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RFU funding of the GK IPA Championship for next season

The following statemen has been released from the RFU regarding funding for next season.

DRFC will make a statement on the subject before the end of the week, once further information from the RFU has been provided.


The RFU will continue to provide financial support to the Greene King IPA Championship next season (2020/21).

Aggregate funding will amount to approximately £288,000 per club and represents a return to the levels of funding prior to the 2016 – 2020 cycle. 

As previously, elements of this funding will be ringfenced and increased for player medical insurance and be conditional on meeting England Qualified Player (EQP) targets.  

“This is a decision based on a principle of ensuring levels of investment are geared to a clear return on investment,” said RFU chief executive Bill Sweeney.

“There are many worthy requirements from both the professional and community game and we need to make sure that every pound spent is clearly justified. The decision we have made is connected to a wider review of strategic objectives and resource allocation.

“The decision taken in 2015 to increase Championship funding significantly was against a set of objectives and deliverables that we do not believe have been achieved. 

 “Ultimately the difference in the levels of funding between the current agreement and our new commitment will not be the deciding factor for clubs with aspirations for promotion and will always require additional investment. The gateway is still open for clubs to get into the Premiership if they have the necessary financial resources and meet the minimum standards required.

“The Championship is, and will continue to be, a way to develop players between the Premiership and the Championship. It is a legitimate way to get additional developmental experience, but we do not believe it is the primary place where Premiership and England players are discovered and developed.

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