RichardJ

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  1. The problems that most clubs seem to be having is not so much a winter/summer issue, its more a change in peoples social habits and how they perceive sport in general. The majority of players these days do not see the sport as a be-all and end-all to what they do. Many players see sport as something they do but not something they want to do every weekend. There are a myriad of other things that people can do on a Saturday from playing sport to watching live events on Sky (including RL when the pro game clashes with the community game), going abroad for stag do's and cheap weekends, going to the many music festivals, visiting family around the country, weekends away etc etc not to mention injuries!! There are so many competing things to do and many players will slot rugby in around all of these things (that is not a criticism, its just a reality) but will not always make it a priority. The result is teams these days need a much bigger squad of players to fulfill a full season of fixtures and those do not will struggle to complete the full season. At my club, Nottingham Outlaws I see this pattern on a regular basis. After 4 league games this season we have used 33 players and only 4 have played in every game. I do not think this phenomenon is limited to rugby league, I hear the same story locally from rugby union and football teams.
  2. Congratulations to Nottingham Outlaws player coach George Strachan who made his 200th club appearance for the Outlaws on Saturday. Took home the man of the match bubbly too, rounding off a great day for a great club servant. You can read all about George here: http://www.nottinghamrl.co.uk/2017/04/03/strachan-hits-double-century/ Just wondered how his appearance stats compare to other community players across the leagues? I expect most clubs have 1 or 2 players who seem to have been around for ever!
  3. Nottingham Outlaws travel up the M1 on Saturday when they play their first league match of the 2017 campaign as new entrants in the Yorkshire Rugby League Premier Division. Read all about it on the Outlaws website here. http://www.nottinghamrl.co.uk/2017/03/26/outlaws-head-north-for-new-campaign/
  4. Great win for the Outlaws in an absorbing contest on Saturday, played in absolutely atrocious conditions. Both sides played some great rugby despite the incessant rain. The series now stands at 4 wins each since the concept started back in 2010. Match report here http://www.nottinghamrl.co.uk/2017/03/19/outlaws-22-royal-artillery-16/
  5. Thanks for the kind words everyone The Awards for All Lottery Fund grant was for £10,000 and underwrites a 12 month development project run by the Outlaws. We were encouraged to apply for the grant by the RFL who also engaged an external consultancy to help us write the proposal. The consultants were excellent, they took our initial outline and put all of the right words in the right places to tick the boxes and make sure that the application had the highest chance of success. We were delighted upon hearing that the application was successful The Outlaws have teamed up with the rugby league clubs in both of the Nottingham Universities who between them provide the bulk of the new coaches who will go into the schools. (thanks to the strong links the Outlaws already have with both institutions, both of which are coached by current Outlaws coaches) A big chunk of the grant will be used to run the junior rugby league initiative but some will also be used to strengthen and grow the Outlaws touch rugby section which is highly successful and is one of the fastest growing sections of the club
  6. Nottingham Outlaws launched their biggest ever junior development programme this week in a quest to grow and strengthen the game of rugby league in Nottingham. The first visible outcome of the new initiative was to see fewer than 13 new coaches successfully complete their Level 2 coaching course in Nottingham last week. Read all about the clubs ambitious plans here http://www.nottinghamrl.co.uk/article.php?article_id=517
  7. Nottingham Outlaws have drawn a plum tie away to crack Cumbrian outfit Kells RLFC in the first round of the 2016 Ladbrokes Challenge Cup. Read all about their reaction to the draw here.. http://www.nottingha...?article_id=512
  8. Nottingham Outlaws have drawn a plum tie away to crack Cumbrian outfit Kells RLFC in the first round of the 2016 Ladbrokes Challenge Cup. Read all about their reaction to the draw here.. http://www.nottinghamrl.co.uk/article.php?article_id=512
  9. Quite interested to hear that RL is alive at student level in York. Back in 1979 when I went to York I was promptly told at the AU Fair that "we do not play that sort of rugby here at York" Later that year there was some minor/drunken vandalism on the campus (broken tree saplings) that occurred during the annual "War of the Roses" sporting event when teams from York Uni and Lancaster Uni from all sports played against each other. That week the main headline in local sports mag on campus stated that the vandalism was caused by players of Lancaster University Rugby League Club (who apparently had travelled to York even though they did not have a team to play against.....) Such was the antipathy to RL in York Uni back then!
  10. Nottingham Outlaws celebrated their recent National Conference League South Championship win by popping round to the Council House in Nottingham for tea and cakes with the Lady Mayoress http://www.nottingha...?article_id=507
  11. Nottingham Outlaws celebrated their recent National Conference League South Championship win by popping round to the Council House in Nottingham for tea and cakes with the Lady Mayoress http://www.nottinghamrl.co.uk/article.php?article_id=507
  12. Conference League South is already running a March to September season. One of the main reasons for establishing the league was to give clubs with a dedicated squad of RL players a meaningful season. Hopefully the addition of teams of new teams like Chargers will improve further what is already an excellent league to play in. Yes some players will be put off by the travel but in reality whether you are travelling 30-50 miles or 100-150 miles you are still looking at giving up most of Saturday to play your games. Another big advantage for the longer season s that it allows the clubs to have plenty of "gap weekends" which is essential for teams who want to play at this level.
  13. The issue is that they do not carry water, they are on-field coaches and they constantly communicate with the players on attack and defence. They started coming onto the field straight from the kick off both halfs. Surely professional athletes do not need a continual supply of water from 30 seconds into the game on a wet November afternoon?
  14. It was certainly annoying and detracted from the viewing to an extent as far as I was concerned. It was blatant on-field coaching and no other sport would allow this. The Kiwi coach in the yellow shirt was stood behind both the attacking and defensive line for probably 60 of the 80 minutes played. Needs sorting
  15. For anyone interested in rugby league history from outside the heartlands, Nottingham Outlaws have just published a 30th anniversary brochure recording some of the highs and lows of rugby league in the city. Forward to the brochure is written by Ray French. Packed with photos, the brochure includes stories from the Australian tourists match at Meadow Lane in 1912 through to the current Outlaws team. Quite a bit about the rise and fall of Nottingham City and former amateur sides such as Nottingham Crusaders and the student scene too. Costs £10 plus £5 postage and packing and can be purchased on-line here http://www.nottingha...t30commemo.html All proceeds go towards Project 30, building a permanent home for rugby league in Nottingham.