Jason Woodman. The man behind the new look BARLA.
Jason Woodman, the man behind the new look BARLA.
If you have followed this platform during the 2017 and 2018 season, you'll know the nature of my early experiences with BARLA. Let’s just say it was a cold relationship. For those of you unaware, BARLA ( The British Amateur Rugby League Association) runs the National Cup and the Yorkshire Cup. Two huge competitions which prior to this season GRM was not granted access to.
Thanks to Jason Woodman, communication between not only myself but the entire rugby community and BARLA has improved tenfold, and I'm now looking forward to hopefully filming at the national cup final (If my schedule allows).
I recently caught up with Jason to discuss his role at BARLA and his vision for junior rugby league.
1 What is your role at BARLA and within the wider rugby community?
I have recently stepped in to help BARLA run their Youth and Junior Yorkshire and National Cup competitions due to BARLA not currently having a secretary following the passing of Phil Sharpe. I have been doing the role for just over 3 months.
I am currently also the Treasurer of the Yorkshire Junior League and until recently was a regional welfare officer also. I also hold the role of Child Welfare Officer at Huddersfield Referees Society. I am also an active Match Official in the RFL Professional game.
2 What is your favourite rugby memory of all time?
My favourite rugby memory of all time was being down at Wembley in 1994 when England beat Australia 8-4 in the ashes tour.
3 Where do you see the future of the Junior game?
The future of the junior game in my opinion is looking bright. The biggest obstacle we must overcome is everyone either working in silos or against each other. Everyone involved in the junior game wants the same outcome so if we all worked together and put allegiances aside off the field it would grow much quicker.
I firmly believe that the main focus is on the elite and those selected for professional clubs which needs to change. Those players are actually a minority and I believe to keep the sport strong especially 14+ we must also focus on the majority who don't get selected and provide them opportunities.