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  1. Saying this as a York fan but also from Harrogate. What often gets overlooked is the larger picture, York is the only pro club in North Yorkshire which is a massive county by landmass in England taking in huge coastline to the moors and nearby towns. North Yorkshire is definitely a growth area with huge potential, its much more than just York, although the stadium looks great and I can't wait to watch my first game from there.
  2. The exchange rate is quite good at the moment but the like of Qantas you need a vaccine certificate for Covid to fly with them regardless of restrictions
  3. The costs would vary so much the best way would be to fix a budget first. Look at the cheaper match tickets although the NRL isn't that expensive (around £15-20) each flights in August you will be luckily to be under £1000 and same again for accommodation. £3-4k region but that could vary if you are prepared to backpacker it or hotel it.
  4. Proper set of coverage that. Personally I think it's great, although I don't know much about the sportsman's deal with the Challenge Cup it's brilliant it gives another viewing platform for Rugby League. A take over on BBC 2 is brilliant too and if they do a combi deal for the Our League stuff I might be locked in the shed permanently!
  5. I know it has been struggling and there are often articles popping up on BBC about "does Speedway have a future in the UK" and that was about 6 years ago reporting below 1,000 mark typically on average. However like most sports I imagine you will have your hardcore followers. Most of the riders seem to come from abroad especially Scandinavian countries if you include Denmark. Most of the tracks are greyhound racing tracks or used to be and that still keeps going when you get the negative press. Speedway GB recently has had investment from BT Sports as a sole coverage provider but its usually l
  6. It's been clear for some time that the gap between Rugby Union and League is getting larger in terms of funding however I came across this article recently. Otley, Leeds Tykes (Based at Headingley), Huddersfield RUFC and Wharfedale (now however have decided to pull out) were due to be playing in a 4 team friendly tournament home and away with a "finals day" at Headingley this summer. You maybe thinking it's 4 union sides which it is however at least 3 of them are in "Rugby League territory" when in comes to location. The prize fund for this tournament is £10,000 for clubs that size that are pr
  7. Just an update regarding work going on in Harrogate. Although we are in North Yorkshire and half way between 2 clubs in Leeds and York. Harrogate itself would be deemed a Union Town. But taking that we have embraced the fact mainly because of Gary Mercer (ex Kiwi) being the Director of Rugby at Ashville College in Harrogate and we are now based there permanently. We are the first and only to date rugby league team playing from an independent school. What they are able to offer in terms of facilities is unrilved with 7 Rugby pitches, an all weather pitch and the option for our members to pay £2
  8. How many high tackle/shoulder charge penalties were there in the Fev vs Bradford game at the weekend, it must have been approaching double digits and not one was given a card, just a penalty with a quiet word. The only card given was for a "professional foul"
  9. The alternative to an official academy is to have your own Elite player development through your community foundation not the worst idea anyone has had to be fair. If wanted/skilful enough we could be filtering 16 year old players into York and getting them back to play for us but in the meantime they go to York for extra training sessions and sometimes appear on matchday squads if registered especially in cups.
  10. It would be great to try and get Belfast anywhere in Ireland it seems to take ages to get anywhere other than Dublin or Belfast. The downside is always the argument of what makes up Ireland
  11. Putting union aside your main competition in ROI and some extent NI is the GAA traditionally the final is around the 1st Sunday of September for football. Although it would be great to see the 4 provinces of All Ireland play I believe that would be unlikely. However you could easily have a presence at a GAA club and use the league game as a warm up. Dublin have already got a handball side aligned with them. I personally think the attraction would come from Dublin mainly because of the weekend away opportunities and the cheap flights from both LBA, London, Manchester and Newcastle. The re
  12. It all depends on the club. At York James Ford is full time so has chance to go through video work and prep the training sessions/pick squad accordingly. York do Tuesday and Thursday but also mention sometimes a Friday or Monday evening video session so all depends really on the team how you are performing and what is up next.
  13. As long as includes a free pizza then happy days
  14. At the moment with no crowds for a league game home season ticket holders get it free. Although again difficult to work exact amounts in the 1500-2000 range as a standard league game for most in the Championship as an average can't be too far off.
  15. The major thing with ringfencing although I agree with you it's the P&R issue again, you will always get someone complaining who finishes potentially 10th and relegated as both French teams can't go down. Although I know discussed too much previously I seriously think either Franchising or ringfence off a 14/16 Pro Super League with no relegation and a semi-pro/amateur feeder league underneath is the only way this will work.
  16. The England RL logo/badge always reminds me of the Hull KR badge/logo especially when on off field gear like hats or hoodies etc. It doesn't help that we don't have a unique nickname to brand the logo off. "Wall of White" is risky "3 lions" straight off you think England Football. Like the Aussies and New Zealanders have nicknames for each of their national teams in all sports could we do the same for England. We have England Knights for reserves but don't use any branding for it. Could the Tudor rose work with the Red rose of Lancashire and White Rose of Yorkshire being on display.
  17. That may well be the case. In some ways it's not the end of the world. Players will be dropped from the RU side who can be picked up by Thunder and developed. One example at York where this type of thing has happened is Jason Bass, he didn't make it in Union with Leicester Tigers was using League for fitness and switched to it fully, played for England students, Coventry and now 1st pick centre at York mixing it up with an excellent performance against Hull last night still only 24 with plenty of opportunity ahead of him.
  18. To be fair to him I agree. If the academy expanding as wide as it is produces the talent like London have and they are able to keep them in the squad with a couple of additions I can't see why they won't be at least in the mix if not going up within the next 9 seasons.
  19. After 60 mins when Reynolds went off is probably the standard of alot of the Championship teams although Hull are all full time. York scored 3 tries to Hull's 0. To say York haven't played a competitive game in near on a year and the half back combination is brand new with several other debuts on show apart from a couple of errors in defence, I thought they played well and structured well against a good Hull side. Hull I thought as they always do looked clever from the halves, kicked well and showed real power and pace up the middle, a bit difficult to judge on one mixed game of players from b
  20. Satae is so dangerous crashing in like he does definitely no stopping him. Reynolds looked class, was a cracking game and proud of our York lads thought they played well, happy with that performance.
  21. I know it won't happen this year but the Saturday afternoon slots for Catalans home games were a great idea. Ultimately though there always should be space for a Saturday 3pm kick off it might "clash" with a cricket tour or golf but they have their own channels for that. More often than not they show Super League highlights from a grand final 8 years ago on Sky sports mix but post Covid when the ban on TV football at 3pm is back. Why can't they extend that coverage to an additional game on a Saturday at 3pm from the Super League. 3 out of 6 games televised and potentially a 4th on a French bro
  22. Does make you think twice coming from Yorkshire. But in all seriousness a less hostile atmosphere especially towards match officials definitely improves matchday atmosphere and general experience.
  23. On a separate note of more referees when academy's are playing again are they refereed by younger refs do we know or are there not enough to go around in general?
  24. When i go to games I made a promise starting at the 2019 season which has continued that as a fan if I used any bad language regardless of who it was aimed at I would donate money to the oppositions community foundation charity. That included any displays of disputing any decision made by a referee and only offering positive feedback. Since I have adapted that to going to York games I havent yet donated any money and found that I have actually enjoyed the matchday experience alot more. The sub title I gave it too was although kids might pick up bad language from elsewhere we don't want them to
  25. It's fantastic development and one that should be celebrated. If anything I don't think there has been a better success story in terms of increasing participation. Probably the mould all clubs could and should be going down. Love the idea of Tees Valley
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