London Scottish Turn Semi Pro
Posted by: Rob C (IP Logged)
Date: 02 May, 2020 17:29

Don't suppose they'll be the last...

[www.telegraph.co.uk]

Re: London Scottish Turn Semi Pro
Posted by: Paul Ingleston (IP Logged)
Date: 02 May, 2020 18:24

Rob - not too sure The Telegraph are correct with their headline as Nottingham released this as part of their statement on 17.04.2020. More reporter research required?

‘With this revised income, we have no choice, but to adopt a different rugby model. Next season will see us retaining our status as a professional rugby club, but on a much more part-time basis, with all players combining their rugby for Nottingham with other jobs. Training will move to evenings, with our matches being mostly played on Friday nights as they are at the moment, in order to maximise our income opportunity.
We will put as many players onto retained contracts as we can and have targeted a number of the existing squad, aiming to secure them Championship rugby, but also local employment, in any area that will add to their CV’s. This will be supported by the continuation of our excellent relationships with Nottingham Trent University and several Premiership rugby clubs, who will assist us, by supplementing our existing squad with a number of students and dual registered players. We have a number of plans in place already and are confident we will be able to secure loan players from the Premiership, combined with a proven pathway from NTU, that will at least match what we have at the moment.’

All the best,
Paul

Re: London Scottish Turn Semi Pro
Posted by: Rob C (IP Logged)
Date: 02 May, 2020 19:45

You're right Paul, that's Nottingham, Scottish and, of course, Richmond so far.

Re: London Scottish Turn Semi Pro
Posted by: CharlieBravo (IP Logged)
Date: 03 May, 2020 07:20

This idea has its merits but, equally, has its difficulties. As a direct result of the lockdown many organisations are looking at significantly reducing their workforce and making employees redundant. Some organisations will not be able to emerge from the lockdown at all. So to say that players will be able to combine their rugby commitments with other jobs is a little bit blasé. Unemployment is clearly going to be high, so who says the rugby players will be able to get jobs?

Re: London Scottish Turn Semi Pro
Posted by: covmick1/Michael Carter (IP Logged)
Date: 03 May, 2020 11:41

Another factor to consider is sponsorship. With many companies now in lockdown, the pot that they have for sponsorship will be very small or nil. Hard times are ahead for all sports.



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Re: London Scottish Turn Semi Pro
Posted by: CharlieBravo (IP Logged)
Date: 03 May, 2020 12:17

All of which adds up to a massive gratitude to Jon Sharp who clearly has his finger on the pulse.

Re: London Scottish Turn Semi Pro
Posted by: SimonG19 (IP Logged)
Date: 04 May, 2020 13:32

According to the Chairman of London Scottish There will be six part-time clubs in the Championship next season - Bedford, Nottingham, Ampthill, Hartpury, Richmond and London Scottish.

Re: London Scottish Turn Semi Pro
Posted by: Paul Ingleston (IP Logged)
Date: 04 May, 2020 14:32

SimonG19
I think the London Scottish Chairman is probably correct. Those six clubs mentioned would probably be the ones that I would pick, although I would draw the line at Hartpury Uni/Rugby, or whatever their latest branding will be.
Hartpury will never formally claim to be semi-pro. I don’t see how they can, as they will be nothing more than a Gloucester/Worcester/Bristol dumping ground for the aforementioned clubs wanting to keep getting their overstocked playing staff in game time, keeping just under the DR limits, thereby becoming nothing more than a proving ground for Bill Sweeney and the RFU’s preferred model.

Re: London Scottish Turn Semi Pro
Posted by: PaulRossborough (IP Logged)
Date: 04 May, 2020 18:57

I wonder how many of the players whose clubs will be going part time will continue at their respective clubs and how many will be looking elsewhere.



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Re: London Scottish Turn Semi Pro
Posted by: rustyroof (IP Logged)
Date: 04 May, 2020 22:40

Supporters even half expecting next season to happen are being extremely optimistic.

Re: London Scottish Turn Semi Pro
Posted by: poplarside (IP Logged)
Date: 05 May, 2020 08:43

Very good point rustyroof. When 'next season' happens isn't entirely certain. Whenever it does begin there may be more than the 6 clubs taking the part-time option and perhaps some not participating in the league at all.

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