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5 years ago By James Stott

The latest Community Board meeting was held on Thursday July 19 and below is a summary of the main decisions.

The minutes from previous meetings can be downloaded here

All of Rugby League’s community game comes under the guidance of the Community Board and is made up of representatives of the RFL, BARLA, Armed Services, English Schools Rugby League and Student Rugby League. There are also representatives covering Tier 3 leagues, Tier 4 adult leagues and Tier 4 youth and junior leagues..

Mid-season satisfaction survey results

The RFL’s mid-season satisfaction survey attracted almost 700 responses from participants which provided excellent feedback on the season so far and the results were presented to the Community Board last week.

The majority of participants indicated that they were enjoying the season so far with positive feedback praising the flexibility, better conditions for training, improved communication and websites.

David Gent, RFL Director of Participation said: “I’d like to thank everyone who took the time to take part in the online survey and provide us with feedback on their experiences so far this season.

“We’ve read every single comment and whilst we’re pleased that the majority of participants are enjoying the season it has also highlighted the issues which we need to address regarding the playing calendar and fixture scheduling.

“There are areas that we can improve but the vast majority of concerns raised were regarding administrative issues such as scheduling of games which can be resolved and we are working hard to sort these out.”

Competition and Operational Rules

The RFL are now working with and consulting with all League Management Groups to consider the implementation of rules throughout the Community Game.

Individual consultation is important to ensure that all rules include all issues that are relevant and necessary to improve the administration of Leagues for both Management Groups and clubs.

The rules are not in place as yet and will be subject to further refinement and improvement once every League has fed back their thoughts.


The Community Board has now clarified how monies shall be divided and paid to clubs where a player has signed a professional contract.

If that player has played for more than one club then only clubs where that player has played more than one complete season will be considered for payment and the monies are divided proportionally to each applicable club.

As part of this policy all League Management Groups must now send registration details to the RFL Community Game Services Department to ensure that all clubs received monies they are due.

2013 Match Officials fees

The paper on Match Official fees for 2013 was passed at the Community Board and will now be circulated to leagues.

The agreed fees are based on the BARLA rates and these will be published and posted on the RFL website in the near future.

Hard ground and pitch inspection policy

A pitch inspection policy has been agreed which represents best practise and common sense and should be used in line with the policy operated by an individual league that a team plays in.

The note is to guide people in making a common sense decision and is to help make a decision.

The key is that we want people to play and not find reasons not to, and we want to avoid people turning up and then not being able to play.

This policy will now be distributed to individual leagues and uploaded on to the RFL website.

Where next?

SHARKS JUNIOR GALA HITS TOWN The Annual Shaw Cross Junior Gala taking in Rugby League from Under 7's to Under 11's gets underway from 10:30am at Leeds Road.
MICK MEETS LIGHTNING BOLT Sharks Open Age and Club Vice Chairman Mick Turner meets Usain Bolt.


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