The Kingstone Press Cider National Conference League will remain a summer competition for the next three years following consultation with the RFL and participating clubs.
Since the league was formed it has been standard practice for the National Conference League to consult with its clubs regarding future participation and the competition’s structure, with a resounding declaration of intent from this year’s participating clubs to compete in 2015.
NCL Administrator David Lowe said: “Following on from the survey that we carried out and negotiation with the RFL, the National Conference League will for the next three years continue to run a summer competition. Clubs in attendance were informed of this at the delegates meeting of the Monday July 14, 2014.
“We wanted to receive the early notice from the clubs then we could seek to address issues such as the composition of the divisions and the programing of the fixtures.
“There had been a couple of calls for fixtures to avoid holidays such as Easter and unless we knew how many clubs would be playing in the competition, then we would be unable to work out if it was feasible.
“However we have had an overwhelming response with 45 of our 47 clubs reaffirming their intention to play in the NCL next season, whilst just two said they would defer their response until such time as they had conferred with their players.
“A third club stated they would intend playing in the summer competition, but asked that the Management Committee consider a winter playing format that they had put forward.
“This now means that we may press ahead with planning for next season and seek to address some of the requests that we have received looking at the number of games played, when they are played and when there may be the potential for some leeway to incorporate a blank weekend or two.
“We have much work to do, but at least we should now have time to plan and fine tune.”
The RFL Conference Challenge Trophy final will be played at Headingley Carnegie Stadium, Leeds on Sunday October 5 (11.45am) as part of the Kingstone Press Championships Finals Day.
The RFL Conference Challenge Trophy final will be followed by the Championship One Grand Final – the winners of which will be promoted to the second tier – and the Championship Grand Final.
Tickets for the Kingstone Press Championships Finals Day at Headingley Carnegie on Sunday October 5 (11.45am) are available to purchase from as little as £17 for adults and £10 for concessions. To guarantee your place, please either visit www.rugbyleaguetickets.co.ukor call 0844 856 1113.