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Good on the RFL for trying to get all of the funding they can and I hope it comes off. It does smack of a complete failure of the RFL to actually do any of this stuff itself though and the 'strategy' is really just asking for money, £100m in this case:

The Rugby Football League has today launched a new National Facilities Strategy, aiming to unlock investment of £100m to facilitate the sport’s unique ability to transform lives and strengthen communities in some of the most challenged parts of the country.

Ahead of the General Election, the RFL has written to party leaders calling for their support, and emphasising the successes of the World Cup in 2022 and the CreatedBy facilities programme, which transformed £10m of Government funding into more than £27m of investment into clubs and foundations.

The Strategy has been developed by the specialist consultants Knight, Kavanagh & Page, based on a national consultation process with Community Rugby League Clubs and Charitable Community Organisations.

https://www.rugby-league.com/article/62783/rfl-aiming-to-unlock-£100m-in-levelling-up-investment-for-national-facilities-strategy#:~:text=The Rugby Football League has,challenged parts of the country.

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Only Rugby League could turn this positive story into a "complete failure".

Be happy for a change.

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Every single sport asks for money from the government, regardless of what they have done to raise funds themselves, the RL is no different here.

Sounds like a good initiative that is clearly timed with the election coming up, RL fans are supposedly a "key demographic" to all sides (Workington man etc last time) so a wise move to utilise this.

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56 minutes ago, Whippet13 said:

Every single sport asks for money from the government ...

For example, here's cricket getting £35m to invest in facilities: https://www.sportengland.org/news-and-inspiration/statement-new-government-cricket-fund

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There may be a chance of funding via a 'levelling up' initiative by an incoming Labour government. 

Seems like an appropriate time to request funds. However, the current Shadow Chancellor has been consistently frugal in her fiscal approach to the UK economy. 

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1 hour ago, Whippet13 said:

Every single sport asks for money from the government, regardless of what they have done to raise funds themselves, the RL is no different here.

Sounds like a good initiative that is clearly timed with the election coming up, RL fans are supposedly a "key demographic" to all sides (Workington man etc last time) so a wise move to utilise this.

Whichever party wins Leigh, South Warrington, Workington, Morley, Dewsbury, Wakefield etc wins this election. Crucial that we leverage that position if we possibly can.

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I can confirm 30+ less sales for Scotland vs Italy at Workington, after this afternoons test purchase for the Tonga match, £7.50 is extremely reasonable, however a £2.50 'delivery' fee for a walk in purchase is beyond taking the mickey, good luck with that, it's cheaper on the telly.

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11 minutes ago, Just Browny said:

Whichever party wins Leigh, South Warrington, Workington, Morley, Dewsbury, Wakefield etc wins this election. Crucial that we leverage that position if we possibly can.

Worth remembering that the only sport with a manifesto commitment from the Tories in 2019 was rugby league - confirming their financial commitment to the RLWC through northern powerhouse funding.

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19 minutes ago, gingerjon said:

Worth remembering that the only sport with a manifesto commitment from the Tories in 2019 was rugby league - confirming their financial commitment to the RLWC through northern powerhouse funding.

Workington man after all.

It's good to see the RFL leveraging any support it can get from any party.

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1 hour ago, Whippet13 said:

Every single sport asks for money from the government, regardless of what they have done to raise funds themselves, the RL is no different here.

Sounds like a good initiative that is clearly timed with the election coming up, RL fans are supposedly a "key demographic" to all sides (Workington man etc last time) so a wise move to utilise this.

Most charities employ/contract people to find and engage with every possible grant opportunity.  No reason why the RFL can’t do this.

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34 minutes ago, Lowdesert said:

Most charities employ/contract people to find and engage with every possible grant opportunity.  No reason why the RFL can’t do this.

Quite.

It's naive to see this as "just asking for money".  You need to put a plan together to justify the grant.  There's a lot of work needed in grant applications.  It's a specialist job.

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The RFL are generally incompetent on many fronts, but fair play on this. A great initiative that should be applauded. Hope it succeeds.

