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IMG’s minimum standards

Yesterday the amendments to IMG’s Grading Criteria were revealed.

A new inclusion were the introduction of minimum standards.

RFL CEO Tony Sutton explained yesterday: “I think it’s important to note that these are all elements of existing framework that have been pulled together into the minimum standards practice, there’s eight overall.

“All eight are already on the regulatory framework. A consistent theme of feedback from the consultation period was measurement of talent and performance, therefore what we are proposing is a minimum standard for Grade A and B clubs where you would have to have a pathway plan agreed and looked at, with the specific requirement at Grade A that the pathway must include a women’s team.

“A second one is about community game and development. Grade A and B clubs must have a foundation that’s incorporated and registered with the charities commission.

“There is other minimum standards across the eight but they are much more generic, so a breach of operational rules of a certain level will fall under the minimum standards. That’s quite a high level, it’s not the aim to catch teams and things that are marginal.”

It was later explained that the intention will be that these minimum standards will be published and released in the aftermath of next Wednesday’s meeting, but the headlines and what the categories are has been released.

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