For a start what type of person do you see at our games?
Working class white men and old women (and men)
How many Pakistanis, or Indians, or Poles or Kurds etc do you see? Does Roger go into the schools in Saville Town?
Roger will visit whichever school will have him. From speaking to 'the man behind the mask', race or religion is irrelevant. His job is to engage with local kids and their families and he does a bloody good job of it!
Another at the club who has done a bloody good job of engaging with local kids is our community coach James Stephenson. He's in schools throughout the area, taking in every demographic along the way.
Again from conversations with James, I can tell you that thousands of tickets have been distributed to kids and their families.
And before Coolie flies in and says 'P***s don't like rugby' I could point out that before Prince Naseem and more recently Amir Khan Pakistanis werent particularly known for their love of boxing.
You're absolutely right. And it's only over the last 20/25 years that we've seen women and children attending matches in any great number.
Just because a certain section of society aren't typically interested in a sport at present, it's naive to assume that will always be the case.
Has anyone ever thought of linking with a local SL club and moving the home games to different days and then selling a multiple season ticket? i.e watch Dewsbury on a Saturday and Leeds on the Sunday?
My own personal view is that incentives to other Rugby League fans is great. But I think its unwise to build too much of a dependency on the support of people whose true loyalties are with another club. It's short-termism.
We need to create more Dewsbury Rams fans, get them feeling positive about the club and turn them into ambassadors.
The truth is the backslapping needs to stop and Tom, you appear to be the face of it all and I really hope the vein of enthusiasm runs deep and changes are made.
Maybe I'm not understanding you properly, but here's a difference between 'backslapping' and painting a positive image for potential new sponsors and supporters.
Stories like this one
are designed to appeal to local companies. They're designed to communicate the fact that Dewsbury Rams are a progressive club that is taking strides forward on and off the field.
This is a forum, I share my opinions as much as my ideas. Could I help put them into action? Of course not, I spend as much time in the UK as I do out of it but that doesn't mean I am not passionate about the club moving forward and willing to help throw ideas into the forum. But I have tried:
4 years ago I had a career lined up which would take me all over the world, to some of the most amazing places on this earth, many UNESCO, wonders of the world and far flung places that are completely isolated save for days of travel. I contacted the club and asked if they would like me to take a Dewsbury shirt and have it snapped all over the planet - I was completely ignored.
About 6 months later off the back of my first trip around China and the Far east I got in touch with the club again - I was completely ignored.
When did you ask and who did you email/call? You certainly shouldn't have been ignored.
Having said that, the nature of our current agreement with Ravensport means it'd be tough for the club to give away a shirt for such a purpose.
Since that first contact I have been to 42 countries across 6 continents, the ONLY wonders of the world (modern/ancient/and historical) that I HAVENT been to is Machu Pichu in Peru and Im going there next month and the Great Barrier Reef (which Ive no plans of going to at the moment)
I could have put a Dewsbury shirt across Asia, the USA and to just about every corner of India including on some of the worlds highest peaks, most baron deserts or densest jungles.
My offer does stand, I am going to Egypt on the 24th Jan (Cairo/Hurghada/Luxor/Abu Simbel/Aswan/Siwa Oasis and the Western Desert) and then Venice/Rome/Venezuala/Colombia/Peru/Brussels on the 25th Feb.
Sounds great! I'll let you have one of my old ones if you come find me tomorrow.