Match officials from five nations - Malta, Norway, England, Serbia and Hungary - were represented at the latest Training and Education Portal project held in Budapest.
RLEF Match Official Tutor, Phil Smith, led the activity. “It was excellent to observe match official education given by experienced Serbian referee Rale Novakovic to two new officials from Norway and Malta, as well as strengthening the relationship with host country Hungary,” he said. “Adrian Seglem from Norway and Malta’s Jean Pierre Zarb were active participants and will continue their education through ongoing training over the winter, at the same time sharing their knowledge within their nation.”
Both received their Level 1 Match Official qualification as did Hungarians Zsolt Lukacs and Balint Mezes and Serbian referee Aleksandar Milosovic. All four will now continue their educator training, guided by Novakovic, in their cluster of the TEP.
“The Hungarian Rugby League Federation was proud to act as hosts, we view these sessions as essential in improving our knowledge and helping us to grow the sport in our country,” said HRLF official Lukacs.
The TEP is a three-year, €723.000 investment into capacity building through good governance and technical training, funded by €466.000 from the EU’s Erasmus+ project and the remainder from the RLIF and five of its full members. It is intended to enhance the knowledge and skills of the RLEF’s 21 European members through high quality training and mentoring, while granting opportunities to share experiences amongst fellow Europeans dedicated to rugby league development.
The Lebanon Rugby League Federation (LRLF) is delighted to announce the appointment of Ivan Cleary as the new head coach of the national team.
The former head coach of the Penrith Panthers and New Zealand Warriors has agreed to take charge of The Cedars at this year's Rugby League World Cup.
Cleary has a wealth of coaching experience, overseeing the Warriors' NRL side between 2006 and 2011, before starting a three-year stint with the Panthers in 2012 with a total of 249 games experience under his belt.
Speaking about his appointment, Cleary said the opportunity to guide a developing nation to this year's Rugby League World Cup was one that he was eager to take up.
Belgrade has been chosen as the venue for the 2017 RLEF Congress. The Serbian capital will host the annual gathering of European and northern hemisphere nations for the second time in three years from 23rd to 25th June, following a through a competitive tendering process, instigated in 2015.
Expected to attend are the RLEF’s 10 Full Members, eight Affiliates and 14 Observers as well as an active and as yet un-ranked group of new nations which includes Turkey, Greece, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Bulgaria and Poland.
“I am delighted to confirm that the 2017 RLEF Congress will return to Belgrade, and I congratulate the Serbian Rugby League Federation for submitting a compelling bid,” said RLEF chairman Maurice Watkins. “When the members decided three years ago to award the congress through a competitive tender process they did so to give progressive and mature organisations such as the SRLF the opportunity to integrate further into the federation and to increase the European dimension of it. Serbia has always been one of the RLEF’s most prolific and active members and this year’s event will be just four months before the 2017 World Cup so will have an extra element of excitement,” Watkins continued.
SRLF general secretary Slobodan Manak added: “We are happy to be able to once again host the annual congress. We want to encourage RLEF members to be more proactive and are hoping to use this occasion to show others how they can do it.
“Belgrade is perfect place to meet, talk and share experience and ideas. It's a beautiful city and well connected to all of Europe. It will be very nice to see some new countries here and have the opportunity to welcome them into European rugby league family. SRLF will once again organise a 9s competition during the congress and we are hoping that other members will recognize the benefits of such a tournament and send teams to compete in it.”