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NZRL Independent Review FINAL

NZRL Independent Review FINAL

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A thorough and robust review which provides rugby league in New Zealand with a blueprint to be a sustainable, vibrant and growing sport
A thorough and robust review which provides rugby league in New Zealand with a blueprint to be a sustainable, vibrant and growing sport

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10/17/2011

 
Report o the Independent Review Committee| 
February 2009
–Contributing to New Zealand’s Future
Rugby League
 
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The Status o Rugby League at theTime o the Review
•NosharedvisionforthegamenationallyandnomeaningfulStrategicPlanexistsforthesport •Playernumbersaredecliningwiththegreatestdeclinebeinginthe6-11yearagegroup•Registeredplayernumbersin2008areapproximately17,000whichisverylowcomparedtootherteamsports•Sevenofthe15Districtshaveverymodestnumbers,withTasmanandOtagohavingnoteamsatthetimeoftheReview•NZRLhasaccumulatedlossesof$2.2Mforthe2006and2007periodsandnowhasnocashreserves•NZRLhaslostsupportfromkeyfundingandsponsorshippartners•NZRLlost$2.0Masaresultofitsdecisiontoinvestinbarsintheearly2000s•FourgovernanceandcapabilityReviewsundertakensince2002identiedthatsignicantchangeswererequiredbutevidencesuggestsmanyoftherecommendationsidentiedwerenotimplementedbytheBoardresponsibleatthetime•NZRLhasnosustainableprogrammesinplacetosupportthe“grassroots”game•Nosustainablenationalrepresentativecompetitioncurrentlyexists•NZRLacceptsthathighperformanceis“outsourced”toAustralia,buthasnoeectivestrategiesinplacetomangethis•TheReviewconsultationprocessidentiedthatmajorchangesarerequiredforthesport“tohaveafuture” •The“Kiwis”becametheWorldCupchampionsforthersttimein2008whichdemonstratestheremarkabletalentandpotentialforthesportinNewZealand 
Things have to change
 
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Imagine Rugby League In Five Years Time
•Asavibrantgrowingsport,whichisrenownedasacornerstoneteamsportinNew ZealandalongsideRugby,Cricket,NetballandSoccer.MumsandDadsofallsocio-economicgroupsandethnicbackgroundsandtheirchildrenconsiderRugbyLeagueasoneoftheirsportingoptionsfromaveryyoungage•Asasportthathasethics/standardswhichthewidercommunity(schools,sportstrusts,iwi,localauthorities,parents,etc)areproudtosupport •Asasportthatplaysamajorroleinthedevelopmentandwell-beingoffamiliesandcommunities•WhereplayernumbershaveincreasedsignicantlyyearonyearacrossallageswithstrongactiveClubsfoundinallareasofNewZealand •WhereKiwikidsfromanywhereinNewZealandbelievethattheycouldweartheblackandwhite“Kiwis”jersey,andunderstandthepathwaytogetthere•HavingasustainablestrongnationalcompetitionwhichprovidesasteppingstoneforsomeofNewZealand’seliteplayersonapathwaythroughthenationalcompetitiontotheNRLand“Kiwis”,plusprovidingahighqualitycompetitionforthenexttierofNew Zealandbasedplayers.•Havinganeectivehighperformancestrategywhichhasensuredsustainedexcellenceattheinternationallevel •Havingpaidcapableadministratorsanddevelopmentpersonnelineachofthenew Zonesyearonyearrunningwellstructureddevelopmentprogrammesforjuniors, youthandseniorplayers,aswellasforteammanagers,referees,andcoaches•Having“locked-in”sustainablefundingarrangementsareinplacewhichsupportthe participationandhighperformancegoalsandprogrammesinthesport.Thesefundingarrangementsexistwithanumberofreputableproviders(includingdomesticandinternationalbroadcasters,largecorporatesponsors,communitytrusts,communitygroups,andlocalauthorities)•WhereNZRLisrecognisedasthefacilitatorofthesignicantgrowthofthesport,andthecontributionthishasmadetothelivesofyoungNewZealanders•WheretheNZRLBoardandseniormanagementareheldinhighregardfortheiroutstandingvision,leadershipandintegrity 
All this is possible i the sport embraces making signicant changes now

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