’s World Cup squad that will head down un­der, but gen­er­ously took time out of her busy sched­ule to sup­port the Fri­day night events.

Faye and the rest of the women’s team fly out soon where they will face Pa­pua New Guinea, Australia and The Cook Is­lands in a tough group.

Af­ter tak­ing part in the ses­sions, she said: “I think that these pro­grammes are re­ally good.

“It’s nice to be in­vited by the club to come down and get in­volved with the Girls Club and Walk­ing Rugby.

“It’s re­ally promis­ing to see the girls playing rugby league and it’s build­ing for the fu­ture, so I’ve re­ally en­joyed my evening.”

Faye is ex­cited to be tak­ing part in the in­ter­na­tional tour­na­ment and can­not wait for it to get un­der­way.

She said: “It’s three weeks un­til we fly out, so I’m re­ally look­ing for­ward to it. “The train­ing sched­ule for us has re­ally stepped up a notch now.

“The tour­na­ment is promis­ing for the women’s game and I’m ex­cited for it.”

Faye’s ap­pear­ance fol­lows the an­nounce­ment that the Vik­ings will be en­ter­ing a team into the 2018 Women’s Super League. ●

She said it is bril­liant news for the women’s game and can only help to de­velop the sport even fur­ther.

Faye added: “Be­ing from Widnes my­self, and hear­ing the news that Widnes are putting a team to­gether, it’s re­ally ex­cit­ing for the fu­ture.

“I hope these girls that are com­ing through the sys­tem now can keep ● work­ing and hope­fully one day sign for Widnes.” ● The Vik­ings Girls Club takes place ev­ery Fri­day from 4.30pm to 5.30pm and costs £2. ● Walk­ing Rugby also takes place ev­ery Fri­day at the same times and is free.

Faye Gaskin is greeted at the Se­lect Se­cu­rity Sta­dium

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