In normal circumstances the RFL should be running the whole game - I don't think there's any question that there should be a single NGB. However history has left rugby league in a position where the NGB is not trusted to run the game at grass roots. Very sad.
It's just they're going to kill the game by having the clubs fund a development department, why even have a development department? Not to go all Monty Python but what have they ever done for us?
If any club (or small set of nearby clubs) could raise money themselves without being subsidised, they'd be better off paying for their own personnel part-time than funding someone centrally. That's basically what the North Derbys Chargers are doing.
Don't see any problem with accepting sponsorship from Ladbrokes but didnt the R.F.L accept the Stobart deal because they didn't want to go with a gambling sponsor who was going to actually put money into the game?
No, I repeat for the thousandth time "didnt the Super League clubs accept the Stobart deal"
If football can bombard us with Ray Winstone's disembodied head demanding that we "bet in play" then I think we can live with Ladbrokes. It's better than nobody, and probably more lucrative than Carnegie.
The Chargers have taken a decision to focus on junior development rather than focusing on their Open Age setup - which looks like a strategy of other Midlands clubs after the collapse of the funding for development in the region. I think it's the right decision, but who knows? Long term strategic thinking doesn't sit well in rugby league.
NORTH DERBYSHIRE CHARGERS INTRODUCE ELITE YOUTH TRAINING SQUAD FOR 2015
The North Derbyshire Chargers RLFC will be introducing a new player development package this
season for players with ambitions of progressing into a careers as a professional or semi
professional Rugby League player. Modelled on the existing Scholarship and Academy
programmes offered by professional clubs, the new ‘Chargers Academy’ programme will see the
club teaming up with ex Scotland international and Sheffield Eagles Captain, Jack Howieson, and
his team at the @TheAcademy gym in Sheffield.
The ‘Chargers Academy’ offers a personal support package for each player including nutritional &
dietary support, position relevant skills development, bespoke supervised gym sessions to ensure
appropriate physical development and access to an online player tracking system developed by
local IT company, 2and7 Limited, for the professional game.
Ged Connolly-Thompson, Chairman of the North Derbyshire Chargers, said: “This is an important
development in the growth of Rugby League and player development around North Derbyshire and
the surrounding area. The club is fortunate to have attracted a number of talented players across
all squads and it is important that their development and ambition is supported, whilst also
continuing to provide training and playing opportunities for all.”
The ‘Chargers Academy’ programme is limited to 20 players who will be selected from the 2015
Under 16 and Under 18 squads. The club is holding two sign-up/registration days at their Warsop
Vale site on January 7th & 10th where players will be able to sign up for the season ahead and
learn more about the club’s plans for 2015 and 2016.
For more information, please check out the club’s web site at http://www.chargersrl.co.uk
• The North Derbyshire Chargers are a community rugby league club based in Chesterfield, but
attracting players from across Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, South Yorkshire and as far as
Tamworth in the West Midlands;
• The club has recently opened a new satellite centre at Warsop Vale in North Nottinghamshire
which will be the training ground for the Under 12 and Under 14 squads,
• The club operates two franchises for Play Touch Rugby League in the area, a non-contact
version of the sport suitable for anyone over the age of 14.
This year - Half Marathon PB, longest ever run (30K), 5 mile PB and most miles run in a year. parkrun PB as well as passing 50 parkruns. I got course bests at Dronfield 10K, Clowne Half and Worksop Half.
Next year I am running at least one marathon and hope to run 1000 miles in total and beat my 10 mile, 10K, 5 mile and 5K PBs
Typical ref tim. Too soft to play the game and revelling in superiority and self importance.
I played prob 200 open age games and never seen any ref intimidation never mind assault
I've seen a lot of amateur games and seen plenty of intimidation - perhaps you don't notice it when you have the attitude you've got. Not just poor refs either - really good ones who are respected at most clubs have copped it at some point. Thankfully it doesn't turn into assault very often.
Not just been a ref either - I have run a club where we only ever had one player cautioned or sent off for dissent. And we didn't back him up when he wanted to appeal the 5 game ban.
I often wonder why on earth people who give up their time in this way put up with it.
There was once an article in TGG magazine about racism in amateur Rugby League…what it described was absolutely ghastly.
I reffed all over the country and only encountered racism one time on the pitch or in changing rooms. It was a schools game and a player suddenly lashed out and punched another - I had to dismiss him but he reported use of a racist term that he took exception too. I hadn't heard it, but reported it to the teacher who removed the player from the game.
Referees must be protected, no matter how poor they may be perceived to be. This has to start with the club ethos, then the coaches and the players will fall into line. Sadly too many clubs have an anti-ref agenda inbuilt in their DNA and it just perpetuates.