"Sale Sharks women deserve the same support as the men"
This might upset some but no they don't.
I'm struggling to understand what's going on and I’m someone who follows rugby. The appetite for supporting woman's rugby in the region is marginal at best (any attendance figures for last year to prove me wrong?) but we now appear to have two different teams both representing the metropolitan area of Sale and presumably competing for the same spectators and sponsors.
I've not followed the full history of the 1861 team but the SS teams seems to be a franchise that appeared overnight. I have no idea if they compete on the same level or what they are in terms of professionalism. I was surprised that season ticket holders weren’t canvassed to assess any crossover interest from the men’s game to the woman’s team, that would seem a logical place to start.
I have a passing interest in women’s sport as a whole but not women’s rugby, it just doesn’t register as something to invest my time in. Six Nations on-line highlights is about my limit. If a 6N match was played in Manchester I’d be tempted to go as a one-off.
I did ask my wife not so long ago about what she thought of the increased media interest/agenda in promoting women’s sport and specifically about a Sale women’s team. She has a casual interest in rugby, (Six Nations, a couple of big Sale games etc…) but wasn’t in the slightest bit bothered about the existence of a Sale women’s team.
I’d register more of an interest if the woman’s sport developed organically and stood on its own feet rather than just being dumped on us with the assumed expectation that folk will be interested because they like a men’s team of the same name that has been around for 100+ years.
Shall I post this? Why not, not much else is going on