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13 July 2020

The Swinton Lions Board of Directors wish to provide the following club update for supporters.

Out of respect for our loyal supporters, a number of whom have been in contact with the club over the weekend, we have decided to issue the following club update.

Firstly, it’s been disappointing to read some of the comments on social media over the past few days, much of which seems deliberately designed and calculated to undermine our club. We will be closely monitoring the situation and where appropriate we will take matters up with the Rugby Football League.

The current Board of Directors is totally focussed on the successful future of Swinton Lions, and has already invested significantly in the club in terms of money, time and developing infrastructure and strategy.

We have recently took full control of the company and appointed an experienced Director of Development, who in a short space of time has already set about launching a number of exciting projects, including a women’s team, a number of community club partnerships, and an educational program (and there’s more to come).

We will be bringing other people into the club shortly who also have useful skill sets that will only enhance our operation. In short, Swinton Lions RLFC is in a totally sound and stable position, and this being despite the Covid-19 pandemic which has brought challenges to ALL clubs. We are in a position both financially and in terms of infrastructure to feel extremely confident about the future direction of the club.

Inevitably, as has happened since the game was invented, players choose to move between clubs. With regard to the outgoing players as highlighted over the weekend all we can do is thank them sincerely for their efforts in a Swinton shirt, and wish them well in their future careers. This came down to personal choices, and not because Swinton Lions were not in a position to retain them. In fact nothing could be further from the truth.

The Board is fully committed to backing Stuart Littler and his coaching team who are doing a magnificent job. Not only will we be looking to replace the outgoing players, but to strengthen the squad overall.

Please continue to back Swinton Lions as you have always done, and don’t allow the club’s good name to be drawn into unnecessary conflict on social media.

The Board of Directors, Swinton Lions RLFC


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