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I don't really know too much about this but I believe we originally tried to name the trust something along the lines of 'Batley Bulldogs RFLC Trust' (just an example). Apparently the papers were sent back and we needed to change it.
Batley Boys are a registerd charity as are probably all amateur sports clubs now.
We did look into this around 2-3 years ago but for some reason or another it wasn't allowed I can't remember the specific reason. Maybe professional contracts playing an amateur game?
The oldest age group at the Boys now is the U14s (and also the OA). So it shouldn't be too long for the older crop to start coming through the ranks and it may well be able to spark something off in the coming years.
Well, I guess that the underpinning message behind this statement is that we, as fans, should prepare for the worst. If we can't attract investment, can't attract sponsorship and can't attract crowds, then a long stint at the bottom of Championship 1 is the future.
If the current regime cannot increase the club's income - over nearly 17 years in fact, then no-one can. All hope is lost. This after a Grand Final appearance and a fantastic subsequent marketing campaign which massively increased our visibility yet amazingly failed to capture the imagination of the town during the close season. We couldn't even attract any decent players to the club after one of the most successful seasons in our history. I reckon we've truly found our level.
As fans, we need to be careful not to be too critical. If we are, the only people in the whole world who are capable of running the club might walk away and leave us with no club at all to cheer on against Hemel Hempstead.