LEEDS TYKES (Ex Carnegie)
Posted by: cornishbob (IP Logged)
Date: 12 September, 2020 12:15

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It has been a long time since we were able to connect with our followers on rugby matters, but there has been a lot going on in the background to rebuild. Enclosed in this newsletter is a summary of progress and more detail will unveiled as we move through the autumn months as we await the return to matches whenever that might be.

The superb facilities of West Park Leeds in Bramhope will be the Club’s new “home” it will provide the administrative base and training and medical facilities for the squad and match day venue for all home games bar one which, will be staged at Emerald Headingley Stadium. The agreement has been signed off today and Phil Davies commented
“The forth coming season sees the re-set of Leeds Tykes and the move to West Park Leeds wonderful facilities is a crucial part of our future. We are looking to re-capture the spirit, camaraderie and work ethic of previous generations of Leeds Tykes players and supporters and West Park Leeds is the perfect place to successfully achieve our aims and ambitions. Huge thanks to all concerned at the club, from the President, Chairman, committee along with the club’s supporters we really look forward to being a positive influence at the club over the coming seasons.”
West Park Leeds Chairman Graham Chadwick commented “We are delighted to welcome Leeds Tykes to the Sycamores to host their training and matches over the coming years. We have worked together closely in drawing up an agreement that will benefit the players, members and supporters of both clubs.”

From Yorkshire Carnegie to Leeds Tykes! This has now been formalised with the RFU and the new website will be launched very soon together with other social media channels.

By way of reminder, the Club is owned by the shareholders of Yorkshire Tykes Ltd (YTL) who have a Board of Directors, but this is a non-trading company simply focussed on raising shareholder funds to help fund the operating company Leeds RUFC. Chris Gibson who was the full time Managing Director of Leeds RUFC has stepped down after many years of service to the Club and Rob Oates and Suzanne Oakes (Company Secretary) have also resigned. I was the only Director to remain and I will now assume the Chief Executive responsibilities. Phil Davies has been appointed to the Board as Director of Rugby with overall responsibility for the entire rugby operation and Alistair Da Costa has taken over as Chairman, Alistair has served on the YTL Board for many years. And Mike Bidgood, who was involved in the formation of the Club returns as Company Secretary. Other appointments are likely to be made in due course.

For the past 13 years Leeds Rhinos have provided a range of training and matchday facilities at Kirkstall and Headingley along with staff support and resource from Commercial Sales, Marketing, PR/Media, HR, ticketing and matchday etc, and this arrangement has now come to an end.
The Rhinos organisation will continue to provide some support and help to promote fixtures and events at Emerald Headingley Stadium but essentially Leeds Tykes are now dependant on their own resource.

Phil Davies has concluded a ground-breaking partnership with both Leeds University and Leeds Beckett University. Both university rugby departments and staff will be closely aligned and integrated with Leeds Tykes who will provide opportunities for elite players and staff members.
Leeds Tykes Update – 10th September 2019

The staff roles will soon be finalised and 22 players have been contracted for this season, including 10 retained from last season’s squad. More details will be announced soon.

National League Club’s receive only £3,000 from the RFU and the club will be operating on a break even budget. And so the Club can only spend the same amount as it can generate and for next season this is forecast to be £320,000, of which the shareholders will collectively provide £125,000. So a great incentive to generate as much income as possible from members, sponsorships and special events.

This responsibility rests with me and my focus will be to encourage everyone connected to the Club to contribute whatever they can and also actively encourage friends to offer support. I would like to hear from you if you feel you could help by contacting me at gary.hetherington@leedsrugby.com

We are about to embark on a reset of the Club. The lofty ambitions of Premiership rugby are for another day and for now we have to create a culture and spirit reminiscent of the former Leeds Tykes days when Phil Davies and then Stuart Lancaster were at the helm. Phil is back and will provide energy, experience and direction and the Club is very dependent on its small but loyal band of stakeholders to embrace this new beginning and play an active role in its future.
I trust this update is of interest and I hope to hear from you soon with any thoughts and suggestions you may have.

Very Best Wishes
Gary Hetherington

Re: LEEDS TYKES (Ex Carnegie)
Posted by: *Stalwart (IP Logged)
Date: 12 September, 2020 12:58

Seems very sensible and they are resetting to live within their means. Wish them well.

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