Posted 28 August 2013 - 08:55 PM
I've kept away from the summer league debate but I feel its time to put in my own view of things.
Here in Cumbria we launched a new league this summer including teams from Barrow area for the first time. My club was the only club to vote to stay in winter but we went with the flow as if was hobsons choice. We fully embraced the concept and at giving it our best. At the start of the season the league went well but as the summer holidays have kicked in teams have been travelling with less than 17 players and that's first teams not A teams. A major name BRoughton red Rose folded last year and now another big name is rumoured to be on the precipice. As a coach of a few years now In have never seen such a lack of commitment from players at my ownclub due to festivals holidays weddings etc especially in the school holiday period even from the younger players.The standard of games is dropping due to the lack of consistency in team selection right across the board. A number of senior players have retired due to family commitments during the summer. People may point to good numbers registered but there are less numbers playing on weekends. The major advantage is that we have better training conditions but we have inconsistent numbers and we have pde season in the depths of winter. We are also down on revenue and will struggle in winter. Another minus is many players are builders and midweek during summer are working long nights.
On a personal level I am involved in many aspects of the game and for the first time I can remember I am sick of rugby this year and am considering a break away from the game I love, which, for those who know me, is a big shock. In short In think summer will be the eventual ruin of amateur rugby league and the change is a way for the RFL to implement a copy of the Aussie pyramid sfructure to save the pro clubs money.
Before the small minded ask who I support etc Barla /RFL I am a Barla coach and have been an RFL coach but my allegiances lie with whoever will run our game successfully, I have played and coached since age 8 that's 32 years! and the game has given me far more than I can ever give back but all the back biting politics etc has sickened me and many others in my area to the point of quitting. Having discussed this with many of my peers a lot are feeling that summer rugby is not the way forward and we are just pawns for the pro clubs to play with.
Coach, Glasson Rangers Arlfc
Cumbria under 17's head coach
Barla emerging lions assistant coaxh
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