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  1. Ooh I don't know sounds a bit tasty that one. Where's my war paint etc
  2. For me personally I hope it doesn't get off the ground especially with how crowded the market is for sports. Luckily no Rugby League players have taken the NFL Europe player pathway like that Union player side was it Wade? Although on a positive note on Rugby League I was chatting to a few blokes from Sheffield on Saturday and they were Sheff United fans but went to the Grand Final because their team wasn't playing due to the international break. Maybe targeting more international breaks in football (England) might be a way to boost crowds. They weren't too bothered about the game mainly a reason to go to an event and on the drink in Manchester.
  3. Another bananas idea but https://teamukfl.com/the-league/ according to this website and current social media campaigns they are creating an 8 team Pro American football league in the UK split into North and South Conferences from May 2023. Although sounds like another hundred gimic or the Union World 12s if this does get a hold with funding it will be interesting to see the locations and crowds. They believe the audience to be 1 million in the UK even 10% of that attending across the 8 teams gives an average of 12,500 per team.
  4. Which could in a way be a problem for Rugby League although "we" as a sport are unlikely to bring in higher attendances there is almost too much sport to choose from. With NFL Europe now throwing games in on the same weekend as the Grand Final there were over 61,000 at Tottenhams stadium for a "club game" the decision is a difficult one. If you want a contact sport then in this country Rugby is your best bet but then "big" boxing fights have sell out attendances and it would be interesting to know how many other contact sport events they have been to before a boxing fight. My point really is does Rugby League as a sport try searching to expand whilst isolating its current European secure playing areas or do we secure what we have got and build from inside out. As if the NFL can get bigger attendances than all our games at Wembley the 3 times a year they turn up is that a good thing for our sport? Is attendances our biggest worry?
  5. Population of Hendon of where Saracens is based is 132,062 according to the last census. If you were brining in a 30 mins travelling time you would be looking at most of North London so talking millions
  6. That's definitely a shame and don't want to be topping up the landlords pockets! However it is a bizarre one the catchment area and history behind Huddersfield is all there. I don't know whether alot turn to the football club when they had the relative success for sport. I imagine alot would have come out of the woodwork but even so the RL club should be able to attract a decent croud especially when there aren't any other sporting fixtures for 15 miles or so.
  7. https://www.rugby-league.com/get-involved/match-officials/become-a-match-official-- The Army is listed as having their own society of match officials however I imagine the referee was probably from the local society. Its difficult to say for me personally I know there is progression and a development plan to get on the pro match officials etc however I am not sure what the equilivant league structure would be you would expect the referee to be in the NCL at least which is worrying if basic errors.
  8. I agree with the comments above. For the U30s market in Huddersfield is there a link between the club and the University to try and attract students to games? I know Leeds have been successful with Uni tie-ups in the past and Huddersfield did do it by a quick Google search in 2014/15 with the Students Union. Without sounding too negative the John Smith Stadium has a capacity of 24,000 with Huddersfields attendances being in the 8,000 mark. They could dedicate a stand to students if they wanted to similar to the Western terrace at Headingley behind the sticks opposite end of where the away fans are and build an atmosphere and you would do well in beer sales too. 19 mins walk from campus to stadium.
  9. They need to be fully qualified and at the appropriate level this isn't a sarcastic comment but try the rules test for yourself for free which is where they start at. https://www.wlklms.com/rflecom/?product=laws-of-the-game
  10. With that one it depends. The rules state the attacker has to get up off the ground once the tackle has been complete to PTB so potentially that decision could have been correct as no Scrums at the min so handover and tackle reset. Or could have been on the last too?
  11. It's a funny one that one as now the new defending team if they are quick enough to be in position on the 20 nothing stopping having markers but surely it's a tap and all should be beyond the 30?
  12. I was wondering with Margate if you would get London clubs travelling there for a Beach tournament or if numbers would be too thin. Definitely worth researching
  13. Community social arm of the RFL if you look at the tournament in a couple of weeks which is in the X-League form there will be over 100 participants of men's and women's teams playing in the tournament. We have engaged the local community of Brid with discounts available for teams from a range of products and in Brid itself with charity partners being Brid Lifeboat and the Mayor of Brid handing out the trophies. To sum up the aim is to show a community family orientated spirit whilst playing a regulated version of Rugby League and spreading the word.
