Sorry IO I may have looked at the websites before they were fully updated.
Concerning Peterlee it was their NCL team I was talking about and can only go by the NCL website, no game next week because of magic, the week after no game, then the cup, they have no game till 7th June.
Looking at their website their 15s have merged with their 16s due to lack of teams to play against our 16s playing 5 games in 3 months also in the YJ and Hull junior leagues teams have folded with no replacements if you are happy with this lets carry on.
You say 30 fixtures yesterday outside of the heartlands well after 30+ years of expansion not a great return especially when 9 fixtures in the NWC league were postponed some of these NCL club A teams and other fixtures in the YML not taking place, some NCL clubs have travelled with less than 17 players and 2 have pulled out of the league already, this is the flagship competition in the amateur game.
Winter was on a steady decline we all accept that, the great messiah was summer why are we not getting players flocking to the game and clubs sprouting up all over don't tell me it takes time as the expansion areas in the main have only ever played summer, I think we were told "you will have that many players you will not know what to do with them"
David Gent said there will be casualties but I don't even think he thought more off than on, except for the select band of clubs it all appears to not be working. My son played touch, school, college, u18s and A team all in a calendar year in terms of participation is that 1 tick in the box or 5, we appear to be using the same players all year round as he will now be playing in the YM entry league where every player in the team has played either under 18s or A team rugby in the winter.
The RFL are tinkering with the 6-7-8 part of the mini mod an area according to their own review that has the greatest amount of teams when all added together and the best retention rate, to me it is the teenage years that needs to be looked at, I suppose we could introduce small sided games and tag rugby for these age groups at least the lads may start enjoying the game.
My boss used to say silence is acceptance so have the RFL accepted this is as good as it gets or as my original question was
" It is not in the RFL's interest to let the OA game disintegrate so what are they doing about the steady decline in OA rugby??
Edited by Defender1, 11 May 2014 - 02:58 PM.