Welcome, dear visitor!
I am a PhD student in the International Centre for Sports History and Culture and I am looking to speak to anyone with memories of, or artefacts from, the early days of women’s involvement in rugby league – as players, officials, administrators, spectators or friends and family of players past and present.
The Project – Women and Rugby League: Gender, Class and Sport in the North of England, 1895-2010
I will investigate women’s participation in what has traditionally been seen as a male, working-class sport, examining the relationship between gender, class, leisure and regionalism. The research project will examine the history of women’s involvement in rugby league, as players, officials, administrators, supporters and unpaid labour.
Working in partnership with the Rugby Football League, I have a unique opportunity to study the history of gender and sport ‘from the inside’ of a major sporting body. The research will be based on the RFL archives, other primary source materials and oral history interviews. The partnership with the RFL allows access to large numbers of interviewees currently and previously involved in the sport.
The project is supervised by Professor Tony Collins at The International Centre for Sports History and Culture at De Montfort University, in conjunction with the Rugby Football League.
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