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Valkyrie to hand first-team debut to Under-19s star Clarke

York Valkyrie are delighted to confirm that Under-19s prospect Chevelle Clarke will make her first-team debut for the Club on Sunday in the Women’s Nines Festival.

Clarke joined the Valkyrie Under-19s following the side’s formation earlier this year and, having impressed for the Club’s youth outfit, has spent the last month training with the first-team.

The 17-year-old centre, who began her career at community club East Leeds, is now set to make her debut for Lindsay Anfield’s side in the Women’s Nines Festival on Sunday, with York facing Barrow Raiders (10.30am), Hull FC (11.20am) and Workington Town (12.10pm) in Group Five.

Valkyrie Director of Rugby, Anfield, who is proudly sponsored by Acomb Travel, said: “Chevelle has been training with the first-team for over a month. She has been a player that we’ve been watching closely for a while as she really stands out in the Under-19s.

“Her commitment is second to none and she’s got a great attitude.

“It’s going to be a great occasion for her to get her first run-out for the Valkyrie.

“It’ll be great to reward her for her efforts and hand her a shirt this weekend.”

Clarke herself said: “It’s amazing to be joining a team that is unbeaten so far this season and I’m just so excited to get going on Sunday.

“I’ve loved things here so far at York - the facilities, the gym, the coaching staff - it’s such a great place to be because there’s not a lot of opportunities for girls to play or train for teams that are so professional.

“A few weeks ago, Lindsay came up to me at the end of an Under-19s training session and asked me to come and train with the first-team. I was so shocked because it was such a good opportunity.

“I guess everyone is a little bit nervous before their first game, but I’ll give it my best!”

York Valkyrie begin the defence of their Women's Nines title at the 2023 Women's Nines Festival at Warrington's Victoria Park on Sunday.

The Valkyrie face Barrow Raiders (10.30am), Hull FC (11.20am) and Workington Town (12.10pm) in Group Five, with entry to the event FREE for spectators.


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