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fighting irish last won the day on July 29 2019

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About fighting irish

  • Birthday 27/06/1956

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    Aberavon, South Wales
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    Long term rugby league fanatic, former player coach and founder of the Welsh Rugby League and still keenly interested in news of global development.

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  1. I'm really glad to hear you are still involved with the game. I was a bit dismayed that the posts stopped in mid 2018, what happened?
  2. I've been out of the amateur admin side of the game for some time, so can you tell me a little about the ''red tape'' you speak of. What are the kind of barriers that have to be overcome?
  3. Encouraging news. If only this can consolidate and grow quickly. Texas, California, Mid-West added to the existing clubs gives it some real presence.
  4. Hasn't he been great? More power to his elbow. (and all his other bits!)
  5. Its really interesting (to me) that you feel this way. Would you mind telling me why you have come to this conclusion? Have you tried to do it, or been tempted to do it, but put off by the complexity?
  6. We don't need more league one clubs, created in areas where there's hardly any community presence, that's for sure. Run on a shoestring and central funding. Surely by now, we realise its a folly. What we need is more amateur clubs (like Hemel Hempstead), many more. Thereby strengthening the amateur competitions, producing more (super league) quality players, more fans, more money, more business backers. It breaks my heart when people speak of Hemel's recent history as a failure. The amateur game is simply not strong enough in their area to provide all that a pro' club needs to prosper. But we do need more Hemels, all over the country. Double the number of participants and we'll double the number of Super League quality players, raising the overall standard as we go and double the number of coaches, the number of Sky subscribers etc. etc. etc.
  7. The ''fully integrated approach'' I spoke of includes the top-down activities as well as the bottom up. Doing it right means doing it all.
  8. We need to do, what Newcastle are doing. A fully integrated approach to embedding the game in the local community from bottom to top. Mick Hogan began the process 30 odd years ago and to their credit, they've kept the grass roots development effort going ever since. Not in an ad-hoc (do nothing and hope they turn up) way but systematically introducing new young children to the sport (in increasing numbers) every year. They monitor participation and set goals for increasing numbers of participants year on year. Open and honest and real. That's why they are worth backing with high profile events like Magic and World Cup matches. Most of the spectators (from the Newcastle area) will be people introduced to the game at school and the more of them there are the more likely it is we'll get a good turnout at these major events. That's when the investment effort (in schools and junior club development) begins to pay back hard cash.
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