Do they (clubs) still exist? I've got leagues now in the same tab, and no clubs.
Fortunately (and yet) yes.
They are right how we saw them last time, same people, same admin. But, If you downgrade to read into one you'll be forced to repeat 10 lessons to rejoin your league (and take your award) All XPs count so, you can win on your league and club as well.
Meanwhile, clubs are a quiet place, like culverts.