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4 minutes ago, Griff said:

Quite.

It's naive to see this as "just asking for money".  You need to put a plan together to justify the grant.  There's a lot of work needed in grant applications.  It's a specialist job.

We (RL clubs/RFL/Communities etc) should be actively doing this.  It is not begging but being smart

I would think that many Community Clubs have parents or associates that are well aware of the processes and what ‘boxes’ need to be ticked before even applying.  The initial application would be their ‘interview’, so it’s important to be right.  Identifying these would help as would any pointers from the RFL or other awarding bodies.

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4 minutes ago, Lowdesert said:

We (RL clubs/RFL/Communities etc) should be actively doing this.  It is not begging but being smart

I would think that many Community Clubs have parents or associates that are well aware of the processes and what ‘boxes’ need to be ticked before even applying.  The initial application would be their ‘interview’, so it’s important to be right.  Identifying these would help as would any pointers from the RFL or other awarding bodies.

This is getting to my original point that some chose to twist and of course you need to put together a case to justify funding etc, I really didn't think people would need that pointing out. It is certainly a skill in itself, that's why other sports have people dedicated resources helping clubs with this.

This is something the sport should have been doing for decades and as a sport we have lagged behind compared to the likes of RU. Our 'infrastructure' leaves a lot to be desired, to the extent that we are now asking for £100 million to catchup. Other sports have invested a lot over the years on all this stuff and actively helped clubs with applying for grants etc. We were well behind the curve here. Other sports governing bodies have also put in their own money into investing in facilities with clear strategies and goals in place. We actually lose some kids because there are much nicer facilities in other sports.

Asking for money and putting together a case is great, I'm all for it. Why would you not be? I just don't particularly see the strategy here, it's all very vague stuff with little substance. Also beyond that what is the strategy for improving facilities if the sport doesn't get this £100 million?

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Difficult to see how else this

"It does smack of a complete failure of the RFL to actually do any of this stuff itself though and the 'strategy' is really just asking for money, £100m in this case."

could have been interpreted as anything but criticism and negativity but I'll assume it was just clumsy wording.

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52 minutes ago, Griff said:

Difficult to see how else this

"It does smack of a complete failure of the RFL to actually do any of this stuff itself though and the 'strategy' is really just asking for money, £100m in this case."

could have been interpreted as anything but criticism and negativity but I'll assume it was just clumsy wording.

Probably difficult for you when you choose to ignore the first line:

"Good on the RFL for trying to get all of the funding they can and I hope it comes off."

I have no issues with trying to get this funding as I said. If you don't think the RFL have failed to develop the games infrastructure in this country and not invested in it then that's up to you. Happy to agree to disagree.

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Quangos allocating resources aim to maximize the health and fitness benefits of participation in sport. The knowledge that Tackle RL will only ever be played by a small minority is bound to influence their decisions. They may also be conscious of publicity around concussion and other injuries potentially sustained playing Tackle RL.

Some JRL clubs in NSW now have more Tag registrations than Tackle. To emphasize - this is League Tag, not Oztag. Clubs deliver Tackle and Tag in tandem throughout the grades. This is the basis on which they secure publicly-funded upgrades to their facilities.

RFL belatedly partnering with Try Tag Rugby (OzTag) is a welcome step. It is however largely cosmetic. Won't help the RFL or RL clubs make successful applications for funding because TTR is organized separately.

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On 30/05/2024 at 09:45, gingerjon said:

Worth remembering that the only sport with a manifesto commitment from the Tories in 2019 was rugby league - confirming their financial commitment to the RLWC through northern powerhouse funding.

Also worth considering that for the millions that came from the CreatedBy Legacy Funding, and more recently the Community Grass Pitch Maintenance Fund, some monies were, and continue to be unallocated as clubs simply didn't bid for it. I find that startling when so many people want to have a pop at the RFL first. It was literally presented to clubs on a plate. Come to think of it, so was the Covid Grant, and the RFL had to work really hard to get rid of that too.

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Folk have no idea how much grant money the RFL get.

Doesn't stop them criticising, though 

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