Stress test for grassroots volunteers

The announcement this week by the Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, may offer a clue as to when amateur Rugby League players can aim to return…

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Talking Grass Roots: Safety first

“It’s the right thing to do.” So concluded the Rugby Football League’s head of medical and integrity officer Laura Fairbank when I chatted with her…

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Talking Grassroots: Bath time in Spain

Time was, certainly before the launch of the Pennine League in the early 1970s, which was followed by the National Conference League (then known as…

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Talking Grass Roots: United We Stand

Sport England’s ‘Uniting the Movement’ initiative, which was announced last week, is undoubtedly to be welcomed. The ten-year ‘vision’, it seems to me, is pretty…

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Talking Grass Roots: What’s the state of play?

How are amateur Rugby League clubs faring as the coronavirus lockdown at the grass roots approaches (if we ignore a few ‘pilot’ games last autumn)…

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Talking Grass Roots: Weathering the storm

A regular theme in this column at this time of the year, certainly during the winter era but also following the switch of most amateur…

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Talking Grass Roots: Rocky’s Giant Impact

There are so many people who give so much to amateur Rugby League – which is a reason I’m confident that the sport will survive,…

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Talking Grass Roots: A Happy New Year?

I suspect that Kelly Barrett, the Rugby Football League’s Head of Delivery Community Game Competitions, will have quietly reflected to herself, when firing out yet…

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Weathering the storm

By Phil Hodgson, League Express Grassroots Rugby League correspondent Habit has it that in the last League Express of the year I reflect on the…

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The international game is in safe hands

As 2020 meanders to a close – and good riddance, most might say – many of the folk in Rugby League who care about the…

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