12th October 2017, 12:35
CHARLOTTE BOOTH BECOMES FIRST- EVER TASS-SUPPORTED FEMALE RUGBY LEAGUE PLAYER
The Leeds Trinity student played a crucial role in Bradford’s remarkable season and now an England regular having been named in the squad for the trip to the 2017 Rugby League World Cup in Australia.
The Talented Athlete Scholarship Scheme (TASS) is a Sport England-funded partnership between talented athletes, education institutions and national governing bodies of sport to work together to bring the best out of our country's most exciting young talent.
For the first time ever, female players are eligible, and full back Booth is the first female TASS Rugby League player.
The Scheme is open to players in the England programme who play in the Women's Super League and study full time. TASS helps athletes in education to get the very best from their sporting and academic careers without having to choose between the two.
This is the third year of partnership between TASS and the RFL, which has seen over 50 players supported to play professional Rugby League, combined with full time study.
In year one, the North East and Yorkshire will be covered with sporting Hubs to enhance player development. The aim is to establish the same in the North West, Midlands, South East and South West over the next three years.
Support is provided with lifestyle, mental skills, psychology, medical support, and physical conditioning. Players in those areas will be covered by individual awards using the original TASS support method until the Hubs develop.
Rugby Football League National Player Development Manager, Tony Fretwell, said: "Dual Careers is absolutely critical to our sport.
"Every player, regardless of their success, has to engage in another career either concurrently or after playing, in addition to those who do not progress to full time playing careers.
"Supporting player and career development in a collaborative method with TASS is a tremendous asset to our sport and we thank TASS on behalf of the clubs, sport and of course the players who benefit.
"It is especially exciting to welcome Charlotte to the programme and hope she is the first of a growing cohort of elite female dual careers athletes in Rugby League."