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Rugby League Cares –
Association for former Players & Officials

2014 – 2015.

BackgroundRugby
League Cares is committed to supporting former players & officials in Rugby
League.
Rugby
League Cares formed a central association for former Players and Officials in
Rugby League to:

1. Reconnect former players and officials
back to Rugby League. In the first instance back into their club past players
association and then as members of Rugby League Cares.
2. Develop vibrant, well attended and
active former players associations at ever club.
3. Deliver an annual calendar of central
events for former players and officials to come together socialise and have
fun.
4. Raise the profile of former players in
the sport, celebrate their achievements and the good work they do within their
respective associations.
5. Help in times of hardship or distress.

2014 – 2015 Plan.

Goals
for the year:
1. Form a strong and effective steering
group which includes regional representatives.
2. Create a single central database of
all former players which includes contact information and their status as a
member of a former players association.
3. Recruit 1000 members to RL Cares.
4. Deliver 7 outstanding events which
will lead to a fixed annual calendar of events.
5. Assist with any relevant hardship cases.

Organisation and
Governance:

Chair: Vacant.

Members:

Terry Flanagan – RL Cares

Gary Hetherington – Leeds Rhinos

David Howes – British Lions Association

Steve Ball – Benevolent Fund and British Lions
Association

Robert Henthorne – Oldham Past Players

Regional Reps

Colin Maskill – Yorkshire

Mike Nicholas – North West

Cumbria – Vacant

Hull – Vacant

Officers:

Chris Rostron

Kate Irwin

Responsibilities of
the Committee:

1. Hold regular meetings. (Proposed 1 per
quarter)

2. Minute meetings.

3. Periodically report on activities to
trustees.

4. Be responsible for the organisation
and promote of association events.

5. Be responsible for the promotion and
recruitment of members in association with the RL Cares Membership Manager.

6. Oversee the development of policies
and procedures that direct the association’s activities. (See welfare model)

7. Receive and process applications for
assistance from former players.

8. Distribute funds and monitor their use
in accordance with procedures.

9. Be responsible for the central member
database, communicate regularly and keep all members informed of activities
& events.

Regional Rep Roles
and Responsibilities:

1. Be a point of contact with former
players associations in their region.

2. Be a point of contact for former
players to go to in times of need.

3. Gather data on membership from former
players associations to be pooled centrally with RL Cares.

4. Promote the central programme of
events.

5. Recruit members to RL Cares.

2014 – 2015 Events
Plan:

Goals:

Deliver
7 outstanding events.

Use
events to reconnect lapsed members, recruit new members.

Generate
publicity and profile for RL Cares, the association and former players.

Events
Schedule:

Event

When

Where

Lions Lunch

Jan

Cedar Court

Yorkshire Lunch

TBC

Headingley

North West Lunch

TBC

Halliwell Jones

Cumbria

TBC

TBC

Hull

TBC

TBC

Challenge Cup Final

Aug Bank Hol

Wembley

Grand Final

Oct

Old Trafford

British Lions
Proposal:

Plan
to connect with former Lions as special guests at all events.

Raise
the profile of the Lions within the game, celebrate their history and
achievements. The Lions Celebration Lunch at Headingley proved this concept.

We
could:

1. Develop a list of ambassadors that
agree to take part in all events. At least one table at every event.

2. Lions Association to sponsor Lions
places at lunches.

3. Organise more reunions and
opportunities through our plan for Lions Association members.

Chris Rostron

General Manager

RL Cares

Aug 2014