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Discussion started by WPL* (IP Logged), 11 September, 2020 12:45
leeds_shark
WPL*
11 September, 2020 12:45
This was requested on another thread, but I feel it needs it's own one (Admin maybe make a sticky topic)

It has been a long time since we were able to connect with our followers on rugby matters, but there has been a lot going on in the background to rebuild. Enclosed in this newsletter is a summary of progress and more detail will unveiled as we move through the autumn months as we await the return to matches whenever that might be.

AGREEMENT WITH WEST PARK LEEDS
The superb facilities of West Park Leeds in Bramhope will be the Club’s new “home” it will provide the administrative base and training and medical facilities for the squad and match day venue for all home games bar one which, will be staged at Emerald Headingley Stadium. The agreement has been signed off today and Phil Davies commented
“The forth coming season sees the re-set of Leeds Tykes and the move to West Park Leeds wonderful facilities is a crucial part of our future. We are looking to re-capture the spirit, camaraderie and work ethic of previous generations of Leeds Tykes players and supporters and West Park Leeds is the perfect place to successfully achieve our aims and ambitions. Huge thanks to all concerned at the club, from the President, Chairman, committee along with the club’s supporters we really look forward to being a positive influence at the club over the coming seasons.”
West Park Leeds Chairman Graham Chadwick commented “We are delighted to welcome Leeds Tykes to the Sycamores to host their training and matches over the coming years. We have worked together closely in drawing up an agreement that will benefit the players, members and supporters of both clubs.”

NAME CHANGE
From Yorkshire Carnegie to Leeds Tykes! This has now been formalised with the RFU and the new website will be launched very soon together with other social media channels.

CHANGES TO THE BOARD of DIRECTORS of LEEDS RUFC LTD
By way of reminder, the Club is owned by the shareholders of Yorkshire Tykes Ltd (YTL) who have a Board of Directors, but this is a non-trading company simply focussed on raising shareholder funds to help fund the operating company Leeds RUFC. Chris Gibson who was the full time Managing Director of Leeds RUFC has stepped down after many years of service to the Club and Rob Oates and Suzanne Oakes (Company Secretary) have also resigned. I was the only Director to remain and I will now assume the Chief Executive responsibilities. Phil Davies has been appointed to the Board as Director of Rugby with overall responsibility for the entire rugby operation and Alistair Da Costa has taken over as Chairman, Alistair has served on the YTL Board for many years. And Mike Bidgood, who was involved in the formation of the Club returns as Company Secretary. Other appointments are likely to be made in due course.

SERVICES AND MANAGEMENT AGREEMENT WITH LEEDS RHINOS
For the past 13 years Leeds Rhinos have provided a range of training and matchday facilities at Kirkstall and Headingley along with staff support and resource from Commercial Sales, Marketing, PR/Media, HR, ticketing and matchday etc, and this arrangement has now come to an end.
The Rhinos organisation will continue to provide some support and help to promote fixtures and events at Emerald Headingley Stadium but essentially Leeds Tykes are now dependant on their own resource.

RUGBY PARTNERSHIPS
Phil Davies has concluded a ground-breaking partnership with both Leeds University and Leeds Beckett University. Both university rugby departments and staff will be closely aligned and integrated with Leeds Tykes who will provide opportunities for elite players and staff members.
Leeds Tykes Update – 10th September 2019

RUGBY SQUAD AND STAFF STRUCTURE
The staff roles will soon be finalised and 22 players have been contracted for this season, including 10 retained from last season’s squad. More details will be announced soon.

BUDGET
National League Club’s receive only £3,000 from the RFU and the club will be operating on a break even budget. And so the Club can only spend the same amount as it can generate and for next season this is forecast to be £320,000, of which the shareholders will collectively provide £125,000. So a great incentive to generate as much income as possible from members, sponsorships and special events.

COMMERCIAL PLAN
This responsibility rests with me and my focus will be to encourage everyone connected to the Club to contribute whatever they can and also actively encourage friends to offer support. I would like to hear from you if you feel you could help by contacting me at gary.hetherington@leedsrugby.com

SUMMARY
We are about to embark on a reset of the Club. The lofty ambitions of Premiership rugby are for another day and for now we have to create a culture and spirit reminiscent of the former Leeds Tykes days when Phil Davies and then Stuart Lancaster were at the helm. Phil is back and will provide energy, experience and direction and the Club is very dependent on its small but loyal band of stakeholders to embrace this new beginning and play an active role in its future.
I trust this update is of interest and I hope to hear from you soon with any thoughts and suggestions you may have.

Very Best Wishes
Gary Hetherington
CEO



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 12/09/2020 08:17 by Wildwillie .

leeds exile
leeds exile
11 September, 2020 14:09
Thank you for posting this. Interesting reading and I suppose you can make anything sound positive if you want to. Personally I see at as the end of my attending days. Despite the allure of West Park and "all it's facilities" it in no way compares to the redeveloped Headingley which suited me much better. I suspect I will be in the minority in that view but I will follow the club from afar.

