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    Posted: 30 Jun 2019 at 21:07

We have recently formed a new club under our existing club, Ealing Trailfinders Rugby Club (ETRC). In the era of professional and amateur rugby, it’s necessary to implement the right structure to provide all rugby players with a pathway that suits their rugby ability and ambition.

 

Ealing Trailfinders 1871

The Club has decided to create a new club with RFU accreditation for the new season.  The new Club, playing as Ealing Trailfinders 1871, will be closely linked to the existing Ealing Trailfinders structure, share the same facilities but will operate independently within the RFU regulations and compete independently within the RFU league structure. See HERE for more details.

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Ah, the London Welsh, London Irish, London Wasps, Harlequins, Saracens model. The pro-club and their amateur affiliate just in case it goes badly.

I joke (probably too cynically) but I think that's great that the local Ealing amateurs will get a chance to play under their home area's name.
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Originally posted by Robb Robb wrote:

Ah, the London Welsh, London Irish, London Wasps, Harlequins, Saracens model. The pro-club and their amateur affiliate just in case it goes badly.

I joke (probably too cynically) but I think that's great that the local Ealing amateurs will get a chance to play under their home area's name.
 

I don't think it's cynical at all - I'm sure that'll be a part of why they've done it, and not because I think there's anything sinister in it either. Any pro/semi-pro club backed by a limited company with aspirations to be anything more than a team and some floodlights should do the same. Professional rugby is a fickle business, and many clubs have been grateful to have an amateur arm to step up for them when the wheels have come off. 

Mose were quite famously saved years back from oblivion by their colts and 2nd XV (but probably for safety reasons those days are long gone). LW by contrast had a long tradition of its open amateur XV so when the pro team went pop I had no problem whatsoever with the amateurs assuming the mantle of the senior side. 

What's sad about the recent events at Birmingham & Solihull is that while they've got M&Js, etc, when the 1st XV collapsed that was the end of adult rugby within the structures they'd got. I know they're rebuilding in the merit leagues, but that in itself is symptomatic of a bit of a gap in their previous structure. 

I don't suppose for a second that Ealing are expecting to fold any time soon, but a good community club should do this, both to provide opportunities for local amateurs, and as an insurance policy that the fans might always have an adult side to watch if the worst did happen.

Clubs that don't have open-age amateur sides associated, especially when they're playing in the national leagues with all the attendant risks and expense, are seriously chancing their arm IMO. 
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Originally posted by billesleyexile billesleyexile wrote:

Originally posted by Robb Robb wrote:

Ah, the London Welsh, London Irish, London Wasps, Harlequins, Saracens model. The pro-club and their amateur affiliate just in case it goes badly.

I joke (probably too cynically) but I think that's great that the local Ealing amateurs will get a chance to play under their home area's name.
 

I don't think it's cynical at all - I'm sure that'll be a part of why they've done it, and not because I think there's anything sinister in it either. Any pro/semi-pro club backed by a limited company with aspirations to be anything more than a team and some floodlights should do the same. Professional rugby is a fickle business, and many clubs have been grateful to have an amateur arm to step up for them when the wheels have come off. 

Mose were quite famously saved years back from oblivion by their colts and 2nd XV (but probably for safety reasons those days are long gone). LW by contrast had a long tradition of its open amateur XV so when the pro team went pop I had no problem whatsoever with the amateurs assuming the mantle of the senior side. 

What's sad about the recent events at Birmingham & Solihull is that while they've got M&Js, etc, when the 1st XV collapsed that was the end of adult rugby within the structures they'd got. I know they're rebuilding in the merit leagues, but that in itself is symptomatic of a bit of a gap in their previous structure. 

I don't suppose for a second that Ealing are expecting to fold any time soon, but a good community club should do this, both to provide opportunities for local amateurs, and as an insurance policy that the fans might always have an adult side to watch if the worst did happen.

Clubs that don't have open-age amateur sides associated, especially when they're playing in the national leagues with all the attendant risks and expense, are seriously chancing their arm IMO. 
 

My thought on this is that they could be looking for in-house development opportunities down the line for their own players in their newly-launched academy with Brunel University. Previously they've loaned out players to London Irish Wild Geese, Chinnor, and others, but perhaps if this Ealing 1871 side climbs the leagues a bit, then that'll be a good proving ground.
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