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GHANA SKOLARS CROWNED 2022 CHAMPIONS

Ghana Skolars Rugby League Club has been crowned champions with a 22-18 defeat over rivals Bulls RLFC in the Men's final of the 2022 13s Rugby League Championship at the University of Ghana, Ajax Park.

The Skolars, being anxious to defend their title won in 2021, took the lead in the first half with an Elvis Ayertey early try. The Bulls gave a quick response through Hakeem Sugri after missing one earlier to end the first half at 4 points each.

In the second half, Desmond Geotrah put the Bulls in the lead with an unsuccessful conversion but the Bulls were stopped by the Skolars as they replied with three tries and a conversion. The Bulls later put 8 points on the board in the 71st and 78th minutes through Nigel Sackey and captain Collins Ofosu with a conversion by Abdul Rahman Moussa for an 18-18 score before 80 minutes.

Ghana Skolars RLC showed their prowess and aggression to retain the title as they made a golden try in the dying minutes of the extra time. The game finally ended 22-18 in favour of Skolars.

Speaking with the captain of the Skolars, Riddick Alibah, he said his team prepared adequately for this match and has reaped its benefit. He added that despite the Bulls’ loss, they were worthy opponents.

Captain of Bulls RLC Collins Ofosu shared his thoughts on the game; "it was a great game. The lads showed a lot of heart and effort. We go again next year".

The Marketing and Brands Manager of the RLFG Daniel Oko Djanie expressed his appreciation to sponsors "It was a good league with support from several sponsors".

Mr Djanie added that, for the game to grow and have a great impact on the youth, there will be a need for more support from corporate Ghana and philanthropists."

"I would like to use this opportunity to call on companies to support the Ghana national team for this year's MEA Tournament", Mr Djanie said.

Sponsors were: A1 Diesel,Long Chips, Voltic Water, Radical National, MyHealthCop,Firm Foods

Media Partners: GTV Sports, UTV, Ghana Sports History, HSTV, CTV, JOY News, GhanaWeb, Ghana News Agency, Images Image, Reality Images, Ghanaian Times, City TV, Ghana Web, TV Africa, Kikisinare, Alliance Plus, Lyfe.

THE LEOPARDS DEFEAT OURLFC

Ghana has received a confidence boost ahead of the 2022 Middle East Africa Rugby League Championship in Accra with a 52-30 defeat of the touring Oxford University Rugby League Football Club (OURLFC).

The Ghanaian team took the game to Oxford University right from the blast of the whistle with Jonathan Adotey scoring as early as the 3rd minute after a John Bless Mensah break. Team Ghana kept the momentum on heading into the shed with a 24:10 lead to end the first half.

In the second half, it was the touring team who started a comeback but were stopped in their tracks with the Ghanaians finding their feet again.

The game ended at 52:30 in favour of The Leopards.

Speaking with the captain of the Leopards, Riddick Alibah, he said his team prepared adequately for this match and has reaped its benefit.

He added that despite OURLFC's loss, they were worthy opponents.

Captain of OURLFC Ryan Parry shared his thoughts on the game.

" A tough game for the dark blues yesterday. The Leopards came out of the blocks firing on all cylinders with high intensity and good wide play. While we narrowed the score line a couple of times, the leopards kept putting the extra work in".

"As it was my last game as captain, I want to say a huge thank you to all the lads who came out on this amazing tour and showed great heart across all three games". Mr Parry added.

Mr Parry finally appreciated the RLFG for making their Tour a memorable one.

"Finally, the club owes a huge amount of gratitude to the RLFG for being such a welcoming host and Behwe Gh for allowing us the opportunity to experience such an amazing country".

General Manager of the RLFG, Jafaru Mustapha shared his excitement about the win.

"I am happy the national team won this match as the team trained towards this day. Oxford is a really tough side yet we pulled through"

Mr Mustapha added that the win for the national team is a boost in confidence for the team ahead of the 2022 Middle East Africa Rugby League Championship in October.

RLFG will like to show its appreciation to all media partners and sponsors for making the Oxford Tour to Ghana memorable.

Sponsor were: A1 Diesel,Long Chips, Voltic Water, Radical National, MyHealthCop,Firm Foods

Media Partners: GTV Sports, UTV, Ghana Sports History, HSTV, CTV, JOY News, GhanaWeb, Ghana News Agency, Images Image, Reality Images, Ghanaian Times, City TV, Ghana Web, TV Africa, Kikisinare, Alliance Plus, Lyfe.

Find attached a match report

July 9, 2022 :

Ghana National Team (Leopards) vs Oxford University Rugby League Football Club - Mensah Sarbah Field

Ghana RL 52 (24) v (10) 30 Oxford RL

Ghana RL tries:

Jonathan Adotey (3rd), Chris Da Gama (20th, 68th), Desmond Geotrah (26th, 51st, 79th), John Bless (64th), Collins Ofosu (22nd, 80th)

Goals: Chris Da Gama (6/7) and John Bless (2/2).

