Following extensive consultation London Broncos can confirm a restructure to the academy and reserve teams
From next season the club has made the decision not to run its ‘Elite Academy’, however we will continue to
run a pathway programme up to under 18 using the ‘RFL Lions Development Programme’ to continue
developing rugby league players in London. Further details will be released on this once dates are finalised for 2024. In the meantime we will continue to run a programme in local schools.
As a club we still believe in and support the growth of rugby league in London and will continue to help develop
players but in a different way.
The academy costs the club roughly £250,000 per year to run, at a cost which has been completely self
The reserve team will be unaffected by the restructure and we will continue to run a reserve team in the Super
League reserve competition. We believe that the reserves competition is vital in the development of players as
the sport is a late developing sport, so players need playing opportunities at an older age.
Following the recent IMG grading announcement, in which we received a category B grading, we released a
statement to confirm we are wholly committed to working with the RFL and IMG to improve our grading.
We recognise that this will take time and commitment and therefore have taken the difficult decision to not run
the ‘Elite Academy’ in 2024. All affected parties have been informed and we stress that this is something we
will continue to review and could look to revisit in future years.
With the new IMG grading criteria, clubs are not directly rewarded for running an ‘Elite Academy’, so we will
focus on other areas to improve the club with the long term aim of becoming ‘Category A’.
As a club we are proud of our track record of creating opportunities to play rugby league and for providing a
pathway to play professional sport in the capital.