Friday August 17th 2012 BARLA TO CREATE & IMPLEMENT A YOUTH & JUNIOR LEAGUE IN THE TRADITIONAL SEASON FOR UNDER 13-18’s IN THE NORTH WEST REGION
As a result of extensive feedback received from the community clubs regarding the recent BARLA press release the BARLA board of management have today made contact with Sam Armstrong of the NWC Youth & Junior Leagues and openly asked if the NWC Youth & Junior Leagues intend to offer a solution to those clubs who are currently looking to play rugby league within a traditional season of September to May. Mr Armstrong informed BARLA that the NWC Youth & Junior Leagues had no intention of offering an alternative season and were fully committed to continuing with the existing March to November season.
As a direct result of the stance from the NWC Youth & Junior Leagues the BARLA Board of Management have now made a solid commitment to move forward with the proposal of supporting the creation and implementation of a new Youth & Junior league from U13’s – U18’s in the North West.
BARLA state clearly that they are supportive of the Community Board policy and still endorse a summer based programme, however feel that in line with the four seasons ethos and the feedback received from the Community clubs it is important to provide a structured and original alternative for those clubs at Youth & Junior level within the North West region who feel they have not seen the benefit of playing within the current March – November season.
As such BARLA are fully committed from an administrative and financial perspective to support the proposed new league in delivering a structured league and cup competition format for all its members, whilst also looking through the new league to pilot innovative initiatives that will convey a more proactive stance and allow BARLA to address current issues, both administratively and financially, across the Junior, Youth and Open Age programme.
Conscious of the current economic climate and the effect it is having within the Junior, Youth and Open Age environment BARLA will be looking to assist their regional leagues in various formats and the board of management have also pledged assurances that in association with their regional leagues they are committed in the long term to strengthening and developing productive working relationships.
The board of management vow to work efficiently and effectively with existing partners and endeavour to attract new partners in order to create increasing opportunities that may in the long term have the potential to allow assistance via various financial and administrative formats to be available on a continual basis for all BARLA leagues and member clubs of those leagues.
BARLA will now look to deliver this innovative, constructive and exciting platform for clubs that wish to participate within a more traditional September to May season via a group of experienced administrators in the North West region and will outline the full proposal in more detail to all Youth & Junior clubs.
The Youth & Junior clubs will, through formal written correspondence, be invited to attend a meeting within the North West region prior to the 9th September 2012 to meet with BARLA and discuss the proposal further and present any questions they may have in relation to the opportunity of returning to a traditional season under the administration of a BARLA member league.
BARLA Media Manager
Edited by LordCharles, 17 August 2012 - 01:45 PM.