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St Albans Centurions Get New Stadium For 2013


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#21 bowes

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Posted 08 December 2012 - 01:25 PM

On current trends though I can see the withdrawal of RFL control lead to the pro clubs running the lower age groups (this only applies outside the heartlands) and then having players play for their community club once they pick the best for their scholarship programme. Possibly even the higher age groups and tier 4 open age leagues would be administered by them.

#22 Exiled Townie

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Posted 08 December 2012 - 09:55 PM

According to the London Junior League meeting last Monday St Albans will only be fielding minis and U12's this coming season. With no first team coach in place there may not be on open age team. The collapse of RFL funding for development people is being felt as much at St Albans as in other parts of the country.


Thats the first I have heard of any of this. I have just been on the phone to our chairman and club secretary (who was at that meeting) to ask if any of this is true. Don't know too much about the juniors as there is a meeting being held on Monday regarding the set up for minis/juniors next season, and as far as there being no open aged team, here's what our chairman had to say " Don't believe all you hear on internet forums. We have just lost a very committed head coach and development officer. What we didn't think we should do is 'panic' and appoint a replacement Coach before we even know what league we'd be in or when our season would start or finish. We're still a little way off from starting pre-season training (although no doubt all would-be first teamers are engaged in gruelling fitness regimes already !!!), and we hope to be able to confirm details of league, opponents, fixtures and coach in plenty of time. If there is a league, we'll be in it."

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#23 Magic XIII

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Posted 10 December 2012 - 12:51 PM

According to the London Junior League meeting last Monday St Albans will only be fielding minis and U12's this coming season. With no first team coach in place there may not be on open age team.

The collapse of RFL funding for development people is being felt as much at St Albans as in other parts of the country.


My recollection of the meeting, no clubs formally advised what junior / youth or minis sides they would run in 2013. All clubs were asked to advise the Management Board with their intentions by 14th December. At this point, the Management Board would review the weighting of each age group and establish the best fit, league structure to competing teams.

Taking on Del Capo point from earlier, a Development Officer should be in place to develop, i.e. get in place junior players, coaches, volunteers. All too often, they end up as the crutch for a club, doing anything and everything except develop. Take St Albans as an example, the club / city had a Development Officer in place for 4 years. At the outset of the role, the club had ad hoc junior teams, a handful of coaches (qualified or otherwise), little (if any) presence in schools and now, 4 years down the road and just a matter of weeks after the DO left his role, there is a suggestion the club are only able to run u12s in 2013.

I am not sure what conclusions to draw from this but it doesn’t make good reading.

Edited by MagicXIII, 10 December 2012 - 12:51 PM.


#24 Jasper

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Posted 14 December 2012 - 12:11 PM

According to the London Junior League meeting last Monday St Albans will only be fielding minis and U12's this coming season. With no first team coach in place there may not be on open age team. The collapse of RFL funding for development people is being felt as much at St Albans as in other parts of the country.

Is it a rugby league thing that when a club announces a bit of good news, it's compulsory for people to come along and paint the worst possible scenario?
According to the St Albans website, the club will be running U6, U7, U9, U11, U13 and trying their damndest to get a U16 up and running as well. They have a senior squad in place and hope to run a development squad as well. Add to that the news that they have their own Rugby League (only) stadium in sight for next year and I think things look pretty good. I'm sure there is 'politics' involved as well, there always is in sporting organisations, but to an outsider they seem to be doing well.

(I have a soft spot for St Albans, I was introduced to rugby league a couple of years ago by having a spare couple of hours visiting relations in St Albans, and whilst the wife was nattering away I just turning up at one of their games, I was made to feel welcome and enjoyed the match. One of their committee even stood beside me and explained the rules. I try and get to two or three of their games each season, even supported their Minis festival, when the entheusiasm of the people involved in running the minis teams was contagious.)

#25 Phil

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Posted 23 December 2012 - 12:31 PM

Is it a rugby league thing that when a club announces a bit of good news, it's compulsory for people to come along and paint the worst possible scenario?





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#26 West Country Eagle

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Posted 01 January 2013 - 07:30 PM

Cheers gents, we are chuffed with this, being in charge of our own ground is another step forward for the club.
The interesting bit for us is ..... "The council, who have proved very supportive to the Cents, have also hinted that if everything goes ok, they would consider putting money into the stadium in the future to upgrade or build facilities".
We know what we have hinted at, and didn't get knocked back, but it would be wrong to announce anything that wasn't a done deal yet, but you can hope. In the meantime, having our own 'stadium' to welcome teams to next year is something we are all looking forward to.


I remember you telling us about this when we were over in St Albans with the Sonics. Great to see it's come off, and I look forward to hopefully following the Sonics there next season in Conference League South :)
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