The editors of the new fanzine about rugby league in the South of England are looking for contributors.
Titled “Rugby League Down South” (#RLDS) it will run alongside the popular podcast of the same name and will launch in February 2016 at the London Broncos first home game of the season.
It will centre around comment, opinion and contributions from fans - as well as stories and interviews from writers and journalists in the south - covering issues from the top echelons of the sport to the grassroots and amateur game.
The publication is the brainchild of George Clarke - who is covering rugby league in the capital for the popular rugby league newspaper, the League Express.
“I hope we can create a community-style magazine which offers content that is informative, witty, and thought-provoking from people at every level of the game, and from Ashford and Aylesbury to Yarmouth and Yeading.”
“We have spoken to a number of potential contributors before deciding to launch the fanzine, and are now looking for others to contribute content for our monthly publications.
George has previously been involved with Newcastle Thunder’s monthly magazine, as well as seeing the fantastic strides other independent publications have made in rugby league, particularly the Hull FC Fanzine - Up The Cream!
“Setting up alongside Ian Ramsdale’s #RLDS podcast, and it’s well established and highly respected umbrella, also gives us a great platform from which to launch.
The popular #RLDS podcast was set up in 2011 by Ian Ramsdale, a broadcaster and journalist who began to regularly cover the sport on BBC London in 2008.
“I’ve always been passionate about rugby league in the South and the creation of the #RLDS Fanzine will provide another quality outlet for coverage of the game in an area where it can often be out of the media spotlight.
If you wish to volunteer content, contributors are encouraged to email their ideas and suggestions to firstname.lastname@example.org
The fanzine hopes to continually develop its content and is keen to include fans, coaches, players, volunteers, parents, chairman, owners, chief executives…
The first copy is set to go on sale on the 14th of February, when the South’s highest ranking side - the London Broncos; kick off their Championship campaign against the Swinton Lions at the Ealing Trailfinders Ground.
It’s hoped the fanzine will be available to purchase at a number of venues on match days in the South of England as well as on London Broncos home fixture days for £2.50. It will also be available to purchase online for £3 (including P&P) at www.r-l-d-s.myshopify.com