The Rugby League Federation Ghana(RLFG) launched the “Pretty Girls Play Rugby League” campaign last week 2nd July 2020 as a means to tackle the stereotyping of sports ladies especially those involved in Rugby League.
According to RLFG Women’s Rugby League Coordinator, Rachel Ankomah, sportswomen have always been tagged with what we call in our local Ga language as “Kankpe”.
“There’s always been this misconception that sportswomen are always not so good looking and are sometimes even tagged as tomboys. This discourages a lot of females from getting involved in sports.” Rachel said
“There are so many females out there who would love to play sports but choose not to do so because of the stereotyping.” She further stated
Rachel further stated that she believes it is about time we deal with the stereotypes and encourage more ladies to participate in sports, especially Rugby League.
“Rugby League is fun and it’s good for everybody, regardless of stature, race or creed. Pretty girls can play Rugby League too,” she added.
The RLFG are in the process of developing Women’s Rugby League in Ghana and they are hoping to have at least 4 female clubs by 2021.
For the meantime, they have a few ladies who are interested in learning and a few who can play, thanks to the recent UG inter halls rugby league.
“Rugby League has come to stay in Ghana and as such we will make sure that our female counterparts also get the edge to play alongside their male counterparts. We will support the women’s committee to ensure female rugby league is a reality” RLFGGeneral Secretary, JafaruAwudu Mustapha, said.
By Leroy Hawkson | talksafrica.com