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Women in Rugby League

A Rugby League SMART Gallery sharing stories of women in rugby league

Women in Rugby League 1950 to present day, is inspired by Ref! a play, written by Sarah Jane Dickenson, about Hull born Julia Lee who became the first woman to referee a men’s rugby match of any code in 1991.

The participants co-curate an exhibition of memories and artefacts, collected through workshops and hosted on this Rugby League SMART (Social Museum and Art) Gallery website allowing the stories and histories to be shared.

Ref; Crossing the Line is a collaborative project involving Julia Lee’s social enterprise, Commonsense Initiative, Helen Peyton, Founder and Artist in resident for Smart Gallery, Space2 an Arts and Social Change Charity and play write and Academic Dr Sarah Jane Dickenson.

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Christine Wilson
When I was a student nurse in Wakefield, my bedsit overlooked the College Grove ground,…
Jess Hayburn
The story of my placement at the Featherstone Rovers Foundation · My first session was…
Amanda Courtman
Amanda Courtman, Rovers Tots Project Leader On a warm Sunday afternoon, in June 2013, my…
Brenda Hickin
Tales of rugby league Coming from a small town in east Yorkshire it was all…
Pauline Nicholson
Batley Bulldogs November 24th 1950 was a good day for my dad as I was…
Caroline Robinson
My earliest memory is coming here... I remember looking up and seeing lots of bottoms,…
Sandra Merrick
Sandra Merrick, Sandra started going to matches at Featherstone Rovers at 16 with friends first…
Pamela Grinhaff
Miss Huddersfield 1973 Pamela Grinhaff Me and my twin sister Patricia started watching at St…
Lorna Harris
I didn't really get introduced to Rugby League, it just happened. Rugby boots arrived into…
Janet Virr
Janet Virr We used to live across the valley from the Batley Bulldogs ground up…
Sandra Brown
Rugby League Tales As a youngster, in the late forties my brother and I used…
Kate Bellamy
Kate started playing at 15 for the Sheffield Women's Team 1996 for 3 years. The…
Joan Cartwright
Joan Carwright Memories of Featherstone Rovers The first thought that comes to mind is the…
Gwen Whiteley
Gwen started coming to Mount Pleasant with her Mum when she was just 4 years…
Judy Williamson
The first time I visited Post Office Road (as it was then) was 1988. My…
Sandra Turner
Sandra Turner My first game was 1983 at Wembley, Featherstone Rovers against Hull. My husband,…
Minnie Cotton
‘Mrs Minnie Cotton is escorted from the pitch during the 1966 Challenge Cup semi-final between…
Julia Lee
In 2017 set up my own business Commonsense Initiative. I retrained as a life coach,…
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