Mirfield Stags have announced their intentions to develop a junior section.

Following the success enjoyed by the open age team so far this season, including an unbeaten start to the league campaign and last month’s Yorkshire Cup Final win, the club is eager to lay firmer foundations, while offering playing opportunities to youngsters living locally.

Stags founder and head coach Richard Silverwood said: “It is our intention in the next 12 months to have some junior sides up and running, with a view to starting the 2021 season.

“For us to establish a junior section, various criteria need to be met, including the establishment of a constitution and the formulation of a management committee, consisting of a chairperson, secretary, treasurer and club welfare officer.

“The success of the project would also depend on the input of volunteers, RFL qualified coaches, first aiders and match day managers.

“A team also usually has a team manager in place who looks after the administration and running on a day-to-day basis.

“And all volunteers involved, as well as the club welfare officer, would require an RFL DBS for their role, alongside the appropriate training.

“There’s plenty of work ahead to make sure we have everything in place.”

Silverwood added: “Our colleague at Mirfield Free Grammar Sports Centre, Lee, says our success has got people talking about the team in the school.

“As we continue to plan for the future, and build momentum, I’m hopeful that we can look at facilities like a car park and changing rooms up on the field.”

If you are interested in getting involved in the project or believe you could offer support in a different way, contact Richard Silverwood on mirfieldstags.rs@gmail.com.