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  1. I am inclined to agree with you about Wales, who have a pathway within from grassroots to semi-pro and, ultimately, increased exposure for the eyes of Super League clubs. However, in terms of Global Rugby League Academy areas such as Scotland and Ireland, plus emerging areas within England, 100% DO indicate non-traditional areas in terms of rugby league. Indeed, my personal opinion is that areas in wider Europe that are associated with rugby league will have varying grades of contact with rugby union and, as is the case with Serbia, may have surpassed it as the dominant code. In which case players in Eastern Europe may have more experience playing rugby league than those in Scotland, for example. Added to this, having significant experience in rugby union isn’t necessarily conducive to transitioning into rugby league as the fundamentals of technique when running into contact, tackling technique, speed, endurance, etc. are all very much different. Moreover, other sports have also shown that potentially very good rugby league players can exist within them; take PNG’s Kato Ottio, for instance, signed from volleyball into the Hunters, then Canberra & now Widnes. The Scottish have been heavily criticised for their ‘over-use’ of heritage players and significant lack of domestic activity, perhaps correctly (although this is no dig at the many hardworking volunteers that do exist up there). GRLA are happy to be able to provide homegrown Scottish players, and all emerging areas, the chance to get a step up into the professional ranks as this can benefit not only the players themselves, but the sustainable development of the sport in these areas.
  2. In other news from Global Rugby League Academy, we also have former Aberdeen Warrior RL player and Scotland U19s RL representative, Jack Stevenson - born, raised & first rugby league experience in Scotland - now training with Halifax RLFC Reserves. Alongside him with Halifax RLFC is Myles Harrop from Kendal, Cumbria; we would state that this particular part of Cumbria is massively embryonic when it comes to rugby league! Not only does this represent an opportunity to identify talent in emerging markets, it also highlights the massive benefit of Reserve Grade (although this is a debate for another thread!).
  3. We are pushing for Vladimir to get to England in September 2018 (along with another Serbian youngster). We initially tried getting Vladimir here in March 2018 to play 6 months after he had a short trial with Toulouse last summer, although visas proved to be a stumbling block. I have meetings regarding the Serbian lads in the coming weeks and sincerely hope we can give these guys a shot very soon - Serbia is a goldmine of untapped potential.
  4. Hi guys! Great topic choice and a great story about Hemel signing up a Greek domestically-raised player! This is an avenue we are trying to push massively with Global Rugby League Academy, tapping into emerging markets (both domestic and international) to provide players with opportunities in the heartbeat of the sport in the UK. At best we may find a hidden gem; at worst a player returns home in a far superior position to organically spread the game. Here’s our most recent story regarding two of our players from RLC Dragons Krupka, Czech Republic, who have been training with Keighley Cougars Reserves! http://globalrugbyleagueacademy.com/czech-republic-rugby-league-meets-keighley-cougars/
  5. Sx Nations with England Knights

    Great to see that the idea of a 6 Nations RL concept is being mooted (hopefully for the long haul and not a short fad that has happened in the past!). For what it’s worth, if this tournament was to coincide with the NZ Series and with England only having 2 pool games against Ireland & Italy, then perhaps the English 6 Nations games could be played as midweek/pre-tour games for the full England team? More game time for fringe England players mixed with established players and games that Ireland, in particular, are crying out for?
  6. Under 19 friendly in France

    Really good hit out for both sides and an excellent opportunity for Halifax Elite Rugby Academy to travel overseas for these fixtures fresh from winning last season's National College Premier Division! What is also pleasing is that Halifax ERA are education partners for Global Rugby League Academy and, as such, Halifax ERA featured GRLA players from Cumbria (Kendal), Aberdeen Warriors (Scotland) and 2 from RLC Dragons Krupka (Czech Republic)! What a huge experience this mini-tour is especially for these guys!
  7. According to Vladimir this is a 10 day trial starting in June. If this is the case, and without receiving any payment, then I'd assume visas won't be a problem for such a short period. He is still young enough to learn the game at a higher level & in a more testing environment than he'll be accustomed too in the Serbian domestic game.
  8. Alright guys. Don't post on discussions really, I'm more about providing info on Global Rugby League Academy and what we're trying to do. This is all hypothetical and, adopting the pessimistic approach to the RLIF, is likely not to happen due to costs, but surely the 9's World Cup format & the Federation Cup could work in the same season? A 9's World Cup weekend to replace an Auckland 9's weekend for that year as a preseason competition, with the Federation Cup being post season, for example? For me as an expansionist into new RL markets, the 9's represents an opportunity to give new countries a shot at more established nations providing it's done properly (the usual heritage/domestic discussion, etc). Take next year's pre-Commonwealth Games 9's comp as an example - incidentally one in which we hope GRLA's current crop of young Scottish lads can make an impression! With a potential Emerging Nations WC plus 9's, alongside WC qualifiers, then suddenly the international calendar has more meaning for upcoming countries. Couple a Federation Shield into the post season for the 'big gun' nations to go at each other, with players who (being realistic) probably didn't play in a 9's WC anyway, then that is surely appeasement? Hopefully we (or more specifically the RLIF) are entering an era of finding solutions, not problems, for this sport in order to drive it forward.
  9. Copenhagen RLFC

