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Rumour [not any more] championship clubs rfu brutal slash funding
Posted by: aidanb (IP Logged)
Date: 11 February, 2020 14:16

Championship funding to be cut in half



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 12/02/2020 09:54 by aidanb.

Re: Rumour
Posted by: DocA27 (IP Logged)
Date: 11 February, 2020 16:14

Seen this all over the twittersphere today. If that’s the case, you have to imagine ring fencing is next.

Re: Rumour
Posted by: GeordieFalcon (IP Logged)
Date: 11 February, 2020 16:19

Yeah you would have thought so.

Re: Rumour
Posted by: alas (IP Logged)
Date: 11 February, 2020 19:31

Maybe they can find something else to fine Sarries for and distribute the money to the other championship clubs.

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Posted by: alas (IP Logged)
Date: 11 February, 2020 21:12


Re: Rumour
Posted by: Falc Dancer (IP Logged)
Date: 12 February, 2020 08:37

Reading an RFU statement this morning, the cut in funding is the RFU reverting to 2015 levels in funding. It appears they don’t believe they got value for money from the increase in funding as the Championship doesn’t provide players for the national side

Re: Rumour [not any more] championship clubs rfu brutal slash funding
Posted by: Falcona (IP Logged)
Date: 12 February, 2020 10:33

For immediate release: Wednesday 12 February, 2020
Issued on behalf of The Greene King IPA Championship


RFU funding of the Greene King IPA Championship

The Rugby Football Union (RFU) will continue to provide financial support to the Greene King IPA Championship next season (2020/21) following the conclusion of the current agreement which ends in June.

Aggregate funding will amount to approximately £288,000 per club and represents a return to the levels of funding prior to the 2016 - 2020 cycle.

As previously, elements of this funding will be ringfenced and increased for player medical insurance and be conditional on meeting England Qualified Player (EQP) targets.

Bill Sweeney, RFU CEO said “This is a decision based on a principle of ensuring levels of investment are geared to a clear return on investment. There are many worthy requirements from both the professional and community game and we need to make sure that every pound spent is clearly justified. The decision we have made is connected to a wider review of strategic objectives and resource allocation.

“The decision taken in 2015 to increase Championship funding significantly was against a set of objectives and deliverables that we do not believe have been achieved.

“Ultimately the difference in the levels of funding between the current agreement and our new commitment will not be the deciding factor for clubs with aspirations for promotion and will always require additional investment. The gateway is still open for clubs to get into the Premiership if they have the necessary financial resources and meet the minimum standards required.

"The Championship is, and will continue to be, a useful way for players to get additional developmental experience, but we do not believe it is the primary place where Premiership and England players are discovered and developed.”

-ends-

Re: Rumour [not any more] championship clubs rfu brutal slash funding
Posted by: GeordieFalcon (IP Logged)
Date: 12 February, 2020 11:21

So this will mean evenmore responsibility for clubs like the falcons to have their academy...and links to clubs around them.

Re: Rumour [not any more] championship clubs rfu brutal slash funding
Posted by: Monkey1 (IP Logged)
Date: 12 February, 2020 12:18

This does look like the drawbridge coming up for a 13 team Premiership league. Not surprising as the gulf between elite level rugby & the rest has increased over the years. We have the smallest budget of the lot, but we still dwarf the other clubs in the Championship. It is the professional clubs who nurture & employ the professional players, and these are the ones that earn the money to be brutally honest, so those outside of that group can't really complain if they don't get their hands on that income stream.

The Championship clubs will squeal like stuck pigs and I have sympathy for their point of view, but it has been inevitable for some time and they can't complain that they didn't see it coming.

Re: Rumour [not any more] championship clubs rfu brutal slash funding
Posted by: Exiled Falcon (IP Logged)
Date: 12 February, 2020 13:23

It would be nice if the RFU were a little clearer with regard to what exactly their expectations for the Championship were. At least then there could maybe be some justification / context for what doesn't seem to be a particularly popular move.

