Just a few thoughts...
When will the Broncos be considered a heartland team and be on a par with everybody else.?
I suppose when London is considered part of the rugby league heartlands. What is the population of London these days? 8 million? I think I worked out once that the combined population of the northern local authorities that make up the traditionally recognised RL heartlands - M62-land and Cumbria - was just over 5 million. So, how about London qualifies as a heartland areas when it has numerous pro clubs and a couple of dozen part-time clubs (with, say, half a dozen well-structured amateur clubs in each borough). Plus the associated strength in terms of coaching, volunteers, spectator support, local news coverage, etc.
Or, to aim a little lower, could we accept London as being a heartland when it reaches the strength in the south of France?
The amateur game in London is strong and well established?
Is it? I've always thought it was pretty fragile to be honest, especially when two of what were considered to be among its strongest clubs - South London Storm and West London Sharks(?) - collapsed.
The Bronocs have been around for the said 30 years. How long are they going to take to be self sustaining.?
That really depends on building the wider RL community in London that is able to sustain it.
It is interesting that you lump the M62 heartlands together with the Cumbrian heartlands to better suit your argument. If you consider that Cumbria is far removed from the M62 and is a seperate heartland in it's own right, and then compare it with London, what do you get.
Three part time clubs as against London's two part time clubs and one SL club.
Both areas have a thriving amateur game. Despite the demise of South London and West London ( by the way havn't they both reformed as a joint entity), there are numerous amateur, junior and even some college teams and prison teams in London.
So I think that London is as much a heartland team as is Cumbria and no one is helping them out by special funding and preferential treatment.
How long is long enough. i think Brancos have been a relatively stable club for several years which is more than can be said for Whitehaven and Barrow both of whom have gone bankrupt recently.
Also both Haven and Town are post WW11 clubs. No hundred year history there. it's time the Broncos stood on their own two feet. i wish them well but they have no more divine right to assistance than many of the other RL areas. What assitance are the two Welsh clubs receiving. isn't Wales considered crucial in the pursuit of RL expansion.
London are not so much more deserving just because it is the capital.
Oh and, by the way, London dwarfs Cumbria in terms of population.