The All Golds’ directors met this week and a key agenda item around the boardroom table was the Guy Fawkes’ Night deadline for bids to be submitted to the Rugby Football League for admission to the new League 1 South/Southern Premier league scheduled to commence in Spring 2019.
According to Finance Director Joe David: “the directors’ meeting was undoubtedly the best and most constructive so far and included the unanimous support for the submission of the detailed application.”
The club has stressed repeatedly to the governing body that there has to be a long term plan to ensure there is a standards driven and comprehensive development structure for every club and region of the United Kingdom.
Lionel Hurst has been the principal proponent of such a way forward for many years and feels that the sport is finally close to acknowledging that it has to embrace the concept of a national identity: “It is of course essential to proceed in a steady and well balanced fashion but it must be made clear that in the ensuing years there will be promotion and relegation into and out of any new model. There must be a clear route to the very top of the sport for every city, town and village in the land. Moreover the regional divisions beneath the one planned for 2019 must be strengthened and given clear indications that clubs entering them can also plan a destination to higher echelons of the sport via promotion and relegation.”