Once there was a considerable summer switch, the RFL no longer needed the development officers
Nothing to do with playing season they just unfortunately coincided. It is to do with the Sport England cuts that are based on decreased participation over the last few years of winter, which meant the RFL could no longer afford them. The game outside the heartlands' decline is exclusively down to the removal of development officers (as there's no season switch to factor in).
Summer hasn't expanded the game but the vast majority of clubs switching back to winter have been wiped out by it, so a return to winter would be the final nail in the coffin rather than a solution. The game needs to consolidate its resources into one governing body and one playing season and consolidate struggling clubs into fewer, much stronger clubs
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