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Coventry question

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When Coventry Bears enter the Championship in 2015 will they rebrand the community club to differentiate between the pro club (that I'm assuming will look to draw players and supporters from across the region) and the grassroots club?

With Bears A, Dragons, Warriors and Leamington on their doorstep the Bears potentially have the kind of grassroots catchment that some 'heartlands' clubs would be envious of.

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When Coventry Bears enter the Championship in 2015 will they rebrand the community club to differentiate between the pro club (that I'm assuming will look to draw players and supporters from across the region) and the grassroots club?

With Bears A, Dragons, Warriors and Leamington on their doorstep the Bears potentially have the kind of grassroots catchment that some 'heartlands' clubs would be envious of.

I would advise them not to as the championship one side will be fed by the community clubs mentioned and beating the bears A side might carry more kudos than Coventry Cubs. The situation is the same as the Bears side joining NL3, they are not moving from the amateur ranks to the professional; they can pay players now if they want to and they can play players that receive no fee in championship one.

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The flip side to that argument is that they may not want to cause divisions in the local area by favouring one community club over the others, particularly if they want the lads at Warriors, Dragons, Royals etc to identify with the Bears as their pro club.

I guess Bowes will have an idea.

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I would keep it the same, just like Hemel and All Golds have done. The key is not the name, its the work they for the good of all community clubs that is important.

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Slightly different scenario as there aren't any other clubs in Hemel and UGAG has never been or had a community club.

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Slightly different scenario as there aren't any other clubs in Hemel and UGAG has never been or had a community club.

Not true, there are other clubs in Herts and Gloucestershire All Golds U16s won the Midlands RL U16s in 2012 and they run a 16s and 18s team.

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Not true, there are other clubs in Herts and Gloucestershire All Golds U16s won the Midlands RL U16s in 2012 and they run a 16s and 18s team.

Good point. I forgot All Golds were running juniors.

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Doesnt just have to be Warwickshire teams filtering in, surely the likes of Birmingham, Leicester and Northampton can all be part of the party no?

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The flip side to that argument is that they may not want to cause divisions in the local area by favouring one community club over the others, particularly if they want the lads at Warriors, Dragons, Royals etc to identify with the Bears as their pro club.

I guess Bowes will have an idea.

He PMed me with this (slightly edited):-

 

Last I heard the plan is to have a Coventry Bears A team playing Conference South (would probably be half the current team once recruitment is done at first team level) then we'd have the likes of Coventry Warriors and Leamington Royals below.

As for juniors think they'll keep the Bears name but they eventually want more junior sides.

 

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The problem for their junior development is that they are not playing enough games, and not playing at a high enough level.

They do have a good local source of Union players though.

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