Melbourne Rebels Super W players will receive payment for the upcoming 2022 season in a first for the Super W competition, after the initiative was launched at the team’s 2021 Awards Night where a significant amount of money was raised by the rugby community.
The payment initiative, a first in the Super W competition, is part of a broader raft of changes that will see the team officially move under the Rebels banner, after their initial founding through Rugby Victoria.
The move will see the team have full access to the Club’s revamped AAMI Park high-performance facilities, exciting double-header clashes across the 2022 Super Rugby Pacific season, and see the team come under the leadership of GM of Rugby, Nick Stiles.
There will also be a dual training session held on December 4th, where both men’s and women’s teams will train together for the first time.
Melbourne Rebels CEO, Baden Stephenson, said the payment initiative was a crucial first step towards professionalism and is calling on the rugby community to help contribute.
“Our Super W team are such an important part of our Club, they are trailblazers in our community and we have seen so much growth in the women’s game here in Victoria. The team has so much energy, a powerful identity and it is time that they are given the appropriate level of support”
Super W Head Coach, Alana Thomas, applauded the Club’s decision to align both the men’s and women’s programs, and provide unprecedented financial support for all its Super W players.
“Melbourne is the sporting capital of Australia, and it is great to see that once again, we are leading the way. Despite our Super W program growing each year, being travelling nomads from venue to venue has led to players being unavailable. To see this great commitment made, that the Rebels wants our players moving into being professional, it’s massive for us,” said Thomas.
“What this will mean is players can train and play without the burden of missing shifts at work or taking leave without pay to travel and play games. I look at what we have built to now and know this will be a game changer for our team.
“We have come under the Rebels Performance in 2022 and with the new gym facilities being built and the support we have received, the addition of moving to professionalism means we will be well positioned moving into the future.”