Wildcats Confident of Super League Compliance

posted on 8 June 2011

The Wakefield Trinity Wildcats have this evening announced two major initiatives in a meeting held at Cedar Court Hotel that will significantly help the Club meet the Rugby Football League’s criteria for a Super League Licence in 2012.

The first piece of news was delivered to fans from Wildcats Chairman Andrew Glover. An announcement was made that there is to be an innovative stadium development programme at The Wakefield Trinity Wildcats for Super League 2012. Wildcats Chairman Andrew Glover has pledged his commitment and support to the club and has revealed that finances are in place to drastically develop The Rapid Solicitors Stadium for the 2012 season in Super League.

These developments will take The Rapid Solicitors Stadium to a 12,000 capacity ground, with 10,000 of that capacity being covered. The corporate hospitality suite alone will hold 750 people and will boast fully refurbished bars and restaurants throughout. There will be a new bar in The West Stand called the ‘Touchline Bar’ and further concessions will be introduced around the ground to further enhance the match day experience for supporters.

The changes and developments outlined above all strive to ensure that The Rapid Solicitors Stadium, home of The Wildcats, is compliant for Super League and will place our grand at a similar, if not better, level than many other stadia in Super League.

The second announcement will considerably boost the membership aspect of the licence application. The Wakefield Trinity Wildcats have successfully launched ‘Club 1873’ at The Cedar Court Hotel this evening. Club 1873 is a new entry level membership scheme with a weekly draw of £500 and a whole range of other exciting benefits including in store discounts and free junior membership. By becoming a member of this club, we are giving our supporters the opportunity to really make a difference at The Club and help us in securing our Super League status.

The scheme was launched tonight with already 500 members at the time of the announcement and the level of interest created was extremely encouraging. The RFL state that all clubs need at least 5,000 members and this new scheme will be used as a tool for The Wakefield Trinity Wildcats to comfortably reach this target.

Both announcements are two major strides in drastically improving our Super League application in terms of both membership levels and Club facilities and stand us in extremely strong stead of meeting all requirements.

Wakefield Trinity Wildcats Chairman Andrew Glover commented, “We said at the beginning of the year that we would do everything we possibly could to keep the Wakefield Trinity Wildcats in Super League and this is exactly what we are doing. The biggest issue that we were faced with, within our control, was the stadium, so without wasting any time we have worked hard to ensure that we will have this new, fully developed stadium that will meet with all of the RFL’s criteria in 2012.”

Wildcats Chief Executive James Elston added, “By launching our new membership scheme and announcing our exciting new stadium plans we have immediately strengthened our application in two incredibly important areas. Keeping The Wildcats in Super League is at the forefront of everyone’s priorities and this has given us a great boost towards that.”

This is Wakefield. Together We Are Stronger.

Please see the table below highlighting the RFL’s facility criteria for a Grade A Stadium and how close The Wildcats are to achieving that status.

 

  Criteria with A Grade Benchmarking  Wildcats Status
2a Stadium has an operational capacity of at least 12,000  The stadium developments will allow a capacity of 12,000
2b At least 12,000 of Stadium capacity is under cover  10,000 of Stadium capacity will be under cover
2c Stadium has operational capacity of at least 5,000 seats all of which are under cover and available for use  Stadium will have capacity of 3,000 seats
2d Floodlighting is of at least 1,000 lux  Floodlighting is at 850 lux
2i Total capacity of hospitality areas at home Stadium (boxes and lounges) is at least 750.   Total will allow a capacity of 750
2l The Stadium has facilities which host and support community activity, with reference to educational learning, support of grassroots rugby league and levels of activity.  The Club has an award winning Community Department that use the ground and the classroom facilities on a daily basis for internal and external community activities.

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