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Leagues Clubs like in Aus

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I believe most Aus RL clubs are financially supported by huge not for profit, multi million dollar turnover members clubs which gives a huge advantage for clubs both financially and accessing their community.

 

has there ever been the same model used in UK sport? I cant recall any, not even in other sports.

 

If so, are there any existing models and if not, why did they fail?

 

Seems to me that these membership clubs are a great example of clubs engaging with their community.

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Most of the amateur game is propped up by clubs, we dont have the same income which is mainly due to gambling in Aus

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Salford used to have a thriving night club in the 60's that was patronised by the Manchester glitterati George Best etc

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Went to see Penrith play Souths when we visited Sydney in 2009, and their leagues club complex is huge - much more than just the club itself. Bars, restaurants, hotels and a golf driving range. We took our son on the mini golf course. After seeing that, it was something of a shock to see the decrepit state that parts of the ground were in.

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Went to see Penrith play Souths when we visited Sydney in 2009, and their leagues club complex is huge - much more than just the club itself. Bars, restaurants, hotels and a golf driving range. We took our son on the mini golf course. After seeing that, it was something of a shock to see the decrepit state that parts of the ground were in.

when i was there in the 90s they also had a lake and man made beach

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I went to St.George's Leagues Club. Awesome.

 

 

 

A bit like the Posh Penguin used to be back in the day.

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Went to see Penrith play Souths when we visited Sydney in 2009, and their leagues club complex is huge - much more than just the club itself. Bars, restaurants, hotels and a golf driving range. We took our son on the mini golf course. After seeing that, it was something of a shock to see the decrepit state that parts of the ground were in.

I loved the Penrith club, tbh I quite liked the stadium too.

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The leagues clubs thrive because of Sydneysiders obsession with gambling and 'pokies'. I was a member of the Balmain tigers leagues club before it moved from Rozelle, I think I went twice it was like a modern working men's club, not really for me, but its a great source of revenue that's for sure.

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There was a fashion for 'social clubs' in the mid late sixties

Salford was the most successful

Wakefield sold theirs and it became Wakefield theatre club now it's a bowling alley

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when i was there in the 90s they also had a lake and man made beach

 

Yeah, I think they have jet skiing or something like that on a lake.

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I loved the Penrith club, tbh I quite liked the stadium too.

 

The two stands were OK, but it looked very shabby at either end.

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