The Asociación Española de Rugby League (AERL) has hosted its first technical course with 24 local coaches receiving their Level 1 certificate at a two-day gathering in Albal, Valencia.
Six clubs were present – Irreductibles Mislata RL, RL Albal Valencian Warriors, Rugby Sciences Valencia, CR Edetans Montcada, Alzira Rugby Club, UER Montcada – in addition to a delegation from Madrid, to receive instruction from RLEF Coaching Manager Martin Crick and fellow tutor, Spanish-speaking Tiziano Franchini from the Federazione Italiana Rugby League.
“The extraordinary work of Martin and Tiziano and the great atmosphere created by the course. Thanks to the RLEF the work that was carried out has been unforgettable for all of Spanish rugby league,” said secretary general Aitor Davila.
Juan Pablo Range from Irreductibles Mislata RL added: “Everyone is more engaged and eager to grow this project now. Today we all have clear concepts and even more enthusiasm and love for Rugby League.”
Gonzalo Morro of Valencia Sciences commented: “Having professionals like Martin and Tiziano for the whole weekend was a luxury – today I feel like a great professional.”
The AERL expects to run a five-match club championship this year.