Players’ views sought over season structure
An independent research company has been appointed to canvass the views of over 1,100 Rugby League players on when they would prefer the community game season to be played.
Vision Twentyone have been brought in to conduct a telephone survey among players over the age of 16 who play at community level as part of the consultation process on what time of year the sport should be played.
The different options which are under discussion are for youth, junior and open age teams to play from March–November; to keep the season structure as it is at present; and to introduce a split season which would involve playing between September and June with a break for the winter months of December, January and February.
Vision Twentyone have also set up an online survey which anyone involved in the sport; all players, coaches, administrators, volunteers and interested parties can access and complete by clicking on the link: http://bit.ly/cWRQ93
Interested parties can also give their opinion on the options or find out more information about the process by emailing Andy Harland, the RFL’s National Development Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org or by writing to him at Red Hall, Red Hall Lane, Leeds LS17 8NB.
Alternatively you can simply post your opinions on the wall of the RFL’s official Facebook page - www.facebook.com/rugbyfootballleague
The RFL will be writing to individual leagues, community game clubs and all coaches to give them the opportunity to formally respond to the process and also to encourage them to engage their players in this.
The RFL will also be consulting with other parties such as Sport England and local authorities as part of this formal consultation process which will end with a recommendation that will go forward to the clubs and leagues with the decision ultimately resting with these groups.
The Community Board made the recommendation to enter a formal consultation period following a series of meetings with key organisations and leagues across the community game to gauge opinions on what would be the best time of the year to play Rugby League.
This process was initiated in response to concerns and requests from players and officials involved in the community game over the last season.