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Podcast BTR: Episode 45 The Plan with Richo

Wests Tigers CEO Shane Richardson joins us on this week’s episode of Behind the Roar to talk through the club’s new strategic plan.

BTR is available on Spotify, Apple and YouTube. Episode 45 will drop at 4pm on Thursday 4th April.

We talk about the importance of increasing Wests Tigers’ focus on the southwest corridor, our plan to be the number one development club in Sydney, and with Leichhardt Oval facing an uncertain future, we discuss the factors shaping the club’s stadia policy over the next few years.

Easter Monday Magic: Victory over the Eels
Easter Monday Magic: Victory over the Eels

We also reflect on Easter Monday’s marvellous win over Parramatta Eels, we take look at this weekend’s game against the Dolphins, and we have an expanded segment of Questions from The Crowd.  

Delivered to Wests Tigers Members on Wednesday, the strategy plan is designed to establish Wests Tigers as one of the leading sporting organisations in Sydney, and a top-four club in both the NRL & NRLW.

Richo says there are several options on the table for next season’s home games.

“I want to lock in a stadium strategy for three years from next year onwards,” he said.

“That way we all know exactly where we stand, so our members know when we're playing, where we’re playing and that they’ll be in quality facilities.

“This is really important to grow our membership and to grow every other part of the club.”

Juniors from Macarthur and Balmain district clubs at the Zurich Centre
Juniors from Macarthur and Balmain district clubs at the Zurich Centre

Junior league participation is also an area of growth that Richo has identified as a strategic priority.

“Development is not just about elite athletes, it’s a numbers game,” he says.

Participation in areas of growth through Camden and the Macarthur region is massive.

Shane Richardson

“Wests Tigers, the NRL and the NSWRL need to focus on that area and make sure we open more clubs and get more and more kids to play.

‘We have set a target of 10,000 registered players and we think we can attain that by the end of next year.”

Acknowledgement of Country

Wests Tigers respect and honour the Traditional Custodians of the land and pay our respects to their Elders past, present and future. We acknowledge the stories, traditions and living cultures of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples on the lands we meet, gather and play on.

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