RLEF Delegation Attends EU Sport Forum

Rugby League European Federation general manager, Danny Kazandjian has presented to the delegates at the latest European Union Sport Forum which is currently taking place in Den Hague, Holland.

Around 350 participants are attending, among them leading representatives from international and European sport federations, the Olympic movement, European and national sport umbrella bodies and other sport-related organisations.

This year’s event is tackling issues that include how sport can support the integration of migrants and how to ensure good governance.

Kazandjian presented the results of the 2014-15 part EU funded Leadership Devolution Project.

Session moderator Guy Taylor, head of the Talented Athlete Scholarship Scheme and chair of the EU Expert Group on Human Resources Development in Sport, commented: “What impresses me the most is how the RLEF has taken a sport that is very strong in a few countries, formed effective partnerships and adapted their expertise to create a system that supports the development in nations where the game is still fairly young.

“The RLEF has demonstrated that it has created a well-managed knowledge-transfer system, which is to its credit.”

The LDP was the fourth support package received by the RLEF from the EU, beginning in 2010. A common theme connecting them all is the management and deployment of dual-career athletes, with the RLEF subscribing to the EU’s guidelines on this critical aspect of grassroots sport.