Having said that, on this board we have had comments that a lot of clubs have pretty poor infrastructure and even more comments that the standard in the Championship is pretty dire. Therefore you can maybe see where the RFU are coming from. As long as the £3m or whatever is invested in grass roots / facilities etc etc.

Re: Rumour [not any more] championship clubs rfu brutal slash funding
Posted by: Barry555 (IP Logged)
Date: 12 February, 2020 15:31

Quote:
Monkey1
This does look like the drawbridge coming up for a 13 team Premiership league. Not surprising as the gulf between elite level rugby & the rest has increased over the years. We have the smallest budget of the lot, but we still dwarf the other clubs in the Championship. It is the professional clubs who nurture & employ the professional players, and these are the ones that earn the money to be brutally honest, so those outside of that group can't really complain if they don't get their hands on that income stream.
The Championship clubs will squeal like stuck pigs and I have sympathy for their point of view, but it has been inevitable for some time and they can't complain that they didn't see it coming.

Spot on Monkey. Can't expect funding to be dished out when you don't see the return. Clubs need their own backers to pump money into the clubs knowing they probably won't see it back again if they want to get to Prem standard. As is mentioned we work on smallest budget in the Prem yet we dwarf the Championship clubs.

However I do have some sympathy with the Champ clubs . . . .. . have the RFU succeeded in providing them in any Championship specific funding or championship specific TV deal? It is a RFU tournament after all.

Vicious circle of not many big backers willing and no Championship specific funding.

Bad times for Champ clubs im afraid!

Statements from Championship Clubs
Posted by: Falcona (IP Logged)
Date: 12 February, 2020 16:32

Statements Coming in from Championship Clubs

For immediate release: Wednesday 12 February, 2020
Issued on behalf of Nottingham Rugby

In response to the RFU funding announcement

STATEMENT FROM THE CHAIRMAN

On the morning of Tuesday 11th February, just prior to arriving at Twickenham for a Championship Club’s meeting with the RFU, I (Alistair Bow) received a letter from their new Chief Executive - Bill Sweeney, backed up by a presentation, outlining their decision to cut Championship funding by approximately 50% next season and with no guarantee of funding at all thereafter. The RFU have now released a statement detailing this news to the media.

As I am sure you will expect, it has come as somewhat of a surprise to most, if not all Championship Clubs’ and it puts almost all clubs in a very difficult position. There has been no warning, no opportunity for negotiation, or discussion and very little notice to be able to make informed business decisions on the back of it.

Clubs, including Nottingham, have been in the process of securing contracts for players and coaches in recent months and these will need to be reviewed alongside a thorough assessment of what our future trading and performance might look like. It will also come as a huge shock to players, coaches and support staff across the game and I am sure will affect many people’s livelihoods.

The Nottingham Rugby board are extremely disappointed with the RFU announcement and subsequent reduction in funding, but we are even more disappointed and somewhat astounded at the underhand and deplorable way that we feel this has been communicated. To give Championship Clubs next to no notice to be able to take action is not acceptable and we will be meeting urgently to review our strategy and consider our position going forwards.

The club will be making a further statement following a period of reflection by the board.

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For immediate release: Wednesday 12 February, 2020
Issued on behalf of Coventry Rugby

Coventry Rugby statement

Coventry Rugby’s management has noted today’s announcement by the Rugby Football Union with regard to central funding for the 2020/21 season.

We are obviously disappointed by the decision, especially as it is punishing us against deliverables which were set out while Coventry Rugby was not in the Championship, even though we meet key objectives such as pathways for our players and coaches as well as a thriving community programme which is above some Premiership standards.

We are also disappointed that the RFU has not been transparent in its statement in that the reduction represents a 50 percent cut, and that at no point has funding – England qualified players aside – been contingent on meeting the objectives set out in the rationale given to the national media, nor has there been any audit process in place.

Nevertheless, we remain committed to being a professional rugby club that the people of Coventry and Warwickshire can be proud of, which is already reflected in the 10 percent increase in attendances we have had this season. We have invested into Butts Park Arena to make it a multi-sport and community hub and have an expansive Academy system which will in time bring the best young players from the area through to play for the first team.

