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BARLA Conference League
Following reports of continued unrest with the wholesale
RFL move to summer, interest has now been rekindled in
the BARLA Conference League as a viable option for teams
who are looking for a well administered, quality competition
played in the traditional September to April season.
Reportedly teams are discovering that the grass is not
quite as green on the other side despite being courted and
wooed by various benefits in a massive drive towards a
summer game by the RFL in the months leading up to the

Many clubs are reported as being very disappointed with
the way that competition is panning out and in some worrying
examples, are finding it hard to raise 17 players for
their fixtures.

The proposed BARLA Conference which failed to get off the
ground last summer through lack of interest, could if
needed be up and running for a September start and
would run to April/May with a possible break after Christmas
should that option be taken.

BARLA open age chair Malcolm Sellers insists that the
BARLA Conference League still remains a viable option for
any team who are looking to playing their rugby at the
standards, both on and off the field to those they are accustomed, this includes any club who didn’t qualify for NCL
inclusion by not meeting criteria.

Mr. Sellers said, “BARLA worked very hard last year to put
together a package to offer any clubs who wished to remain
in a traditional September to April season. The package
which was partly supported by sponsors included; support
with travel, match officials and funding all centred
around development and education.”

He added, “The interest was mainly Yorkshire based and
disappointingly, we fell just short of the number of clubs
that were needed to operate a successful division. I believe
that with the inclusion a few clubs to the west of the
Pennines, then the league would have taken off. It seemed
that clubs were just treading water waiting to see who was
going to take the step.”

Malcolm finished by saying, “The whole package is still on offer
and sponsors are still in the wings ready with their support
when called for. BARLA introduced the NCL some years
ago and I’m convinced that the BARLA Conference League
would once again offer an exciting first class competition.
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