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  1. I'm not saying they should actually encourage it. I'm suggesting that instead of everyone saying the game is dying they should tell everyone how sought after our players are in comparison to other sports and encourage people to watch the game of RL due to the high calibre of athletes on show
  2. I've been thinking the same thing. Rugby League should put a positive spin on code changing rather than all the negativity. They could tell everyone who wants to listen how sought after our athletes are and use this to attract viewers and spectators as well as encouraging kids to take up the sport as they can become ' the complete athlete'
  3. I think if any such system was to work clubs would have to be based on a Catalan Dragons type model where the local clubs still exist as semi professional outfits below the regional team. It wouldn't be mergers but new franchises based on a region
  4. Would it be feasible for the Hull and District League to be incorporated into the YML. As the YML got further down the league structure it could be regionalised into North and East, Central, South and West for example.
  5. Since the inception of SL there have been several clubs that have struggled to survive or prosper. The liquidation of the Bradford Bulls, the demise of the Cumbrian clubs, Oldham Bears and Doncaster going bust, Sheffield's 'merger' with Huddersfield, Halifax entering administration, the scrapping of reserve grade etc. This got me thinking if the original plan for SL would have been more successful than what we have now. I know there was a big outcry from supporters of lots of clubs about mergers but many of these clubs have struggled to survive and compete. Some clubs are now even starting to pool their resources by running joint academies. Could the proposed system have worked if it had been used? Would the game be pulling bigger crowds or have a bigger TV deal? Would the competition have attracted bigger name sponsors and bigger sponsorship deals? Could the club sides have been involved in a semi professional competition underneath this new system and been used for fringe players and youth development? Would it have failed?
  6. I think a good way to preserve and make the best of what we have is to do what you suggest and strengthen the heartlands and surrounding areas. A lot of the towns and cities where RL is already established still have a lot of potential for increasing playing numbers and towns and cities bordering these areas such as Manchester, Bury, Bolton, Barnsley, Rotherham, Sheffield etc could be targeted for expansion of the amateur game. As far as new professional clubs go Manchester Rangers, Mancunians, Bury Broncos, Chester etc would help expand the professional game more sustainably. I'm all for other clubs from the South and Midlands joining the professional ranks as long as they have some sort of amateur game nearby to draw from and develop
  7. I started this thread as I am interested in all the different ideas on what is an important aspect of RL both for the community game and the professional game. After reading through all the ideas, I've been changing and tweaking my own. I think academies should still run but on a more regional basis. I do, however, think the young players should be signed to a professional club but not play until the end if the u16s season. This could either be done by the RFL offering a certain amount of spaces in each regional academy to the clubs in that catchment area (who would then contribute to a percentage of the running cost depending on the amount of spaces they have) or by clubs that are close together agreeing to run one academy like in Hull and Leigh/Salford. This would take less players out of the community game as less players would be signed on due to less academies and no scholarships at u16. I'm not saying this would solve the issue of the drop off rate but it would help. At u18 level would changing from a Sunday morning help with the drop off with them maybe playing before the open age on a Saturday? I also think that college teams could have an important role to play in keeping this age group playing RL. Just some ideas which may or may not work
  8. So, what do you think the best system would be to help this. Would it be better to stop players being signed until they finish u18s or maybe use a college league to replace the academies with the professional clubs then signing players from college?
  9. There have been many debates on here about academies and scholarships and the positives and negatives of both. What would be the best system for professional clubs and rugby league in general to use for identifying, recruiting and developing young talent? Merged academies, RFL run regional academies, service areas, college/university competitions, a draft system, each club running there own academy etc. Would be interesting to hear what ideas and thoughts posters on here think would work best
  10. I'm all for new teams entering League 1 but it has to be done sustainably. The RFL should look at where any new teams will be getting players from when considering applications. If there isn't a large enough player base and amateur game nearby they shouldn't be allowed to enter until this is the case. Manchester is surrounded by a strong amateur game and has a large player base close by so should go well in league 1 and will hopefully add to that competition. However, expanding the amateur game in cities such as Manchester, Liverpool , Sheffield etc is what I would call expansion
  11. The kind of league I'm talking about is just for clubs who are getting ready to apply for league 1
  12. I think some sort of development league below league 1 could be created for any aspiring clubs who want to make the step up. They could then apply to join league 1 from this league when both they and the RFL think they're ready
  13. Are there any plans for Manchester Rangers to continue to run an amateur side in NW league?
  14. I think regular fixtures between Africa United, Latin Heat, South Asia Bulls, a North American team and any other groups of developing nations in the same area would be create a lot of interest and be a good development tool. They could play matches at the times when there are no organised fixtures for the individual nations who make up these representative sides
  15. I actually agree with you on that. Maybe just have the system for Academies. Instead of scholarships maybe just have rep sides at a certain point in the season or at the end