Just found this on the BARLA website.
Following a despairing four months of the RFL’s summer experiment which has seen his club’s finances fall way below expectations, Leigh East’s Chairman Phil Johnson has put out a rallying call for a return to winter.
An open letter from the Easts Boss, which highlights lost revenue, fall in attendances and family committments, as just three of the reasons as to why the RFL’s move to summer is failing.
"As chairman of Leigh East I applaud the work Ron and his family have undertaken to keep the league going when we all thought summer rugby was the future and sailed our ships in a new direction.
Now after sampling the first part of the summer season we at Leigh East are strongly in favour of moving back to the winter leagues.
The reasons for this are stacked against the summer leagues, firstly finance our crowds are down which reflects on the bar takings. We have missed out on revenue from weddings, christenings and a major one for us is that the players have a duty as family men to attend weddings, stag parties along with family holidays as well as giving time to their young families.
We all have obligations to our families in order to keep and maintain healthy relationships in our private lives and the usual break in the summer used to give us the time to regenerate our love and passion for the game. I think for the good of the game BARLA & NCL should get together and put egos to one side to prevent our clubs and this great game going into decline.
I am sure this is the case at other clubs, I watched Leigh Miners against Hull Dockers the other week and what would normally be a three hundred crowd plus was a mere one hundred and fifty due to holidays and people spending time with families.
Ladies & Gentlemen we need to sort this and quick or we risk of our clubs futures."
Kind Regards Phil Johnson (Chairman Leigh East)
Edited by Distorted1, 11 July 2012 - 07:39 AM.