Hunslet Hawks can today announce that Lois Forsell has left the Hawks to take up a new role with the Leeds Rugby Foundation. In her new role at the LRF, Lois will explore and expand the current LRF female participation strategy, with schools in the city being specific beneficiaries. This is something that Lois is no stranger to, having played in the recent Women’s World Cup in 2013 were England Women finished in 3rd place. Lois was a Hunslet Hawks Ladies representative before moving onto Bradford to play at the top level and as part of her international career with England, Lois has toured both France and New Zealand.


On her new appointment Lois commented: “It is great to be a part of the Leeds Rugby Foundation as the new Rugby League Development Officer for schools and female participation. Having already worked closely with schools, and being a female participant myself, I understand the importance of both aspects of my role and I am very passionate about helping the LRF to achieve the goals set out in their 3 year development plan.”


“I would like to thank Hunslet Hawks for all their support and I look forward to working with them in the future.”


Neil Hampshire, Chairman of Hunslet Hawks, commented: “We have been proud to work with Lois and help to develop and further her career. This move is right for her and for women and girls rugby across the city and we believe she will be a huge success in the role. We are now working with the LRF to identify a replacement and hope to make a further announcement in the near future.”


This new appointment positively reinforces the LRF’s three Year Development Plan for Leeds in which aims to allow every child in the Leeds area the chance to play rugby league and watch a game involving Hunslet Hawks or Leeds Rhinos.