RFL to commence Player Production Policy in 2016

The RFL have revealed that their new Player Production Policy will get underway in 2016, the aim of which is to produce more and better players at all levels of the sport.

Running from Under-7s right up to Super League, a number of different programmes will be brought together under its banner.

These programmes include a new Primary Rugby League format, the development of high quality talent development environments and player development camps – both as part of the Embed the Pathway programme and the Academy Under-16 and Under-19 programmes.

The Player Production Policyhas come about as a result of the game-wide Policy Review which was conducted in 2013.

The policy has been developed since then, with significant consultation conducted with Super League, the Championship and the wider community game.

RFL Chief Operating Officer Ralph Rimmer said: “The first focus of everyone in Rugby League is to support our young players as they develop through our sport.

“The Player Production Policy supports players and reduces the risk of over-playing and under-preparation as well as promoting the Embed the Pathway programme of player development which is available to all players at all Community Clubs and schools.”

Pat Crawshaw, Chairwoman of the Community Board Player Production Sub-Group, added: “Consultation has been key to the production of this policy with new lines of communication across the different sectors of the game being a positive outcome.

“It is to be hoped that now the whole game will embrace this policy for the benefit of Rugby League at all levels. The Community Board will continue to monitor progress.”

Information evenings will be held with community clubs in December 2015.

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