Following along the same thought process regarding club football and financials. When you charge $5 at the gate (sometimes less) at some locations nothing, and then at others the venue is a drive in so the $5 ends up covering the driver and their 4 or 5 passengers - it can make it very difficult to generate revenue. You rely heavily on the players and their families to finance themselves for gear and things and transport - and they do more often than not. I find that its always the same faces, the same people volunteering or organising events and fundraisers. That's the situation in my opinion and experience, at club level. I'm not sure why the ARL want the focus on schoolboys, they need to look at club footy. I always felt the venues for the games needed to be upgraded. Comfortable seating and facilities imo might assist in encouraging spectators to games - which would then increase gate takings, which is an important source of revenue for smaller clubs. Money into promotion to bring people to the games would also help.