That's what I was trying to refer to before. I don't think it's clear from those minutes if its an actual shortfall ( in which case I think a demand would have already gone out ) or the collective costs of administering the amateur game now, which is already met from subscription fees.
The minutes refer to over reliance on Sport England money so it may refer to some development work of rfl employees?
In 2004 when the game unified following the Genisis report, the services introduced to the game by BARLA which were formally known as BARLA Services, overnight became Rugby League Services which have since evolved to Community Game Services. In short, the RFL were vested with the responsibility of the care and support of the amateur game.
One of the reasons put forward by the RFL for unification was to ensure that Sport England grant money, which I believe was around £140,000 at the time, was continued to be paid to the game. This money was ringfenced and was to be directed to BARLA Services for the continuity of the support such as; coach education, safeguarding etc: to the amateur game.
Since 2004 the RFL, after assuming the responsibility for delivering these services and continuing to receive the "ringfenced" amount of which bankrolled the support to the amateur game which, correct me if I'm wrong, was part of Sport England four yearly grants of first; £18.5 million, then in 2008 a whopping £29.4 million which has since been reduced recently to £17.5 million to cover the period 2013 - 2017.
So after receiving almost £6 million a year since 2004, with another £17.5 promised for the next four years, the RFL now see it fit to demand a fee from the very hand (participation) that feeds the the Sport England monies to them.
Edited by Nev V Dawn, 11 August 2013 - 08:52 AM.