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  1. David GentRugby Football League

  2. Four Seasons Rugby League The move from winter mud to summer grass

  3. Big debate picture

  4. The RFL led the debate but stayed neutral in the debate The debate was and is for the Community Game to have

  5. A season structure for all areas of the game

  6. It’s official: summer football starts next year Summer invasion for kids catches a rather bad coldDaily Mail {Main}, 14 Nov 2011, p62,63, Journalist: Martin Samuel Comment on the Russell Foster Tyne and Wear Youth League which has voted to switch to summer football. Moving to the summer it is hoped will help avoiding poor treacherous, rutted and boggy pitches, often a curse for grassroots sport in the region. The Danish FA have moved!!!!

  7. NCL matches lost to bad weather The weather related postponements can be tracked down as follows: Season                      Matches Lost to Weather 2005/06                                              32 2006/07                                              22 2007/08                                              19 2008/09                                              34 2009/10                                              63 2010/11                            124

  8. Number and percentage participating (at least once a week) in Rugby League – All aged 16 and over

  9. Research RFL Research reports • Rugby League in schools • Participation in Open Age Rugby League report • Play the Game: Why teenage boys begin, continue and stop playing rugby league Youth Sports Trust survey • Resume of research undertaken on physical activity and summer based competition; the acquisition of skill is better and the enjoyment of the activity is greater in the summer

  10. England’s Future

  11. Winter 13-a-side(24,846) Mean average: 18.6 years

  12. Summer 13-a-side(9,552) Mean average: 19.4 years

  13. The case against a move • Just too difficult a task to achieve • The scale of the task is such that the ‘big bang’ approach being taken is just too much at this time for the Game to cope with. • A firm belief that what is here and now is largely right and no change is wanted or needed • What has gone before has served us well. Whilst can always improve just small and incremental policy changes are needed. Individuals say they can find no one in favour of a move. • ‘I will be unduly affected by the move’ • An individual/Club may be supportive or not of the proposals in principle, but a move to a March/November season would cause real problems for that individual/club to play Rugby League.

  14. The Wikipedia Test • English Football League system • English Rugby Union system • English Hockey system • English Cricket system • Then there is the: • The British Rugby League system

  15. The RFL Competition structure Super League ‘professional game’ Championship ‘community game’ Conference League Regional Leagues Winter competition

  16. Definitions:- • Professional means; a player holds an RFL professional contract • Community means; a player does not hold an RFL professional contract • Amateur means; this term is no longer used as a person is just a player.

  17. Competition pyramid structure (Men) Super League 14 Clubs Championship 22 Clubs Conference North - Premier Conference South - Premier Conference North 1 Conference South 1 Conference North 2 Conference South 2 Conference NW Conference NE London and South East Regional South West Regional East Regional Cumbria Regional North West Regional Yorkshire Regional North East Regional Midlands Regional

  18. Broad survey results • I would like to be a part of this new structure – 79% in favour • I can see the benefits of being a part of this new structure – 79% in favour • I agree that the new structure will provide suitable playing opportunities for all players. – 83% in favour

  19. Split of teams across tiers 1 to 4

  20. Clashing commitments Match officials Playing schedules Best fit for all Finance administration pitches volunteers

  21. An integrated Calendar across the 4 tiers Focussing on key events for all

  22. League Management systems

  23. Finance Leeds Met Research

  24. Competition Pyramid Management Groups Conference– Level 3 • Men’s • Youth (16 to 18 boys) Regional – Level 4 • Men’s • Women’s • Girls (12 to18) • Youth (16 to 18 boys) • Juniors (12 to 15 boys) • Primary League (5 to 11 girls and boys) • Wheelchair

  25. Transition 2011 – Get those across who want to and largely keep to the existing structures 2012 – Amend all leagues to 12, cross over conference games, balance the pyramid, review 2013 – Review and ensured linked properly across the whole pyramid 2014 – Full structure in place, new cycle of competition (licence period) and all levels (1 to 4) operating to a three year cycle

  26. An evolving process

  27. The RFL facility approach • RFL Facilities Trust • RFL Playing Surfaces Group • The RFL Community Facility Strategy

  28. The RFL Facilities Trust • Independent trust • Professional & Community game • RFL money • Sport England money • Technical Standards and Guidance •

  29. RFL Playing Surfaces Group

  30. RFL Community Facility Strategy

  31. Purpose • Participant and Competition led Not • Facility led • Affordable and realistic • Benefit many clubs not a few • Make a significant and visible difference • Drive participation

  32. RFL Facility Community Strategy • Very poor state of facilities compared to other sports • Lack of funding opportunities • Lack of any real paid or volunteer workforce to manage facilities

  33. RFL Facility Community Strategy • The whole stock generally could do with just a good clean and tidy • Clubs don’t understand what they own or don’t • There are some very good and well managed facilities

  34. Poor quality pitches

  35. Poor quality ancillary facilities

  36. Poor quality built facilities

  37. RFL Facility Community Strategy • Key priorities • Pitch remediation and associated maintenance • Floodlights • Basic facility improvement e.g. boiler improvement • Securing leases • Train and sustain a volunteer workforce • Developing clubs to be ‘social enterprises’ • Avoid large capital community club investments

  38. A poor mix of facilities

  39. RFL Facility Community Strategy • Other issues • Develop management agreements with other providers • There is not a shortage in actual supply but there is in access to the supply. • RFL should manage the playing field stock at a Local Authority level not by a club by club approach • ‘Asset transfer’ Clean, safe, dry and playable

  40. Investment • Pitch remediation with appropriate floodlighting • Equipment to maintain pitches • Volunteer workforce to manage pitches • Small grants to improve facilities • Sort the ownership/leases out of clubs • Target Tier 3 clubs as greatest participation gains there

  41. KEY MESSAGES • A massive OPPORTUNITY for the game • Allows ALIGNMENT across the game • Club, Coach and PLAYER CENTERED