The view that the RFL have not put any money into London is a little off the mark. At the peak of Sport England funding to the RFL there were 29 fulltime rugby league development people employed in London & the South East who were largely responsible for the creation of a player production line for the benefit of the Super League club and the generation of greater interest in the sport. In financial terms there was probably around £1 million pa being spent on salaries in London. Those development posts could have been allocated elsewhere in the country by the RFL, but were not.
In respect to the RFL funding stadiums I don't know the financial arrangements concerning Odsal stadium. However, a glance at the annual accounts of the RFL will show that while it is a profitable organisation it is not a cash-rich organisation partly because it tends to distribute all it surplus fund to its member clubs. If it was to, say, halve its distribution to clubs there would be some funds available for capital projects but there is little chance of that happening for obvious reasons.
Unless a club has ownership of an existing stadium which can be sold to enable a new stadium to be built there is little prospect of new stadiums arriving unless there is someone who has a big pot of personal money to invest. The other alternative is to try and build a ground from grassroots up - no easy task as the people at Hemel can confirm.
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