RFL to hold Championships seminar

The RFL will hold a landmark seminar in Coventry on April 14 for clubs that are interested in joining the Co-operative Championships from 2012.

Representatives from Engage Super League clubs including St Helens Chief Executive Tony Colquitt will join RFL officials and special guests to discuss the opportunities available for clubs looking to join Rugby League’s second tier and explore the different possibilities.

RFL Chief Operating Officer Ralph Rimmer said: The importance of this seminar cannot be overstated. 

“This is our opportunity to talk to interested parties about what can be achieved in Championship 1 from 2012 onwards and we look forward to meeting representatives from a variety of clubs and regions.

“The event promises to be not only entertaining but also to be of great interest to any club or area who may be considering taking this first step.”

Representatives from a number of interested clubs will be attending alongside delegates from local authorities, tertiary education establishments and other key stakeholders as it is recognised that successful clubs will form partnerships in their local areas.

Expressions of interest are currently being sought by the RFL from any clubs in the UK that are interested in joining the Co-operative Championships between 2012 and 2015. 

The RFL has announced that it intends to further expand the Co-operative Championships during this period.

The initial deadline for expression of interest submissions from clubs has been put back to 12.00pm on April 15 to give interested clubs the opportunity to attend the seminar before submitting their bid.

Clubs are asked to express their interest by e-mailing Chris Thair in the RFL’s Club Support Unit – chris.thair@rfl.uk.com.

Submissions should consist of no more than three pages of information which include when they wish to enter, why they would add value to the competition and details about their infrastructure including standard of home ground. 

Each club will be contacted within 10 days of their submission and a meeting arranged to progress matters and all submissions will be kept in confidence unless instructed otherwise.

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