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Blues Statement On Championship Funding

Posted: 12th February 2020

Bedford Blues are disappointed by the news that the RFU have cut the financial support to the Championship by almost half next season.

Following the decision given to the clubs yesterday, Tuesday 11th February, to reduce the level of funding back to the previous agreement prior to the 2016 - 2020 cycle, Bedford Blues’ Chairman, Geoff Irvine has commented the below.

“Obviously we are very disappointed with the decision of the RFU, in particular the timing of the announcement, but the Board at Bedford Blues are determined that they will deal with the outcome and plan forward.

“I believe this is giving Premiership Rugby all that they want with regard to ring-fencing, in all but name and with none of the financial commitment or support.

“The significant reduction has come as a shock to the clubs, we will all need some time to consider our position.

“The value of the Championship has not been recognised or rewarded by the RFU, in particular when you consider how many of the England playing squad started their playing careers in the Championship.

“At Bedford Blues we will need to revisit the model of how the club is operated and find the right answer, but we are certainly committed to providing a first-class product on and off the pitch at Goldington Road. The team continue to produce a fantastic match day experience to be proud of.”

To read the RFU press release click here.

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