although only recently put to the tables of SL clubs and the RFL for discussion, there has been recent conversation regarding a merger between Skolars and Broncos.
A merger could take many shapes and from rumblings I hear in London is that the proposed merged club would purchase New River Stadium, gain investment from local government, Sport England, RFL and sponsors to build a budget 12k seater stadium with a view to increase size in the future.
The club will play in the Championship in their own stadium and target to be back in SL by 2015/16.
You heard it here first!
You need to stand back and look at how things have gone over the ten years of London Skolars.
They started as a student old boys club. Then they joined the pro-ranks and came bottom with 430 crowds. Ten years of struggle ended up with them coming 4th. bottom thanks to new struggling CC1 clubs coming in who they could beat and they ended with 525 crowds.
On that crowd growth they will be a Superleague club in 100 years time.
But if they ever hit the Championship, like Hunslet did after being bottom of CC1 they will get a nasty shock as will North Wales Crusaders who people think are now heading back to Superleague. We won 18 of our 20 games in CC1 in 2010. After promotion we won 4 games 2011 and 2 games 2012 with the crowds dropping by a third before the money ran out and we faced closure.
Skolars did have a period of success when someone found money to bring in a lot of overseas players, something everyone likes to condemn on here. This clearly pushed local players out with Skolars ambition ruining their original vision. They put 50 past us on a monday night, but the money ran out, and it was back to struggle.
I love the club and especially the way they soldier on and are a home for our game away from the heartlands, but they need to be a home for ex students to carry on playing the game and a home for developing junior RL, but as a pawn for playing fantasy SL I don't really think so.
Start as many Championship one clubs as you want in London, have them north, south, east, west or wherever but you condemn them to struggle, you condemn them to wasting every penny coming in on paying players, you condemn them to stagnation, and possible collapse chasing short term success if you push them to chase dreams.
What we do need is to use what meagre resources we have to support the amateur game in London, Student RL underpins our game and Skolars would do well to get back to their original vision of ensuring graduates in north London can still keep playing the game. By all means run a vibrant CC1 level club if they can, but run it for the good of the local game. Not into the ground.
No need for any reply as I'll stick with this opinion, no thread locking rows now!!
Edited by The Parksider, 15 June 2013 - 07:46 AM.