Starting a club
So you want to get involved in running a rugby league club in Scotland?
That's great news, but, it's not always easy, so we here at Scotland Rugby League try to make it as easy as possible for you to become part of our team!
From your first contact with us, to your first match in the conference, we will be supporting your development all of the way.
With advice readily available on structure, development, funding, marketing, coaching, insurances and all other aspects of who to contact and how to go about it, Scotland Rugby League's experienced Development team will be on hand to ensure that all your questions are answered.
We will remind you of one thing, and that is, you only get out what you put in, so the more enthusiastic and hard working you are in starting your club, the more successful you will be in the long term!
Also, there is always plenty of advice on hand from our ever expanding network of community clubs, they have all been through the same process and are a valuable source of knowledge of how things operate on the ground. Scotland Rugby League also operate regional expansion groups where clubs can share best practice and talk about all things rugby league in their region.
In the first instance, please contact Scotland Rugby League's developement team. The development team we will arrange a meeting to come meet you and discuss your ideas, and we'll get the ball rolling for you setting up your own rugby league club.
Remember that starting and running a club on your own can be really hard work, so make sure you have atleast two other people who will actively help you out with the day to day running of the club.
Things to think about
Starting a new club can be quite a daunting prospect, below are some key questions you can ask yourself before you decide. Remember though, the support network is there and Scotland Rugby League will support you as much as possible.
- Have you decided on an age group?
- Have you formed a committee e.g. chair, treasurer, secretary?
- Have you got players that have shown an interest in joining your club? If not, have you devised a recruitment plan?
- Where are you running the club from?
- Geographically, where is your nearest club?
- Finance: have you thought about costs, e.g. buying kit?