Wakefield Chairman gives club’s stance on IMG, revealing they are ‘not in favour’ of this

IMG last week presented to the RFL Council the recommended grading criteria to define how Super League, RFL Championship and League One clubs will be assessed starting from 2025, as part of the Reimagining Rugby League plans.

Based on a combination of on and off-field variables, the proposed grading criteria are designed to collectively increase clubs’ fanbases, diversify revenues, drive investment into clubs and the sport in a sustainable manner, run clubs in a best-in-class way and ensure strong governance is in place.

The recommended grading criteria cover five areas, with each element contributing to a percentage of the overall weighting, including:

Fandom (25%): encouraging clubs to attract more fans in stadia, at home and digitally, and to improve fan engagement, contributing to both club and central revenues.
Performance (25%): incentivising clubs to perform on the field and drive fan awareness and engagement. Teams will be ranked between 1 and 36 based on where they finish in the leagues for the previous three seasons. Bonus points will be awarded to teams who win league and cup competitions in the previous season.
Finances (25%): reflecting the success of fan engagement and business performance and rewarding sustainable investment, as well as diversified revenue streams and sound financial management.
Stadium (15%): based on a number of factors, including facilities and utilisation, which add value to the fan and broadcast or digital viewer experience, and match or exceed competition from other sports and events.
Catchment (10%): based on area population and the number of clubs in the area, with a view to maximising growth of the sport in the largest markets to generate new fan bases and incentivise investment.

Now, speaking on the club’s website, Wakefield Trinity Chairman John Minards has revealed Wakefield’s stance on the matter revealing that they are not in favour of the current promotion and relegation system:

“Michael and I went along to the proposals from IMG and in particular the criteria they have outlined for Super League participation.

“We remain positive about the direction of travel here, we are not in favour of the promotion and relegation system we have at the moment, we would prefer this proposed system.

“However, there is a lot of detail to be filled in. There’s a lot of stuff in these proposals, we need to read them carefully, critique them and ask questions.

“When we have clarification we will see where stand on it.

“We will not vote for anything that we don’t think is in the best interests of the club and unless it is fair to Wakefield Trinity.”

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