We are HEMEL Stags, not Dewsbury.

Hemel Stag
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Hemel Stags are a rugby league club that has been in operation since 1981. It is the longest serving rugby league club in the South of England and has a healthy minis, juniors and open age section in addition to a semi professional side who has played in league 1 since their induction in 2013.

Following the end of the 2016 season, the decision was made, with zero consultation with the players, volunteers, sponsors and supporters of both the professional and amateur club, to form a partnership with Championship side Dewsbury Rams. This partnership will result in Hemel Stags holding ALL their training sessions in Dewsbury - 170 miles from Hemel, whilst continuing to play their home games at Pennine Way, home of the Stags. As a result, any players aspiring to play in league 1 will have to make a 340 mile round trip, 3 times per week, should they wish to be considered for selection. Furthermore, the team will be made up of Northern based players, with no loyalty, involvement or understanding of the history of the Stags, who will travel down to play their home games at Pennine way.

As a result there is no longer a professional 'Hemel' team for local players to represent, for members of the community to support and for the minis and juniors to one day aspire play for. Furthermore there is a strong belief among people residing in Hemel (whether they are involved with the club or not) and the wider rugby league community that the powers in charge of the club have made a terrible decision that goes against the ethos of a great rugby league club which has been at the forefront of rugby league development in the South of England.

We therefore urge you to sign the petition and stand with us in expressing our contempt for the current plans to link with Dewsbury Rams.

  • Graham Austin
    Graham Austin United Kingdom, Preston
    Apr 10, 2017
    Apr 10, 2017
    A ridiculous and retrograde proposal. Clubs MUST have a local identity for them to prosper.
  • at heath
    at heath United Kingdom
    Jan 09, 2017
    Jan 09, 2017
    Disgracefull. Typical of the RL community in General though. i.e. shooting itself in the foot.
  • Mark Acton
    Mark Acton United Kingdom, London
    Dec 10, 2016
    Dec 10, 2016
    How can RL possibly grow in the South without genuine southern representation in the national professional leagues?
    This move will instantly remove the pipeline of young RL talent available between North London and the South Midlands.
    You only have to look at the current / former SL players from the London area that have passed through Hemel to the top echelons of the game to realise how important the Hemel base has been to talent discovery and development in this non traditional RL area.
    Who is now going to pick up the talented but disenfranchised RU players in this region?
  • Wembley98
    Wembley98 United Kingdom, Sheffield
    Dec 07, 2016
    Dec 07, 2016
    Keep Hemel in the south
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