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Balderstone…..Hornets’ future?


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On 25/01/2023 at 10:45, glemiln said:

https://www.hornetsrugbyleague.co.uk/article/1208/community-club-launch-plus-facilities-redevelopment

It will be interesting how this develops for Hornets over time and especially in relation to the Crown facilities.

Firgrove to be ditched for 2024.

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Walking the Balderstone site back in April last year with Rochdale Hornets director Tony Sheridan our CEO Steve Kerr and Chris Tomlinson our Rochdale Hornets Sporting Foundation director the future, vision and our direction of travel was becoming very clear 🙌
Fast forward to January 2023 we now have Jason Seddon onboard to bring vast experience and expertise to all aspects of development, Gareth Walker advising and consulting on communications & media and have recruited former Wakefield and Salford development officer Craig Fisher full time to increase, diversify and up scale our delivery within the heart of the community 🏉
To quote Steve Kerr in the press release “By 2024 Hornets new community hub will be a hive of activity providing new and exciting opportunities to play sport and rugby league. We believe it will be a unique blueprint in rugby league”
Huge thank you must go to Rochdale Borough Council for supporting our vision to become one of the most inclusive and diverse rugby league clubs in the country and enable us to change lives in the Borough and maximise our impact on all of our communities in #Rochdale 🏉🐝
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54 minutes ago, Athleticgrounds said:

Little point in stopping at Spotland, breakdown with the football club is not retrievable, with the help of grant's its an entirely feasible project, to expand Balderstone.

It was always on the cards that the football club would renege on the deal with Hornets. It was just a question of when. 

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Which part of the written and signed agreement have they reneged on?

Anything beyond a written agreement was not something RAFC committed to but was more a personal arrangement with the previous RAFC chair and was valid only as long as he was chair. Given the leadership problems currently being experienced at RAFC this is unlikely to change in the immediate future.

I agree that sadly the prospect of a good effective partnership with RAFC is highly unlikely so an alternative is the way forward.

I hope both clubs succeed and regret this cannot be based on a heathy relationship.

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2 hours ago, Athleticgrounds said:

Little point in stopping at Spotland…

If that is the club’s intent, with Balderstone the chosen future **what is the expected outcome time frame to meet the RFL minimum requirements for it to be feasible for League 1, even with, sadly, our current low supporter base?

** beyond the “community hub”

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If Dale go out of the league after 100 years which looks likely then Gauge and Co will probably be on their way. Apart from Hornets they seem to have upset a lot of people and now seem to be demanding help from the Council! Should this occur let’s hope a new board at Dale will be more understanding. Monies will be even scarcer in the National League as we have discovered with relegation.

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2 hours ago, Excolt 1 said:

If Dale go out of the league after 100 years which looks likely then Gauge and Co will probably be on their way. Apart from Hornets they seem to have upset a lot of people and now seem to be demanding help from the Council! Should this occur let’s hope a new board at Dale will be more understanding. Monies will be even scarcer in the National League as we have discovered with relegation.

They seem to be the sort of people that “ know the price of everything and the value of nothing “.

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