Without expansion the game is doomed to languish in the periphery. Without a national presence we will get less media, less sponsorship, less interest, less government funding. Without Sky the game would of gone bust.
When we got in trouble with the tax man, fans were asking what action the RFL would take to audit clubs accounts, stop clubs spending HMG's money on players, etc. The RFL are now doing this and the fans are up in arms about them interfering. In many areas the RFL can't win.
Expansion is needed to counteract the drop off in players/fans in the heartlands. Less kids do sport, less adults play weekend sports (in every sport the levels have dropped, nationally), we need a national presence to keep participation up and to increase the talent pool.
Expansion is needed (along with a real international scene) to keep the media and the general sports fan interested. Catalans need to be built on and strong France helps the game in so many ways.
Crusaders have been a pain, mainly due to the actions of the chairman but the so called traditional clubs can't stand on to higher ground with this respect, how many heartland clubs have been screwed by a chairman? Our greenhouse has very few windows left.
Dear Rugby League Supporter ,
Now as we have the 2010 season behind us, we are looking forward the new and exciting developments for the 2011 season!
We have seen the complete restructure of coaching staff and stronger players injected into a new look Catalans Dragons outfit, which we believe we can obtain a top 8 spot in next years semi finals series. New head coach Trent Robinson ex Parramatta and Sydney Roosters player and assistant coach to Brian Smith at the Sydney Roosters for the 2010 season, where they have gone from wooden spooners to Grand Finalists, we have complete confidence in Trent to bring new young vibrant energy to the club. Trent over the past 2 months has been building his playing staff and signing players such as Steven Menzies, Ian Henderson, Lopini Paea, Ben Farrar and so on whom he believes will bring maturity experience and a very high level of professionalism to the club.
With all these exciting new developments within the coaching and playing staff , we will also see the all new refurbished stands , Merchandise shop, cafeteria and hospitality boxes built into our home ground Gilbert Brutus stadium. Bring on 2011.
We have listened to your feedback over the past few seasons, and have attempted to improve the total experience we offer, and for next season we are delighted to announce that all clients travelling with CFW will be able to choose from Perpignan City Centre Hotels, Montpellier WIGAN ON THE ROAD match and also NEW for 2011, we will have an option of staying in Spain and travelling up to Perpignan on match day( Spring and Summer fixtures only). We are also able to offer extended stays on whatever package you choose, and you may well be interested in a Wine tour , playing golf or taking a hot air balloon flight in the Pyrenees?
To add to the experience, we will also include visits to places of interest; on the French trip we will offer a trip to the beautiful town of Collioure , and for the Spain trip we will offer a trip to the amazing City of Barcelona.
This will be our Sixth consecutive season arranging tours to Southern France, and again we will be working with CFW, the OFFICIAL partner of the Catalans Dragons club to ensure you are looked after from the moment you arrive and throughout the duration of your stay. With guaranteed match tickets, transfers to and from the stadium, centrally located or beach location hotels and entry to our exclusive Friday night experience (France trip only) where you can watch the UK Super league game whilst mixing and socialising with the locals !
An example of the itineraries we are able to offer are as follows
FRENCH STANDARD PACKAGE
Return Flights from a Local Airport
Airport & Match transfers
2 or 3 nights B&B in Ibis City Centre Hotel
Day trip to Collioure
Price from £ 299 pp
Option to upgrade to Mercure Hotel for £ 10 per night
SPANISH STANDARD PACKAGE
Return flights from a local airport
Airport and match transfers
3 nights in a 4 star hotel in Lloret de Mar B& B
Day trip to Barcelona
Price from £ 340 pp
Upgrade to Half Board for only £ 6 per person per day
WIGAN ON THE ROAD TOUR STANDARD PACKAGE
Return Flights MANCHESTER WITH BMIBABY
Airport & Match transfers
2 nights B&B 4 STAR HOLIDAY INN WITH POOL AND BAR
PRICE FROM! £ 375 pp LIMITED SEATS AVAILABLE
So if you are interested in watching your team take on the Catalans Dragons in 2011 please call us now on 01925 589008. Or email firstname.lastname@example.org
CFW Travel is an ATOL bonded company by the CAA, which offers you the supporter a piece of mind when booking via us !.
ALL NEW TRANSFER SERVICES
1, BARCELONA - COSTA BRAVA AIRPORT & MATCH TRANSFER SERVICE
2, WIGAN ON THE ROAD - AIRPORTS SUCH AS NIMES, CARCASSONNE & MONTPELLIER.
3, MONTPELLIER MATCH TRANSFERS SERVICE
ALL THIS AT http://www.catalansporttours.com
Yours in Sport
Catalan Sport Tours