There is still plenty of discussion to be had as we plan for the future, but we remain focused on finishing the current season as positively as we can.

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For immediate release: Wednesday 12 February, 2020
Issued on behalf of Jersey Reds

Reds react to RFU funding bombshell

Jersey Reds have issued a strong riposte to the Rugby Football Union’s announcement of major funding cuts for clubs in the Greene King IPA Championship.

The 12 clubs in English rugby’s second tier, including the Reds, were informed yesterday that annual central funding of £480,000 was to be cut to £288,000 – or 40% – from the end of the current season in May. The RFU confirmed the decision publicly in an announcement this morning by CEO Bill Sweeney.

The decision will have very significant implications for rugby at Championship level, although Reds Chairman Mark Morgan said that the club will be working on a plan to remain as a professional outfit competing at Championship level.

Mark Morgan said: “Championship clubs have been trying for months to get clarity around funding following the end of the current funding agreement this summer. To be presented with this fait accompli when teams are already hiring for next season is immoral and irresponsible.

“There has been zero consultation, engagement, nor explanation before the announcement and no vision for the future of the Championship was provided. With Bill Sweeney’s heralded business background, this is astonishingly poor execution.

“The RFU has talked about ‘missed objectives’. I have attended every Championship meeting at Twickenham over the past 4 years but do not recall this ever being raised by RFU.

“The position the RFU has taken is disrespectful to the great work being done by Championship clubs and the army of volunteers that are involved at all levels who work to deliver a quality product and developmental opportunities for players and coaches alike.

“The lack of any indication about funding beyond the end of the 2020/21 season is a glaring omission and can only be aimed at creating further uncertainty.”

Morgan and other senior officials at the club will be discussing the matter further over the coming days.

“We only received this news at 8am yesterday [Tuesday] but have already been looking at the implications for Jersey Reds,” he added. “A huge amount of hard work, on and off the field, over the past 10 years or more, has made us an established presence in the Championship, finishing in the top half of the table for the last four seasons.

“The club is a major generator of income for the Island and attracts significant numbers of visitors to Jersey. In just a couple of weeks several hundred Newcastle Falcons supporters are set to invade the Island for their club’s fixture here, each spending significant sums during their off-season visit.

“We have no intention of giving up on competing professionally at this level without a fight, and will be talking to all stakeholders in the coming weeks about how we can maintain the club’s position. Clearly a sudden and unexpected drop in income is a massive factor, and not something that we can just shrug off, but we will be seeking to adjust to the cards that have been dealt to us.”

Re: Rumour [not any more] championship clubs rfu brutal slash funding
Posted by: aidanb (IP Logged)
Date: 12 February, 2020 16:47


Re: Rumour [not any more] championship clubs rfu brutal slash funding
Posted by: dick g (IP Logged)
Date: 12 February, 2020 18:35

If, as it has been reported, Champ clubs have not achieved the goals set and have used the dosh as a subsidy, then it is not totally surprising that the RFU has cut the amount it grants.

I think, however, the money should become a prize pot with varying amounts given to successful Champ clubs. The best of these - not more than two or three will be interested - can then prepare for applying to join the ringfenced Premiership.

When they are up, the Championship can become the semi-pro league it is best equipped to be.

Can the English game support more than one pro league? I think not.

Re: Rumour [not any more] championship clubs rfu brutal slash funding
Posted by: aidanb (IP Logged)
Date: 12 February, 2020 20:23

Quote:
dick g
If, as it has been reported, Champ clubs have not achieved the goals set and have used the dosh as a subsidy, then it is not totally surprising that the RFU has cut the amount it grants.
I think, however, the money should become a prize pot with varying amounts given to successful Champ clubs. The best of these - not more than two or three will be interested - can then prepare for applying to join the ringfenced Premiership.

When they are up, the Championship can become the semi-pro league it is best equipped to be.