Oxford Tries:

Dan Haslett (14th), Archie Barraclough (61st, 76th), Brian Kwizera (36th, 56th), Jaidan Reeder (72nd)

Oxford RL Goals: Charlie Hewes (3/6)

Yellow card: Jaidan Reeder (46th)

Ghana RL:

William Pearce Biney, Yakubu Suleiman, Chris da Gama, Geotrah Desmond John Bless Mensah, David Nartey, Collins Ofosu, Nigel Sackey, Jonas Moorkaar, Tony Agbemenu, Emmanuel Acheampong, Jonathan Adotey, Riddick Alibah, Anane Benjamin, Kwasi Akuamoah Boateng, Bawa Bright, Philip Asomani.

Oxford University Rugby League Club

Archie Barraclough, Milo Wills, Dan Cotton, Max Peacock, Harry Folkard, Charlie Hewes, Jack Gordon, Joe Endacott, Jaidan Reeder, Ryan Parry, Dan Haslett, Zak Ball, Joseph Grosvenor, Brian Kwizera, James Milford, Oliver Bottle, Patrick Robinson

RLFG HOSTS WOMEN'S CHAMPIONSHIP AND INTERNATIONAL FRIENDLY HISTORY

(JULY 2022)

Rugby League Federation Ghana (RLFG) on Sunday, July 3, 2022, at the Mensah Sarbah field of the University of Ghana, hosted the first-ever 13s Women's Championship and an international friendly between the University of Oxford and the RLFG President's Select side.

First-Ever 13s Women Rugby League Championship

History was made in rugby league with ladies officially playing the certified standard of the game - 13s.

The two teams that played were Giwa McNeil XIII and Safi XIII. After an exciting and trialing encounter, Giwa McNeil XIII came out victorious, winning 8-0.

University of Oxford Rugby League Football Club and the RLFG President's Select side

The second match and international friendly of the day were between Rugby League Federation Ghana's President XIII and Oxford University Rugby League.

After 80 minutes of exciting action, Oxford University Rugby League won 24-08.

Present at the Event

Mr. Keith McMahon

British Deputy High Commissioner of Ghana, Mr. Jeffery Owusu,

Director of Sports Promotion, National Sports Authority, Mr. Slyvester Wellington (Former President, Ghana Rugby League)

Nana Farouk Prempeh (President, RLFG), Alhaji Ibrahim Issaka, and Mr Wisdom Geotrah (Board members RLFG)

OXFORD UNIVERSITY TO TOUR GHANA

(JUNE 2022)

The Rugby League Federation Ghana (RLFG) after seven weeks of non-stop action has released the names of 37 players to represent Ghana in 2 international games against Oxford University Rugby League Club (OURLFC).

From July 1-11, 2022, the RLFG President's XIII and National Team will be hosting Oxford University Rugby League to a double duel scheduled for the days below at the Mensah Sarbah Field, University of Ghana, Legon.

Sunday, July 3, 2022: Oxford RL vs President XIII || 3:30 pm || University of Ghana

Saturday, July 9, 2022: National XIII vs Oxford RL || 3:30 pm || University of Ghana.

Below is the list of selected players.

GHANA SKOLARS

David Nartey, Chris da Gama, William Pearce Biney, Riddick Alibah, Elvis Ayertey, Emmanuel Acheampong, Jordan Annan, Boateng Nana Kwasi, Francis Lawson.

ACCRA MAJESTICS

Yakubu Suleman, Sadik Ahmed, Jalilu Mohammed, Osman Alhassan

ACCRA PANTHERS

Jonas Moorkaar, Mohammed Alhassan, Nathaniel Arday, Darryl Amoatey, Samuel Adu Sarpong Aboagye

AFRICAN WARRIORS

Eric Sowah, Mohammed Yakubu, Isaac Bimpong

NUNGUA TIGERS

Iddrisu Sulemanu, Stephen Adinyira, Ekow Awenor-Williams

BULLS

Anane Benjamin, Geotrah Desmond, Nigel Sackey, Collins Owusu, Bawa Bright, Kwasi Akuamuah Boateng, Buabeng Martin, Calvinson Accorlor.

PIRATES

Jonathan Adotey, John Bless Mensah, Anthony Agbemenu, Philip Asomani, Enoch Nikoi

As part of this year's tour, Oxford will visit and conduct sessions at Queensland and Englebert schools. They will also undertake a peer coaching session with the University of Ghana Rugby League team to share their experience with the rugby league community.

Ghana has been chosen as the destination for the OURLFC’s summer tour because of the enviable growth and visibility of the Federation in the world of Rugby League.

RLFG 13S CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND OF GAMES

(JUNE 2022)

After seven weeks of intense action, the 2022 Rugby League Men's 13s Championship round of games has come to end with Bulls RLFC topping the table with 18 points after winning all six matches.

Defending champions, Ghana Skolars are second with 15 points, while debutants Accra Majestics are third with 12 points

The second stage in this championship will see Ghana Skolars face off Accra Majestics in a "revenge or repeat" play-off on July 24 with the winner booking the only spot to meet the rampaging Bulls RLFC in the finals on July 31, 2022.

Below are the results for week 7 of the 2022 13s Rugby League Championship.


