Wales RL Annual Report 2017-18 Released

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30 April 2018

Anyone involved in rugby administration will appreciate the financial juggling act required to keep the show on the road, they’ll also be interested in figures released by Wales Rugby League in their annual report for 2017-18 – completed to the end of March 2018.

A clear comparison with the previous year is difficult given that RLWC2017 altered income and spending patterns, but WRL achieved a turnover of £309,763 (down 10% on the previous year) generating a loss of just £11,189.

A potentially bad sponsorship debt of £38k has been excluded from the income, but may still produce some value.

2016-17 was the first year of incorporation as a limited company. An extraordinary benefit of about £79k was included as funds were carried forward from the previous WRL association in that year.

Extraordinary income from RLWC2017 of £113,448 was balanced against extra costs of £133,101.

Against a scenario of dwindling central funding and less staff, the operational aspects of the report show numerous positives.

Wales Rugby League CEO and director Chris Thair said "The report shows that there is a great deal of good work happening domestically and it has been another year in which the sport has moved forward; however rugby league in Wales remains a long way from where we wish to take it.

"The last 12 months have been our busiest on record. To achieve the output we do with one full-time member of staff is quite remarkable and a credit to everyone involved. We

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