Dons involved in talks on sport’s future

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RUGBY Football League Chief Operating Officer Ralph Rimmer has expressed his delight that the proposed changes to the Championship competitions from the start of the 2012 season took a step closer to fruition after successfully meeting the Championship clubs, including the Dons, last week.

The proposed changes are designed to create a healthier environment enabling clubs to operate and progress through a clearly defined structure of the sport. The review also focused on the opportunity for the Co-operative Championship One competition to embrace new teams with a greater geographical spread.

“It was a very constructive meeting and all who attended should be given great credit for the manner in which they are embracing change to the competition structure,” said Rimmer. “The objective of the exercise has always been to strengthen the competition, the clubs and the environment. This is recognised by all the clubs and they realise that in these ever changing times they must evolve in order to continue to capture the public’s interest and enthusiasm.”

Rimmer, who is overseeing the restructuring of the sport underneath the Super League. added; “Change is always difficult but the discussions at the meeting were largely about improvements to the detail of the review with no one expressing any concern regarding the changes to the competition,” he said.

The clubs will convene again next month.