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leemingtyke
11 September, 2020 20:47
Wrote a lengthy post on this then thought better of it and deleted it.

Suffice it to say the almost total lack of interest in this tells its own story. 5 months is way too long to not communicate with your fanbase.

daveyjp
daveyjp
11 September, 2020 22:12
Considering 5 months ago we were two weeks in to the start of a situation where the country locked down for what turned out to be months,, it's remarkable everything in the statement has been acheived.

It is still all rather academic as there is no indication of when games will begin.

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Wildwillie
12 September, 2020 08:16
Wow that is a lot of information to absorb after such a long time without any news. Twenty two players contracted! We just need a start date now. (Sm134)

Carnegiette2
Carnegiette2
12 September, 2020 11:44
Positive news - I can see the pragmatic benefits to both us and WPL of this link up. We’ve rattled around HC the last couple of seasons.

But goodness only knows when (even if!) we will start this season.

Lots of players/clubs in limbo currently........

JDH1
JDH1
12 September, 2020 21:01
Good update. Looking forward to the season. I like wpl.

Looking forward to getting me some Leeds Tykes merch too.

Team must be competitive though. If we get the old Tykes spirit back in time anything can happen

leeds_shark
WPL*
13 September, 2020 08:47
I appreciate it’s been a while in coming from the club but it does sound a lot has been going on in the background.

I wonder if the 22 includes players from the Unis as it sounds like there will be a few from there. How will the students coming back if they are delayed effect us?

I though quite transparent and realistic update though!



* not linked to our new home - just the area of Leeds I live in!

NHarf
NHarf
15 September, 2020 13:29
Great to finally have an update, all sounds very promising. I just hope there are enough fans to make it viable - every post these days is followed by the obligatory 'my attending days are over' brigade. I've said it on here before that I truly don't understand how you can turn your back on your club, whatever the situation it finds itself in.

Camquin
Camquin
15 September, 2020 15:31
You need to take twenty players to each game - with five STE for the front row.

So if the 22 includes the university players you are stuffed - after two bad injuries you would be looking for scratch players.

It has to be a core of 22 club players and cover from the university players -

It is a big step up from BUCS to National 1 - Loughborough play in National 2 and their second team plays BUCS Premier. So they would nedto be stepping into a core of good players.

So it depends which 10 you have retained and where the other 12 come from.
So there is much to learn yet.

Of course all of that might be moot if we cannot work out how to cope with this virus.

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almostatyke
15 September, 2020 18:35
I think that GH's comments reflect a "work in progress" situation. I am really pleased that, behind the scenes, the club has made as much progress as reported.
I imagine that once a start date for playing again is announced then there will be scope to increase the squad to the necessary 30+ players.

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leemingtyke
16 September, 2020 20:25
I just think it's worth noting who's name is at the bottom of this statement before getting the bunting out.

I notice West Park Leeds, who have previously said the move can be confirmed when the groundshare contract is finalised, haven't made any further announcements on the subject.

Carnegiette2
Carnegiette2
17 September, 2020 20:02
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leemingtyke
I just think it's worth noting who's name is at the bottom of this statement before getting the bunting out.
I notice West Park Leeds, who have previously said the move can be confirmed when the groundshare contract is finalised, haven't made any further announcements on the subject.

Am told they have confirmed it to their members........

leeds_shark
WPL*
17 September, 2020 21:02
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Carnegiette2
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leemingtyke
I just think it's worth noting who's name is at the bottom of this statement before getting the bunting out.
I notice West Park Leeds, who have previously said the move can be confirmed when the groundshare contract is finalised, haven't made any further announcements on the subject.

Am told they have confirmed it to their members........

I would also be amazed for them to release an update with a quote from the west park chairman if it not had been agreed.



* not linked to our new home - just the area of Leeds I live in!

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leemingtyke
18 September, 2020 20:14
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Carnegiette2
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leemingtyke
I just think it's worth noting who's name is at the bottom of this statement before getting the bunting out.
I notice West Park Leeds, who have previously said the move can be confirmed when the groundshare contract is finalised, haven't made any further announcements on the subject.

Am told they have confirmed it to their members........

I would also be amazed for them to release an update with a quote from the west park chairman if it not had been agreed.

Yep, an ill thought out and fairly stupid comment from me, and fair play to Carnegiette and WPL for putting me in my place.

Think it was borne out of the fact that I just don't trust GH. That bit still stands although I do realise it's probably just me.

Bobba
Bobba
18 September, 2020 21:39
Not just you leemingtike. I would add PC to the distrust list.

Tower
Tower
20 September, 2020 13:32
Controversial:

I do not want sports influenced by politics. When I attend a sporting event I want it free from politics, therefore, if Leeds Tykes start kneeling down on the pitch I will NOT attend anymore.

I will only ever kneel for Queen and God. We should be standing shoulder to shoulder, proud and tall as ALL LIVES MATTER and  we are all equal.

Tower
Tower
20 September, 2020 14:18
Sport should remember it’s hard to live in colour when you just see black and white.


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