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#1 Honor James

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Posted 29 November 2012 - 11:15 PM

Serbian rugby league is celebrating the crowning of their youth champions and the expansion of interest in the country into a new area, with the addition of a police rugby league programme.

That follows from the ‘2009-2013 Strategy for Sports Development’ issued by the Serbian Ministry of Youth and Sport and is the result of an initiative begun in February when Tibor Visi, a player and a serving policeman in the Belgrade elite unit “92”, officially formed the Police Rugby League Club. That prompted interest from other Belgrade Police units and, in mid-October, with the support of the Serbian Rugby League Federation, RLC Police started training.

In mid-November Ian Seabridge, President of the Great Britain Police Rugby League, visited the Serbian capital to discuss a Lancashire Police Rugby League visit in May 2013.

Tibor Visi commented, “Lancashire Police’s visit next year is a great opportunity for us to show the Serbian Interior Ministry and Ministry of Youth and Sport what huge promotion and development the Serbian Rugby League Federation has done following the guidelines set out in the strategy.”

In the meantime, Rugby League Club Police made its competitive debut this week with a game versus the Serbian Military Academy. The much more experienced servicemen won 20-12, but RLC Police gave notice of their potential.

RLC Radnicki from Nova Pazova won the Serbian Rugby League U18 Grand Final at FC Radnicki football stadium. Six clubs took part in the U18 Championship and victory secured a notable double for Radniki.

Like in the Cup Final, they triumphed over RLC Soko from Vranje, winning a terrific contest 18-16.

Branko Bursac, President of RLC Radnicki and a Serbian Rugby League Federation Board member said, “We did it again. It was very hard like last time in the Cup but a home venue and support from the crowd gave us the strength to win. I congratulate our opponents from Vranje because they showed that they are future of rugby league in Serbia.”

Jovan Vujosevic, Rugby League European Federation Regional Director for Central and East Europe added, “This is second year that Serbian Rugby League has organized an U18 Championship, with more clubs, and without this and U16 competitions there is no future and development of the game in Serbia. I estimate that this competition will produce between 30 and 50 new open age players in 2013.”


Edited by Honor James, 29 November 2012 - 11:16 PM.

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#2 flyingking

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Posted 30 November 2012 - 11:30 AM

Excellent work in developing and producing future players (but don't the Serbians know that they should be sub-contracting this type of work?!).



#3 deluded pom?

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Posted 30 November 2012 - 12:18 PM

The Serbians really are the shining light of genuine development nations i.e. nations without a raft of Australian/ British players to call on. The police team is another great initiative. The NZ police regularly send teams on tour to the USA and here's another country to add to their future list of options.


#4 MidlandsRugbyLeague

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Posted 30 November 2012 - 10:02 PM

Agreed. Its a pity tge Serb Police can't enter the WC next year.