Castleford Tigers Women appoint new head coach

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Castleford Tigers Women have appointed Matty Faulkner as their new head coach.

The 27-year-old has a wealth of experience in rugby league. He began his journey as a youngster playing and then heading to university to study sports coaching. From there, Faulkner focused on coaching, analysis, and recruitment.

At Hull KR Faulkner worked as a coach working in the community, and with Rovers’ scholarship and academy teams. When the City of Hull academy was formed, he worked in the scouting and recruitment team with a particular focus on recruiting players from different backgrounds and increasing the talent pool.

Following the split of the City of Hull academy, he made the move to Hull FC taking up a player performance management role.

Matty Faulkner on new move

“I’m excited to be joining Castleford Tigers,” he said.

“I’ll be doing recruitment for our college programme as education and pathway manager, and as head coach of the Women. We’re going to build a girls programme so we have a pathway for girls to come through and be Tigers players.

“It’s time for me to move onto something different and try my hand at something new in a new area, give myself another challenge. That is the reason I’m joining Cas, I want to make a difference in what we do, support the coaching team and lead the Women’s team as best I can.”

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Faulkner on England Women role

Following the Rugby League World Cup in 2017, Faulkner became the England Women’s analyst, working with the coaching setup headed up by Craig Richards.

“It’s given me some of the best experiences of my life in rugby league, touring Papua New Guinea and going to France the other mont.

“I’ve really enjoyed working with them. A big part of my decision was how easy it is and what a good group of women the players are to work with. It helped make my decision to come to Cas and support the women’s game this way.

“So, if I can do it from a ground-level up into England, hopefully, we can produce even more England Women’s players coming through at Cas.”

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