nec Posted July 23, 2010 Share Posted July 23, 2010 First off, apologies for the slightly cheeky tag line, I thought the thread would get ignored if it was too polite. My question is as follows; we have heard plenty of discussion about policies that don't work, what do you want the RFL to do from now to help your club. I will put some ideas below to provoke discussion, but they are not exclusive and I would welcome any additional ideas. I think it would be useful to avoid 'I wouldn't start from here' posts and concentrate on what can be done in the future rather than perceived errors of the past. Potential ideas; a) Restore automatic promotion/relegation to SL at the end of the current round of licenses Bring in promotion/relegation to SL with strict criteria over finances and facilities at the end of the current round of licenses c) Bring in promotion to SL given strict criteria at the end of the current round of licenses with a 3 year window for clubs to bed in, without any necessity for clubs to be relegated for a promotion d) Increase funding to Championship & C1 clubs (on sliding scale?) without any strings attached e) Increase funding to Championship & Championship 1 clubs with a pre-requisite that the money goes towards specific long-term objectives such as stadia, youth development and crowd growth f) Re-organise the leagues below SL to provide for a larger Championship & for some clubs to go to RLCN or a summer NCL g) Get rid of the Northern Rail Cup completely h) Move the NRC to a pre-season competition i) Make the NR 9's a pre-season competition or a competition to run on the same weekend as the Play-Off finals (obviously excluding the 4 finalists) j) Encourage dual registration and the use of feeder teams by SL clubs k) Remove Toulouse, Skolars, Skorpions & Gateshead to reduce travel costs l) Encourage further applications from clubs in new areas, allowing for the fact that in most cases this would mean few away fans travelling m) Remove restrictions to clubs running sides at every level n) Move back to winter season I put these forward without any agenda whatsoever, I have my own thoughts but I am not a fan of a current club outside SL and will try to keep them to myself for a while. It would be nice to get some ideas of how the sport outside SL can best move forward from where we are at the moment without the rancour that some of these discussions can spawn. Rugby League is a sport that desperately needs to expand its geographical supporter base and its player base. This imperative means that all other requirements are secondary until this is done. All power in the game should be with governing bodies, especially international governing bodies. Without these actions we will remain a minor sport internationally and nationally. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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