Newly formed GRLA runs first coaching course in Athens

The newly-formed Greek Rugby League Association (GRLA) technical department, has successfully run its first Level 1 coaching course in Athens.

Fifteen candidates, variously from Larissa, Greta, Athens, Thessalonia, Patna and Rhodes attended, illustrating the growing geographical interest in the sport in the country.

GRLA level 1 Coach Educator candidate, Nikos Hatzinikolaou, who led the course, in so doing furthered his own personal development, and will now be assessed by RLEF coaching manager, Martin Crick to complete his Coach Educator qualification.

The course was overseen by Michalis Chatziioannou.  “Niko was very well organized and confident which made the course very interesting,” he said.

“There were some very experienced participants, which helped the class discussion and led to some very interesting debates as the newer candidates grew in confidence. It was very promising, and is going to be very successful in terms of active coaches.”

Further training will be given to the same candidates in June, at a camp with Leeds Rhinos, which will now be added to the RLEF technical portal and managed through their assessed tasks.