Can the English game support more than one pro league? I think not.

The clubs have all said no such performance targets existed before they were told they’d been measured against them

Re: Rumour [not any more] championship clubs rfu brutal slash funding
Posted by: tomthepom (IP Logged)
Date: 12 February, 2020 21:29

Quote:
Monkey1

The Championship clubs will squeal like stuck pigs and I have sympathy for their point of view, but it has been inevitable for some time and they can't complain that they didn't see it coming.

Not a fan of your 'pig' analogy Monkey, not very sympathetic... the real pigs are surely in the RFU and PRL ranks with their snouts deep in troughs of cash, claret and G&T?

Inevitable? Sure, the widespread cuts by the RFU in other areas made it unlikely the GKIPAC would survive unscathed - only Eddie's RWC budget did that. But a 40% haircut, less than 3 months before the end of the season, with less than 24 hrs notice prior to the announcement, zero discussion and no adequate explanation? That's different gravy. So yes we can complain that we didn't see [the extent of] it coming. Who do you think we are - Mystic F**king Meg?!

Are you coming to Jersey in 2 weeks? If so, suggest we avoid this as a topic of conversation...

Re: Rumour [not any more] championship clubs rfu brutal slash funding
Posted by: Exiled Falcon (IP Logged)
Date: 12 February, 2020 22:25

I suppose Tom, just to be devils advocate, if the RFU looked at your squad (according to Wikipedia) you have about 22 out of 34 squad members who aren’t English. They aren’t really going to see that as a good use of their funding and you can’t really blame them.

Certainly can’t defend their lack of notice however, and I still want to know what the expectations for Championship clubs was.

Re: Rumour [not any more] championship clubs rfu brutal slash funding
Posted by: tomthepom (IP Logged)
Date: 13 February, 2020 08:15

Amazed that people still trust Wikipedia as a credible source of info, it takes no account of whether players are English-qualified or not. Probably lists Manu Tuilagi as Samoan for all I know/care. Current funding is dependent on having 16 EQPs in every match-day squad, averaged over each month, and we (Jersey) have always exceeded that number. It would be impossible not to, as have never had more than the maximum allowed number of non-EQP fit and and available for selection...

Re: Rumour [not any more] championship clubs rfu brutal slash funding
Posted by: Exiled Falcon (IP Logged)
Date: 13 February, 2020 08:25

Fair comment Tom, and I did qualify as 'according to Wikipedia'! I find it quite surprising that you still only need 70% EQP in the Championship but that's another argument altogether.

Re: Rumour [not any more] championship clubs rfu brutal slash funding
Posted by: Monkey1 (IP Logged)
Date: 13 February, 2020 08:50

Tom.

Squeal like stuck pigs is a well known saying, and refers to the sound made by pigs when you poke them with a stick. I didn't call anybody a pig.

Please note that you did call people pigs.

In England it is considered unacceptable to call people pigs. Perhaps things are different in Jersey.

As for the money side of things, I would not be surprised if this stems from the rumblings within PRL at present, and clubs like ours arguing that the salary cap has become ridiculously unaffordable by most clubs, leaving them with the options of either living beyond their means such as Wasps, who are looking like a financial time-bomb, or not being able to compete. If the 13 clubs in the cartel are arguing for a greater slice of the dosh which they earn through TV rights etc & by providing the RFU with its international players, they could put a lot of pressure on the RFU.

The Championship does not have much in the way of commercial appeal. That is a plain fact, and unless something happens to change that, it will never earn enough money to meet the ambitions of the clubs that try to compete in that competition. The extra money that was pumped in by the RFU from 2015 onwards was very clearly stated as being to achieve certain aims. If those aims have not been met then the extra funding can be reasonably stopped at the end of that agreed period. I don't have a problem with any of that, but the timing, and it appears that consultation & negotiations about funding after this period has been pretty much zero, is completely unacceptable. That is utterly shambolic. I don't see how the RFU can justify giving less than 12 months notice of this sort of change.

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