Momentous day for York! Anfield, Cuthbertson and Windley join Ladies’ Performance Staff

Published: 30 April, 2021 - 10:24 am

York City Knights are pleased to announce a series of appointments benefitting our Ladies team, including that of Lindsay Anfield as Director of Women’s Rugby.

The former England international previously held the role of head coach at Castleford Tigers Women. She led the Tigers to the League Leaders Shield and Women’s Super League Grand Final in 2019, as well as back-to-back Challenge Cup Final appearances.

After five years with Cas, Anfield opted to leave the role earlier this year and has now joined the Knights with an aim of continuing the development of one of the fastest-growing areas of the sport.

Anfield arrives in York with plenty of experience under her belt. As a player, she represented England at a World Cup and as a coach, before building Castleford Tigers Women into the force that they are today.

After dedicating years to the sport, Anfield became the first-ever recipient of the RFL’s President’s award back in 2019 – an award given for her commitment to coaching excellence and working with the next generation of coaches.

What’s more, she is one of a very small number of female coaches in rugby league to have a UKCC Level 3 qualification.

Alongside her new role with York, Lindsay will continue to work as assistant coach with the England Women’s national team as they prepare for the 2021 World Cup.

Upon joining the Knights, Anfield said: “I’m very excited to be joining the York City Knights family during what is a very exciting time for the club and women’s rugby league in general.

“This is a big challenge but also a huge opportunity which I couldn’t turn down. I look forward to working with the club and chairman, Jon Flatman, who has a clear passion and respect for the women’s game.

“I look forward to working with the players in an elite environment and with the full backing of the club. We have tremendous facilities at our disposal and we look forward to competing at the club’s brand-new stadium in the near future.”

Also coming to the club is Callum Windley who worked as assistant coach with Anfield at Castleford Tigers Women.

Windley enjoyed a highly successful career as a player and is also the son of Hull FC legend, Phil Windley.

Upon his appointment, he said: “I am over the moon to be joining York City Knights and linking back up with Lindsay. The club is extremely ambitious and wants to help take the women’s game to the next level. I can’t wait to help with that process.”

Current York City Knights star, Adam Cuthbertson, will also play a part in the development of the women’s team. The former head coach of Leeds Rhinos women and assistant coach of England women will become the new Head of Performance.

When speaking about his appointment, Cuthbertson said: “I’m really excited about the new journey and to be working with Lindsay and Callum.

“Over the years, I’ve seen the potential of the game and I’m looking forward to working as Head of Performance to develop it across York, the North Yorkshire region, and England.

“These are really exciting times for women’s rugby league at the Knights with the new program we’ve got in place which I know has the full backing of the club and Chairman Jon Flatman.”

On the significance of Anfield’s arrival, Cuthbertson added: “To have someone like Lindsay involved is great, and growing the number of female coaches can only be a great thing.”

The newly appointed members of staff will join up with the squad imminently and begin preparations for York’s Betfred Women’s Challenge Cup Quarter-Final clash with Wigan Warriors on the 9th of May.

York City Knights Ladies Performance Staff

Lindsay Anfield – Director of Women’s Rugby League

Adam Cuthbertson – Head of Performance

Callum Windley – Coach

Daryl North – Coach

Kay Rollinson – Ladies’ Club President, Player Welfare Manager & Coach

Liam Waite – Strength and Conditioning

Bianca Nixon – Physio