French Connection
Posted by: almostatyke (IP Logged)
Date: 06 June, 2020 20:26

Many of you guys must know of my French Connection, although, unlike the film of the same name, I do not run a heroin supply chain. Honest. Similarly I do not run a fashion chain.

But there is something in French rugby that we don't have here. They have two divisions with promotion/relegation that is meaningful, unlike the unhealthy Premiership/Championship relationship we have here. They also have a policy of supporting clubs in the north of France in order to try and get a more equal geographical distribution of clubs.

It is not all roses though, they have their problems, but the main point is:

French Rugby clubs represent their community. Without the distraction of football (certainly in many areas of the south of France) the local community will build a stadium, then let a local rugby team play in it for free or next-to-free rent.

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Re: French Connection
Posted by: Albert Fishwick (IP Logged)
Date: 06 June, 2020 20:50

Small towns and even some large villages will have a decent sports ground funded by the municipality. I don't know whether it's down to the local maires wanting to keep up with (or better) the Martins or a more collective approach to doing things.

If I had all the money I've spent on drink ..... I'd spend it on drink.

Re: French Connection
Posted by: WPL (IP Logged)
Date: 07 June, 2020 09:45

I think itís fairly typical of the way a lot of the continent seems to supply sports facilities - where ever you go there is always decent municipal sports grounds that seem to be pretty high standard - here your lucky if a tennis court has a net (even more so if itís complete).

Re: French Connection
Posted by: Bobba (IP Logged)
Date: 09 June, 2020 14:27

The trouble with municipal grounds is that they are never yours. A bit like Headingley and us!

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