    Check out DS Web Design & Development mate. His name is Dave Spivey and he's always keen for work, particularly in rugby league. He's done our website, Aberdeen Warriors and others. Details are below: http://dswebdd.co.uk/ https://www.facebook.com/dswebdd/
  10. Global Rugby League Academy

    Hi guys! Just to let you know that we have cracked the £1K barrier for Vladimir's fundraising campaign (currently £1005)! Many thanks for your ongoing support with this! Should you wish to raise awareness/donate then the link is below. Massive thanks again! https://www.gofundme.com/vladimir-from-serbia-to-england
  11. Hi guys! Just to let you know that we have cracked the £1K barrier for Vladimir's fundraising campaign (currently £1005)! Many thanks for your ongoing support with this! Should you wish to raise awareness/donate then the link is below. Massive thanks again! https://www.gofundme.com/vladimir-from-serbia-to-england
  12. Global Rugby League Academy

    We've posted this on the general forums page, but it is also very relevant in the international section! An update on both Vladimir's GoFund cause to get over to England for 12 months and also recent Global Rugby League Academy activity! We currently stand at £975 raised - £25 off our first landmark target of £1K! Your ongoing support is vital, even if it is sharing this cause (the link is below). In the meantime Vladimir himself is raising his own funds.https://www.gofundme.com/vladimir-from-serbia-to-englandRegarding GRLA activity, our Aberdeen Warriors origin trio all continue to play both college and amateur rugby league on a weekly basis here in Yorkshire. Archie Andrade (17 years old) is approaching the end of a 12 week trial period with Leeds Rhinos U19 Academy and will soon find out his fate. He has played the first two games of their season - a friendly against City of Hull Academy (in which he scored the winning try) and the first league fixture against St Helens. We are really pleased of his progress!Our other 2 Aberdeen Warriors origin players - Jack Stevenson (18 years old) & Jordan Gray (17 years old) - have also been progressing nicely on recent training opportunities and experiences which we will announce in due course! If you wish to keep updated on everything GRLA then follow the link below:https://m.facebook.com/leagueunlimitedacademy/
  13. An update on both Vladimir's GoFund cause to get over to England for 12 months and also recent Global Rugby League Academy activity! We currently stand at £975 raised - £25 off our first landmark target of £1K! Your ongoing support is vital, even if it is sharing this cause (the link is below). In the meantime Vladimir himself is raising his own funds.https://www.gofundme.com/vladimir-from-serbia-to-englandRegarding GRLA activity, our Aberdeen Warriors origin trio all continue to play both college and amateur rugby league on a weekly basis here in Yorkshire. Archie Andrade (17 years old) is approaching the end of a 12 week trial period with Leeds Rhinos U19 Academy and will soon find out his fate. He has played the first two games of their season - a friendly against City of Hull Academy (in which he scored the winning try) and the first league fixture against St Helens. We are really pleased of his progress!Our other 2 Aberdeen Warriors origin players - Jack Stevenson (18 years old) & Jordan Gray (17 years old) - have also been progressing nicely on recent training opportunities and experiences which we will announce in due course! If you wish to keep updated on everything GRLA then follow the link below:https://m.facebook.com/leagueunlimitedacademy/
  14. Hi guys! Just a quick update on Vladimir's cause and general activity involving the Global Rugby League Academy. We are up to £760 on his GoFund campaign which will support his efforts to get to the UK and play/study for 12 months. This is a fantastic effort given that we are still in the first month of the campaign and it will be ongoing to August! Hopefully we can reach the £1000 landmark target very soon and push on from there! Getting Vladimir, and then hopefully Rajko, to the UK will be a massive shot in the arm for the Serbian game; particularly as they are still young and have time to progress in the sport! In other news, GRLA's current Scottish cohort are doing fantastically well! Archie Andrade (17 years old & pictured below), hailing form the Aberdeen Warriors club, is currently on a 12 week trial with the Leeds Rhinos Academy. This will be an outstanding experience for him in his development. Furthermore, he has been selected for the Scotland Students 2017 Universities World Cup squad who will play in Australia this summer! This is massive for Archie, particularly as he is not yet at university and is still playing in the college competition for Halifax Elite Rugby Academy (where he also studies a Level 3 BTEC Diploma in Sport)! Another 2 of GRLA's Scottish players will also be in Challenge Cup action this weekend for Aberdeen Warriors against Pilkington Recs of the National Conference Premier. Jack Stevenson (18 years old) and Jordan Gray (16 years old) both return home from Yorkshire to contribute to the Warriors efforts to progress in the competition! Jack has also attended Halifax Elite Rugby Academy and played locally for King Cross Park ARLFC whilst on the GRLA programme, whilst Jordan has attended Calderdale College and played for KXP. Both are Scottish U19 internationals.
  15. Global Rugby League Academy

    Hi DDG! Many thanks for pushing this drive forward! I have noticed your ongoing donations and it's really helping the cause! Hopefully we'll hit the £1000 landmark for Vladimir soon! In other news involving GRLA, one of our players has recently embarked on a 12 week trial with Leeds Rhinos Academy! Archie Andrade (pictured below) of the Aberdeen Warriors club in Scotland, will gain a massive amount from this experience! Moreover, another 2 of our players - Jordan Gray & Jack Stevenson - will be in Challenge Cup action this weekend as they return home to play for the Aberdeen Warriors against Pilkington Recs of the National Conference League Premier!