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The full details of a strategy for the future of the engage Super League has been unveiled today. The RFL?s Executive Chairman Richard Lewis made a presentation to the media alongside RFL Chief Operatiing Officer Nigel Wood. The main points of the presentation and the strategy are: Super League is in its tenth season with the engage Super League competition currently enjoying great success on many fronts. The League is supported by strong broadcast agreements with major partners Sky Sports and secondary rights holders BBC Sport. Attendances are increasing, an exciting new partnership is in place with a new main sponsor Engage Mutual Assurance, new stadia have been developed with more planned and the Championship deciding Grand Final is a major date in the British sporting calendar. This success provides a great platform on which to plan and build further progress. The following are a result of engage Super League clubs resolving that they and the RFL can work collectively towards some agreed aspirations and overall objectives: Super League to seek to expand to 14 clubs Super League Membership criteria strengthened / Promotion method amended Player workload / season calendar assessed Positive emphasis placed on developing each club?s businesses via marketing and commercial growth Ongoing RFL support for the currently successful partnerships with clubs which create the Junior Player Production and Coach Education Programmes ?Employed? Match Officials operating by 2007 - to enable better preparation and training by leading Match Officials
Commenting on the strategy, the Rugby Football League?s Executive Chairman Richard Lewis said: "The engage Super League is currently enjoying tremendous all round success and thus the competition has a great platform to build on and move towards further growth. ?The strategy aims to deliver a competition which attracts greater levels of investment, can successfully expand and is the driving force behind Rugby League?s vibrant and successful future?. Each of the above objectives and aspirations will be supported by a specific schedule of activity to be carried at club level in partnership with the RFL. This will begin as soon as appropriate. Stay logged onto www.superleague.co.uk for more information about these important developments for the game of Rugby League and the engage Super League.
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After today?s announcement of a strategy for the future of the engage Super League competition, supporters may have some questions about how the news might practically affect them and the club they follow.
Superleague.co.uk has created a series of hypothetical questions and answer which aims to help everybody understand as much as possible about this topic.
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Thanks to www.superleague.co.uk for another great article.