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RL Accepted into Ukrainian Government Sports Schools


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#1 Honor James

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Posted 27 January 2014 - 11:49 PM

The Ukrainian Rugby League Federation (UFRL) has struck an agreement with the authorities to include specific rugby league content in the state’s 45 sports schools.

In what the UFRL describes as, “a major victory” for the sport, the move follows rugby league’s official recognition by the government in 2012.

"For rugby league in the Ukraine this is a massive achievement,” said UFRL president Artur Martyrosyan. “Now that we have an official rugby league study programme, every sports school can help develop the game.”

“In the near future we can hope to have youth competitions between about 2,000 participants."   

The breakthrough also means that the UFRL can begin development work in previously virgin territories by conducting coach education courses for the various state sports school teachers.

The number of age group teams playing in each school will vary but could be up to four.


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#2 Roughyedz

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Posted 28 January 2014 - 01:00 AM

I do hope that there is someone left alive in the Ukraine to play the sport of RL in the next 6 months


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#3 R Peers

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Posted 28 January 2014 - 01:38 AM

More great work by Artur!


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#4 Futtocks

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Posted 28 January 2014 - 09:41 AM

Given Rugby league's traditional luck, this announcement will be immediately reversed following a regime change, by a new sports minister looking to make his/her mark. :P 


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#5 londonrlfan

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Posted 28 January 2014 - 03:43 PM

That's excellent news! Ukraine just seem to keep growing and growing, especially with junior RL, which is the best way to do it. The more lazy federations should take a look at what they're doing with next to no funds. I would love for them to qualify for 2021 WC.



#6 StixRooster

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Posted 29 January 2014 - 09:37 AM

Tenuously related issue. There's a young lad just come over who's in the squad at Saddleworth U12. He looks half decent, might be the captain for 2021!


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#7 Pie tries

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Posted 29 January 2014 - 11:49 PM

Brill brill brill !