1. The Rugby League World Cup
- Tournaments penciled in for 2017 (SH), 2021 (NH) and 2025 (SH). Acceptance of the fact that Australia and England are the only realistic host nations at this time, but that fixtures are encouraged to be played in other adjacent countries. Aspiration for a return to a 16 team event from 2017.
2. Other internationals
- A calendar penciled in until RLWC 2025
- Four nations - bi-annual international series (2014, 16, 18, 20, 22, 24); ambition to expand to five/six nations; opportunity for all 6 nations to host a mini-tournament.
- Test series; It's a cliche, but bring back tours every four years. Not just for GB, but for other nations too. Get it in a cycle like the RU Lions. GB will only, likely, play Australia in a series once every 12 years or so. It becomes an event. 2015 - GB to Aus; Fra to NZ; Pacific Cup for PNG, Samoa etc. 2019 - GB to NZ; PNG to Fra, Aus to Pacific Islands etc.
- Commonwealth Youth Games - Recognised as the U18s flagship competition 2015 Samoa; 2017 St Lucia; 2021 Brunei; 2025 Zambia
- Put major events out to tender
1. Investment in high quality youth competition across the pro game in a youth age banding (U18-U21 range). Equal funding available to all clubs awarded by application process to a licenced National Academy league structure.
2. Increase the England, Home Nations and Ireland talent pools. Support to the FFR13 to build the French talent pool
3. Meaningful international calendar (above)
4. Origin at youth level (based on county divisions)
1. Focus on Sport England's 14-25 priority age bands; make strong areas stronger at 13s
2. Develop an ambitious satellite clubs programme that acts as a tool to develop the game in emerging districts and "challenging" heartlands areas. Think outside the box. Why not launch 6 v 6 as a tool for expansion at yr 7 upwards?
3. Push for reform of Sport England's Active People Survey, the current measurement system that is widely thought of as flawed. Work in partnership with other sports to achieve this and raise the credibility of RL as a sport that can bargain at the top table
4. Go back to Sport England in 2015 for an increase in investment based upon successes in the first two years of the cycle.
5. Work with other partners, such as StreetGames and Youth Sport Trust to get RL played in schools and as a doorstep sport
6. Invest in Student RL - not just via BUCS teams, but into the Old Boys network.
7. Invest in Her Rugby League
8. Develop a leadership academy programme for young people at 14-16 linked with schools and clubs
9. Work with College SportMakers to run a leadership academy in FE. Deploy such leaders in running grassroots activities at younger age groups, building local and club capacity
1. New overseas quota rule applied to SL and Championship clubs to give parity and increase chances of an upset (nb. is this legal?)
1. Tiered structure of central funding that rewards clubs that are prepared to help the RFL achieve it's Sport England and international objectives (eg. youth, community etc.)
2. SL remains as a "European" licensed competition, but with greater transparency with regard to P&R and minimum standards
3. Standards driven Championships
4. Standards driven conferences
5. Ringfenced central funding for marketing and commercial posts in clubs (in line with minimum standards)
6. Introduction of a "European Cup" for highest ranked English (4 places), French (3 places) and Welsh sides (1 place) outside Super League
1. Move the RFL to Media City
2. Maintain a media/commercial presence in London
1. Treat London Broncos like any other - if they don't get in by application, they're in the Championship.
2. Centrally fund youth rugby league at the top level in London to feed the London/southern pro game
HOME NATIONS AND IRELAND
1. RFL to fund the operational costs of the Home Nations and Ireland, and act as an arms-length benefactor, whilst helping them to nurture their relationship withe their respective national sports councils.
2. Assist with growth of the international game in the Home Nations and Ireland