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The wider areas surrounding many rugby league stadiums are plagued by youth unemployment meaning that attendances at games aren’t as big as they should be. If you’re a rugby league fan struggling to find work then you’d be lucky to even afford a game after dishing your benefits out on living expenses. I’m sure that everyone who reads this article will be aware of somebody in this unfortunate situation, so the rugby league community must pull together to make sure that it becomes a thing of the past. This way we can fill our stadiums to the brink and send a message out to the rest of the world that rugby league is in better health than ever before.
Right from the beginning in 1895 when rugby league broke away from rugby union our sport has been a pioneer in helping the struggler. The sport's progressive broken time payments which compensated players for missing work through the game was opposed by the wealthy rugby union bosses who believed at the time that sport should be played at your own expense. This ruling was fine for the wealthy but for the working class it seemed wrong, considering club owners were making loads of money by charging people to come and see the game being played.
This year Channel 4’s ground-breaking series Battlefront is going to be solely dedicated to tackling youth unemployment. The campaigners want to break away from the dated methods that are used to try and help youths into jobs. This year’s series is the fight-back against the mass unemployment facing our youth today. By sharing ideas and supporting each other we are more likely to come up with solutions that will solve the issues affecting youths looking for work. These will be the solutions that the government should be coming up with, but like the RFU bosses back in the day, they won’t budge on any of their policies so we’re left to pretty much deal with this on our own.
So if you want to get behind this campaign then please do so by clicking HERE and follow the instructions provided when the link pops up. Personally I’m hoping that this is another opportunity for us to showcase what a tight-knit sporting community we have in rugby league when getting behind an issue that affects us all. I’m sure that in the coming months ahead we’ll have some great debates on the forums and I can confidently predict that the RLFANS response will be amongst one of the best. Whilst all that is going on I’ll be doing my best to encourage the stars of the game to get behind the campaign. If you want to help with that then please get in touch and we’ll see what we can do.
Finally I just want to thank Paul for allowing me to publish the Damo Bit over the years because all that writing is now paying off. Hopefully my journey on here will inspire others to write articles in order to progress in the creative industries. Thanks to the fans and Lee too.
P.S. - The Damo Bit is now on twitter