Bradford Bulls rugby league club have announced the first ever Bradford Bulls Women’s team, which will be proudly sponsored by Provident.

The Bradford firm, Provident Financial, who are the main sponsor for the Bulls, will also sponsor the Women’s team.

The sponsorship, initially for one year, will see the team wear the same kit as the men, which features the Provident brand. The team will play a number of its games at the Provident Stadium, and will also assist the club with its community outreach programme.

Paul Mitchell, Sponsorship Manager at Provident, said:

“Rugby league is not just for men and boys. It’s a family sport so there is a substantial following of women and girls amongst the Super League and Championship fan base.

“Only the second professional club to have a Women’s team affiliated to it, the Bulls are setting the standard for clubs, both Super League and otherwise, in diversifying engagement and participation in this great sport.

“As a company that is proud to be main sponsor of the Bulls and of our support for the Bulls Community Foundation, Provident is delighted to be part of something that we hope catches on at other clubs.”

“I’m really excited about being a part of the Bradford Bulls family. We are going to see a new input from the club and hopefully we can prosper as a result of that,” said Mark Prescott, Head Coach of Bradford Bulls Women.

“I’m delighted with the opportunity that has been provided by the Bulls and Provident and hopefully it can take us forward as a club.

“We’ve got a very exciting squad and the great thing is that it is growing. We are recruiting from the younger age group now.

“We’ve got a lot of players who have represented England. Five of the team went over to France to represent England last year. Then there are five or six others who have represented England in the past and a few of them have played in World Cups as well.

“There are a few 16 and 17-year-olds in the ranks and we have a wealth of experience within team, especially from the England internationals really helps the younger girls.

“We’ve got a good squad of players and we are hoping we can push on and win a trophy this season.”

Bradford Bulls Chairman, Marc Green said: “We are delighted to become the first full-time professional club to support and endorse Women in rugby league. We hope this will set us on a pathway to the similar success of other female team sports, such as; football, cricket and rugby union.”