The majority of clubs in the Midlands region will be in full swing from this weekend, with the 7th Annual Midlands 9s tournament taking place at University of Coventry, with six sides involved ahead of the 10 team Premier League kicking off next weekend. This will be underpinned by seven teams in the Merit League (Division 2).
The season began at the beginning of March for the Coventry Bears in the National Conference League, whilst Nottingham Outlaws and Leicester Storm began their Conference League South seasons earlier in April.
A number of sides have already taken part in friendlies over the past couple of weeks, with the first "Nottinghamshire Derby" in many years taking place today between Outlaws A and Sherwood Wolf Hunt.
Despite negativity elsewhere on this forum about the state of the game, three new sides will come into existence this season with the Sherwood Wolf Hunt already having made their debut, the Lincolnshire based Boston Buccaneers and Buxton Bulls bringing the county of Derbyshire's RL Club's tally to three.
The game continues to put down roots at youth and junior level, with details of an Under 16s league and a festivals programme for juniors due to be announced soon, with the return of Midlands Origin and the opportunity of an overseas Youth Tour sure to promote Rugby League to a new audience.