London Broncos to operate as part-time club from 2022

London Broncos are set to ground-share with AFC Wimbledon at Plough Lane
London Broncos are to revert to being a part-time club from 2022.

The Broncos, who were members of the inaugural Super League in 1996, retained a full-time squad despite their relegation in 2019 but have taken the decision to go part-time following a second successive season of disappointment in the Championship.

The club say they have also been influenced by an anticipated cut in central funding for 2022 following a reduction in income from the new television deal with Sky.

The announcement comes as the club prepares to move into a ground-sharing arrangement with AFC Wimbledon at their new Plough Lane stadium.

A statement said: “Following what has been a very disappointing season for the club and its supporters in 2021 which has seen the Broncos fall way behind the pace set by other teams in the Betfred Championship, including several part-time sides, it has been decided that in 2022 we will adjust our squad to that of a part-time team as part of an overhaul of the first team squad.

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“Financially, the club will be receiving a vastly reduced central distribution in 2022 and we have had to make changes to offset this reduction which has led to the decision that has been taken by the club.

“The London Broncos will increase the level of financial input into our highly-successful academy and scholarship programme as well as work with the community game in London and the South East to continue to develop professional rugby league players as we take the opportunity to restructure the club ahead of our planned move to Plough Lane in 2022.

“Off the field, a huge amount of work is being undertaken in several areas to ensure that rugby league in London continues to thrive and that the Broncos are able to return stronger for a promotion push in seasons to come with a squad littered with home-grown players and a solid supporter base in our new home.”

7 Comments

  1. A sad day for Rugby League, and our club London Broncos, just when we are ready to move to an amazing new stadium in Wimbledon, do we seriously think new fans will come to watch a part time team, that will struggle to complete.

    I was at the first Match at Fulham, and have been loyal since, but now I have serious concerns, it sums up Rugby League at present.

  2. Like so many other clubs London Broncos have a poor fan base so going part time seems to be a logical step. They should concentrate on improving their support and can probably learn from Barrow Raiders who they will meet next season.

  3. It is a sad day, but not unexpected. Unfortunately there isn’t enough money in rugby league to grow the game, and even the established teams appear to be struggling financially. I wish London Broncos every success in their new move, I really hope they can keep the club going and thrive.

    Is there any way the owners can build up a mini amateur league in London, and then draw players from this pool? Get enough participation and competition amongst local teams going, and it will sustain itself (ie like The Dragons do in France, and the heartland clubs do up north)

  4. Rugby League miss the boat again. How they can allow a team with some much potential for growth drift away. I understand the need for change in the game to bring new audiences in. They say this all the time. But you can’t do that without getting it right with the club’s already in the game. What new potential investor will look at the game and think there’s money or riches to be involved with in rugby league when established northern clubs can’t compete. Get your house in order first and then the product will look attractive to others. Walk before you can run. Good luck London

  5. Sad day for the club, but even worse for the loyal supporters who have been ignored and simply drifted away over the last 15 years under the current ownership model.
    The move to Wimbledon with additional costs for training facilities makes no fiscal sense, but then again, this is London Broncos. For every pound their owner has flushed, he’s also flushed another pound of central funding. £200,000 a year in rent to host 13 games next year when this year they have struggled to take 4k on the gate?????

  6. I’m really confused; thought London was a massive opportunity for expansion? Thought London, Rochdale, Coventry, Wales/Cumbria etc were all massive with massive opportunities for massive amounts of growth that will bring massive amounts of new fans that will introduce massive new sponsors to the game?

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