we are many years behind the other clubs in super league (dragons apart) in the development of home grown talent as when we were in the championships many talented local youngsters such as mark percival signed for our neighbours.
.... because Widnes showed no interest in him. That had nothing to do with the division. Widnes also had Danny Richardson - now at Saints - on the books but treated him so badly he felt he had no option but to go elsewhere. He didn't want to, he wanted to play for his hometown club and the club his dad played for. Who knows how many more there have been?
I don't care what the RFL ratings say, Widnes Academy is not a good one.
At some point in the day take yourselves off for a break, just you two, so you can Kiss without someone prompting you to and smile at each other with genuine smiles and not because a photographer has told you to!
The scary thing is that both sides have the best interests of the child and game at heart, one approaching it completely from the view of not pushing competitiveness at too young an age (U7 does sound very young for full contact tackles) and the other from producing an entertaining, attractive (to kids and parents) and skillful game from a young age.
The thing that needs to be remembered though is that if you walk away from the national governing body, especially over child safeguarding, then you set yourself up for a huge and probably unmanageable risk. No-one will cover your back if something goes wrong but you will find a lot of former "friends" willing to point fingers.
It might sound young but don't forget it's 7 year olds being tackled by other 7 year olds. It not like they are being pitted against older kids. And as has been said, refs call held quickly and you don't see the wrestle that you get in the older age groups.