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Rugby League: An Alternative Future

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Supporters Direct, the umbrella organisation that promotes supporter representation at Rugby League clubs across the UK, is pleased to announce its first ever rugby league conference, to be held on Saturday October 9th 2010 at the historic George Hotel Huddersfield.

The conference, entitled

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well done..from acorns etc etc

Hope it proves to be a well attended, and enjoyable weekend of events

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Supporters Direct, the umbrella organisation that promotes supporter representation at Rugby League clubs across the UK, is pleased to announce its first ever rugby league conference, to be held on Saturday October 9th 2010 at the historic George Hotel Huddersfield.

The conference, entitled

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Would this Alternative Future include a return to auto P & R, Sky money being spread across every pro club and voting rights to enable the tail to wag the dog.

Alternative Past??

Isn't that the present situation? Surely we want the dog to wag the tail (ie, the RFL to make decisions and tell the clubs what they have to do, not the clubs making decisions and telling the RFL this is how it will be.).

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Would this Alternative Future include a return to auto P & R, Sky money being spread across every pro club and voting rights to enable the tail to wag the dog.

Alternative Past??

Behave you :P

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Isn't that the present situation? Surely we want the dog to wag the tail (ie, the RFL to make decisions and tell the clubs what they have to do, not the clubs making decisions and telling the RFL this is how it will be.).

One step at a time.

We have moved to divisional weighting, but we do need to move to full RFL control with no club power at all.

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Behave you :P

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Would this Alternative Future include a return to auto P & R, Sky money being spread across every pro club and voting rights to enable the tail to wag the dog.

Alternative Past??

Possibly Dave, but again possibly not. It's more likely to focus on sustainability, with the only franchising on the agenda likely to be helping supporters to have the opportunity to influence and have a stake in their club.

My own experience of dealing with Supporters Direct and supporters trusts (in soccer and RL) has been entirely positive and usually involves dealing with passionate, yet realistic, supporters that care about good governance and living within their means.

This couldn't be further from a reactionary gathering IMO.

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Possibly Dave, but again possibly not. It's more likely to focus on sustainability, with the only franchising on the agenda likely to be helping supporters to have the opportunity to influence and have a stake in their club.

My own experience of dealing with Supporters Direct and supporters trusts (in soccer and RL) has been entirely positive and usually involves dealing with passionate, yet realistic, supporters that care about good governance and living within their means.

This couldn't be further from a reactionary gathering IMO.

Jonty is right. We will be focusing on how supporters can gain influence within their clubs in order to create more sustainable, community focussed clubs. However, our (Supporters Direct) relationship with the RFL is strong and all delegates will have the opportunity to make comments/suggestions on how they feel the game should move forward as a whole which will be passed on.

The way I see it, the more supporters trusts we have working together, the more influence we can gain over the game as a whole. After all, the supporters put a great deal of money into clubs every year through support alone so why shouldn't they have a say?

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Jonty is right. We will be focusing on how supporters can gain influence within their clubs in order to create more sustainable, community focussed clubs. However, our (Supporters Direct) relationship with the RFL is strong and all delegates will have the opportunity to make comments/suggestions on how they feel the game should move forward as a whole which will be passed on.

The way I see it, the more supporters trusts we have working together, the more influence we can gain over the game as a whole. After all, the supporters put a great deal of money into clubs every year through support alone so why shouldn't they have a say?

The reality is that those supporters that can only see a return to past (failed) policies as a way forward will be very unlikely to get heavily involved with supporters direct as it requires them to listen to lots of opposing points of view and find a considered way forward. It needs a strategy that doesn't start and end with 'it's the rfl's fault'. Asking supporters for their views is the way forward, as long as the RFL are allowed to continue taking decisions for the best of the sport overall after listening to these views. We are competing with sports that have huge governing bodies (no Nigel Wood jokes please) and enormous marketing budgets, they have the press on their side and excellent corporate income streams. We need to strengthen the RFL, not weaken its power. The future of our game is in an increasingly international sport, this is the aspect of the game that attracts the uncommitted.

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