  14. Hi All, With just over 2 weeks to go before our first beach X-league tournament. I have been wondering what the appetite would be for Beach RL and what form and locations. Would people prefer the X-League/touch format or would the appeal of full contact be there? Looking also to locations Bridlington is probably the best in Yorkshire with it having the largest sandy beach and seafront facilities other locations I have thought of.... Could Tynemouth (Long Sands beach) be an option for the North East, the obvious one for Lancashire is Blackpool. Could Rhyl be an interest for Wales/Merseyside? And would Margate attract teams from London/South East? Although the full format of the game should be the primary at the moment only Swansea and Bournemouth hold regular beach rugby union events so the market place especially now with "Staycation" being a bit more fashionable is there and there are plenty of locations around the UK that could be used that are ripe for Rugby League and development. After this year's Brid Beach X-League event we are hoping to host each year in Brid however it would be interesting to hear thoughts especially from new clubs or those struggling to get a squad of min of 15 week in week out could the option be a beach tournament for the community game? Or extension of the season for Beach Rugby League
  15. Then you had the proposed soccer European Super League, Netball SuperLeague, Super League Triathlon, to add to the list although Super league in the Rugby league sense started in '96 and is the first out of the ones mentioned.
  16. That's the problem with a regional championship. Your nearest team is probably 200 miles away and the facilities aren't big enough. Although if the costings were right a "South West Conference summer bash" could work in Torquay
  17. Establishing our close links to the community has been important we have managed to secure a 20% off deal at a beach front cafe for players and officials. As well as a local sports photographer and the also securing the availability of the Mayor of Bridlington to hand out the event trophies
  18. Agreed games take time but surely not over player welfare. If the taking the time is really a concern it could be the case they look at reducing games to 70 minutes rather than 80. You 100% need HIAs and it is Rugby not boxing. On the point of the video ref personally I think it should be either available in every Super League game or not at all but then you can't have replays on Sky on super slow mo saying a decision is wrong if you scrap it.
  19. No excuses for me at any level. Any form of back chat, abuse or assault should be penalised harshly at all levels only way it will be stamped out.
  20. As a sport we need a USP. I was thinking about this earlier today, if you asked a generic sports fan in the UK to name 1 NFL team and 1 MLB team I reckon the numbers would be high if it was done "BBC pointless style" straight away San Fran 49ers and New York Yankees would fit that bill. However if you went to the US how many people would have heard of Rugby League never mind being able to mention a team. Although I personally think looking at the game in the UK we are a 1/2 way house, we have bits of union and bits of football/soccer (especially atmosphere) the game needs to work out does it want to have less bulky players and speedsters in all positions making the game even more quicker or do we want to slow down the game to more of a Union market as in bringing back Scrums making more of a wrestle and big hits. Speeding up the game you could look at reducing players potentially removing the props to a 11 a side format, I know a complete change. Or we could stick to what we have and turn up to beach events like on 25th September in Brid
  21. A few things we have to look at is 1) Price point do you get value for money. 2) Kick off times/ending times 3) Facilities are they up to standard 4) Coverage area (locations) 5) Perception of the game why do the NFL have so many "fans" in the UK most haven't seen a game in the US or are American but will buy merchandise and watch on TV.
  22. The tournament plans are in full swing with several mens and womens teams entered with predicted close on 150 participants with families and spectators we could see that hit the 200 mark helping the town of Brid and their businesses at this critical time. We are now running the tournament from 12-5pm with referee recruitment well under way all is in place for a successful first tournament. We would welcome any spectators that fancy a day out in Brid to pop down and watch even if it's only for a game whilst you visit the seafront (you will find us harbour side of South Beach) . If you can wear your club colours all the better and let's get Rugby League on the map and some positive news for a change!
  23. I know exactly where you are coming from unless the assistant has a clear side on few had the ball being knocked on or is it a ball steal is literally a flip of the coin type of decision. The commentators don't help with their standard sitting on the fence comment of "it's up to the ball carrier to have better control" the one on one is a big boost almost like 40/20 which both are options of gaining control that are hardly used in games (why who knows). In some situations the only way you could decide is by calling the tackle as complete when the 2nd person joins the tackle if the ball is spilled its a penalty. Its such a grey area and with the benefit of Super slow mo replays it's easy to say its a ball steal or knock on but a split second one view I personally wouldn't want to be calling it.
  24. I am a York fan and this statement is so true. I can imagine there being a peak when Hull teams and Leeds visit but how many of the fans in the home end would be "neutral" and not away fans would be interesting to see. The max capacity is 10,000 short of Headingley which isn't a million miles away and as much as people despise the Rhinos for those that do they do it because of the quality and success of the squads over the Super League years and before. 5,000 isn't unachievable as currently vs Bradford there might be 2,000 with 800 away fans but it would be mostly away fans making the numbers.
  25. I follow York and still uncertain why people think, York are a certain for Super League. Look at the championship table for one. The ground is OK but not huge and same with attendances. No structure outside of 1st team and also a part time team. The main challengers have to be Toulouse and Fev closely followed by London, Newcastle and Bradford (due to academy and off field structures)
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