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RFL Update - OurLeague Active Memberships


A Community Game update from the RFL, regarding OurLeague Active Memberships


Last weekend we formally launched Our League Active for the 2022 Community Season.

We’ve been working towards this point throughout the year and even before that, consulting regularly with Community players, clubs, and leagues as well as our own Community Board to ensure their voices were heard.

There have been a good number of meetings with representatives from across the Community Game including all leagues and affiliate leagues as well as clubs.

There was also a public survey regarding Our League Active – and there have been several significant changes to the details of the membership scheme, most obviously to the pricing structure.

Participants of the sport will have received this E-Mail on Friday evening ahead of the launch. 

We didn’t respond publicly to the attempt to undermine the launch last Friday afternoon. Addressing a couple of the specifics, there has been an extensive consultation process, as referred to above – and we also provided “open Book” access to NCL Chair Trevor Hunt and Thatto Heath Chair Mike Denning at the RFL’s Media City offices during the summer.

They asked for detail of the level and cost of RFL support of the community game, and we were happy to provide it. Following their day at RFL HQ, Trevor said: “We were provided with evidence-based facts, figures, projections and case examples whilst being talked through the various legal processes that are undertaken on behalf of the Community game and the players and volunteers within it. And we were given a full understanding of the implications of non-compliance to an unsuspecting but well-meaning individual if any of these processes should not be completed appropriately, and then something went wrong! 

“We left the sessions with a full understanding of what the running of a Community Sport in 2021 (and beyond) necessitates to ensure compliance with numerous Government regulatory, medical and legal requirements; what this means to individuals, clubs and Leagues; and with a full and clear idea of the Sport England directives with regard to Community sport self-sustainability, training and education.”

The notes from that meeting are available to view here.

There is also a breakdown of Community Game costings available here (this has been available for several months and shared widely).

This is such an important moment. It is in the best interests of all parties to ensure we move forward together and continue to improve and develop the Community Game - and Our League Active is pivotal to doing so.

To use a couple of recent examples, Our League coverage of NCL Finals Day, and RFL social media support requires a central administration; securing the CreatedBy World Cup funding for improved facilities requires a National Governing Body with strong relationships with Government. This is not to mention the extensive work that goes on behind the scenes by the way of safeguarding, Match Official recruitment, Coach training, DBS approvals, a central operating system and much more.

We’re in the process of finalising plans for the 2022 Betfred Challenge Cup, which will see the return of community clubs after the unavoidable disruption of 2021 – the sponsors are genuinely excited by this prospect. At this stage we envisage the First Round in mid-January, which means a draw in December – more fantastic opportunities to promote the community game.

We would urge all receiving this message to get behind Our League Active, to help us in explaining why it’s necessary, and why it can be such a boost for the community game.

The full FAQs are here.


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