Internationals French league strenghten position.

Northern_Union

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https://www.rleague.com/content/article.php?id=39435


The Federation Francaise de Rugby a Treize has announced an encouraging set of statistics pointing toward a significant growth in French rugby league. As of May 1st, the FFRXIII numbered 39,994 participants, of whom 10,994 are subscribers who have signed up for the whole season, from all age groups.

These numbers show a marked increase of 4,840 paying registered participants since the 2004-5 season, a surge replicated in the school system where now more than 29,000 children play rugby league. In the same time period, the number of official associations (clubs and other bodies) affiliated to the French federation have increased by ten per cent.

Commenting on the analysis, FFRXIII president Nicolas Larrat was understandably ebullient about the state of the game in the nation, "These figures clearly demonstrate all the work being done by French rugby league and its operatives in promoting the sport," he said. "The growth in all sectors is remarkable and we have every reason to be optimistic about the road ahead. Our objective of 15,000 paying licence holders and 50,000 participants we set out to achieve by 2015 is no longer an illusion, and it would represent exceptional growth in a ten-year period."

He continued, "It goes without saying that I must thank the federation's elected officials for their dedication, all those people in charge of clubs, leagues and [regional] committees that support and implement the federation's policies; our technical staff and development officers for the work they do on a daily basis. But, I tell them that we can do even better and trying to create schools competitions is first and foremost a priority. That link, between schools and our leagues is more important than ever. Now that we've created a strong foundation it is the FFRXIII's duty to be even more ambitious.

"The federation is understandably confident that it is in a strong position, with the methods to teach and develop rugby league and to be considered a serious and worthwhile choice for a growing number of French citizens."

That - according to Larrat - is the "biggest victory."
 

kiwi's 13-6_old

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the 40, 000 participants figure i think is just people who have been involved in a couple of days training in basic's of the sport at a school, uni or a league club.
The real figure is 11,000 which includes players, coaches, club officials all involved in french rugby league clubs in a season long basis.

I think france needs 15,000 registered participants in order to have a second super league side.

it's good to see french participation figures rise but i have heard that they had 20,000 registered participants in the early 1980's and that dropped to a low of 6,000 a couple of years ago it good to see they reversed that trend tho and have set some goals
 

Northern_Union

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39,000 is the number of school kids and registered players with the French RL.
 

Northern_Union

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Ah, I thought you said just school kids.

Ahh, i understand your confusion now. The number of school kids play in France has exploded much like the schools numbers in Wales. In both countries the schools programs were almost none existent. But with hard work and money from the world cup both countries now have excellent schools programs.
 

Northern_Union

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Ah, I thought you said just school kids.

Looking at my post again i did say what you thought i said. What i ment to say is that there are 29,000 registered school kids and a further 10,000 registered players in all grades outside of the schools.
 

Spence_old

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Okay, I'll reask my question then... 29k school kids? I admit I don't know too much about grass roots NZ league, but that seems like more than NZ would have?
 

PB_old

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Okay, I'll reask my question then... 29k school kids? I admit I don't know too much about grass roots NZ league, but that seems like more than NZ would have?
It is. Quite a bit more.

There were 2,794 registered NZ secondary school participants in 2010. I don't know how many primary school kids play in the Hubbards tournament, etc,. but it wouldn't be enough to reach double digits.
 

Northern_Union

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But then unlike the French clubs, NZ clubs run there own junior programs with a lot more enthusiasm. Hard to say what the true figure is for NZ kids.
 

PB_old

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But then unlike the French clubs, NZ clubs run there own junior programs with a lot more enthusiasm. Hard to say what the true figure is for NZ kids.

In that case it looks like years of hard and enthusiastic Kiwi graft is now being outstripped by the more populous, laissez-faire, who-gives-a-**** Frogs.

Taking both the NZ and French governing bodies at face value the score is:

France - 39,994
NZ - 24,000
 

Northern_Union

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In that case it looks like years of hard and enthusiastic Kiwi graft is now being outstripped by the more populous, laissez-faire, who-gives-a-**** Frogs.

Taking both the NZ and French governing bodies at face value the score is:

France - 39,994
NZ - 24,000

Both leagues deserve praise for whats been achieved but the French deserve special praise for there huge efforts. And lets not forget the French have been helped by the RFL with the inclusion in superleague of the Catalans, and to a lesser degree Olympic in NL1.