Accra Majestics 0-18 Ghana Skolars

African Warriors 20-0 Pirates

Bulls 38-12 Accra Panthers


Men's Coordinator of RLFG, Riddick Alibah shared his experience in round 1 of the 13s Men Championship.

"The championship has seen a lot of growth over the weeks. The intensity, game knowledge and discipline to time have been upheld". Mr Alibbah said.

Mr Alibah also acknowledged the efforts of all individuals who had round one a success.

"We acknowledge and appreciate the efforts of all teams, their managers, the technical team and the hardworking organizing team for always showing up and working ahead of everyone". Mr Alibah added.

The 2022 Rugby League 13s Women and Juniors Championship will commence on July 3 2022. This will be followed by Oxford University who will also face off with the President's XIII team at 4 pm on the same day

The venue for the upcoming games will be the Mensah Sarbah field, at the University of Ghana at 2 pm.

A1 Diesel and Long Chips Partners with Rugby League in Ghana

(June 2022)

A1 Diesel, dealers in electronic injectors, electronic fuel pumps, turbo chargers, and Long Chips, a potato chips distributor in Ghana have both signed a partnerships with Rugby League Federation Ghana (RLFG).

The partnership would support the RLFG development of Rugby League through its 2022 activities: 9s Championship, 13s Championship, Origins, Blood Donation and Breast Screening exercises and finally a Beach Tournament to climax the year.

In an interview with A1 Diesel LTD Director of Operations - Rolands Markus on why they supported Rugby League Federation Ghana, this is what he had to say;

"A1 Diesel LTD decided to offer sponsorship to Rugby League Federation Ghana because we are captivated by RLFG outstanding work and like to work with big organisations who are concerned about the welfare and lifestyle of people.

Similarly, Mr Philip A. Kwakye (Long Chips Director of Operations) reiterated that Long Chips (Snack Stock Ghana) wishes to help grow and ensure Rugby League grows even better, thereby demonstrating to everyone that Rugby League is for all.

"We want to keep supporting while we grow together (physically and mentally). We believe that if more big companies could come in, then we would have more teams and good players"

"As a young and vibrant Federation, the RLFG is grateful to A1 Diesel and Long Chips for seeing the potential in the sport and stepping forward to support" - Mr Daniel Oko Djanie (Marketing Manager, Rugby League Federation Ghana)

FROM FOOTBALLS TO RUGBY LEAGUE BALLS

(May 2022)

George Asamoah is a teacher at Akrofrom D/A Junior High School (JHS) which is located in the Afigya Kwabre South District. He teaches from JHS 1-3. His field of teaching is Mathematics which happens to be a core subject in our Junior High Schools. Not only does Mr. Asamoah teach mathematics, but he also takes his students through both the theoretical and practical aspects of Physical Education and Health, mostly known by the general populace as “PE”.

Mr. Asamoah first got to know of the Rugby League through a workshop that was organized by the Ashanti Regional Sports Director at the Baba Yara Sports Stadium in Kumasi last year in 2021. During the workshop, physical education instructors were exposed to both the theoretical and practical aspects of the sport. This got Mr. Asamoah interested in Rugby League.

"I have grown fond of the game and I now happen to be the organizer in the Afigya Kwabre South District".

Not only do I organize rugby league training sessions, but I also happen to be a handball coach and also a footballer.

Mr. Asamoah has added rugby league into the school curriculum and he sometimes uses the PE period to teach the students. Teaching the students about this game hasn’t been easy as he has a lot of challenges. These challenges could not be relinquished without the right mentality to compromise especially when he first started teaching his students how to play rugby league. "We had to make use of footballs instead of standardized rugby balls and this made training very difficult especially when it came to the handling of the ball".

The rugby balls received from RLFG made training much easier and more understanding.

Currently, I have more than 60 students under my tutelage. These students are from the various cohorts that I teach.

"As of now rugby league is being taught three days a week and I can say that we’ve made substantive strides since I began teaching rugby league in the school".

These students aspire to become professionals and their dream is to one day make their families and the nation proud by not only representing Ghana but also winning trophies.

The support of colleagues in the school has been enormous. They sometimes share words of encouragement and motivate the students to keep working hard and help in taking coverage of training sessions which help Mr. Asomoah in analyzing areas to work on.

VISIT TO THE MINISTRY OF YOUTH AND SPORTS

April 2022

The Rugby League Federation Ghana paid a working visit to the Minister for Youth and Sports, Hon. Mustapha Ussif on Tuesday, April 18, 2022.

The visit was to inform him about the activities of the Federation and its recent partnership with Salford Red Devils RLC.

The Rugby League Federation Ghana has signed an agreement with Salford Red Devils (a UK based Super League Club) to assist with the development of coaches, players and the sport in Ghana.

Speaking at the meeting, Mr Alex Appiah Mensah (Representative, Salford Red Devils RLC) in his submission, appealed to the Minister and his ministry to support this partnership to grow Rugby League in Ghana.

General Manager of the Federation, Jafaru Awudu Mustapha, gave a brief history about the sport, how it differs from other sports and also touched on the upcoming match against Oxford University Rugby League in July and the hosting of the Middle East Africa Championship from September 27- October 3, 2022.

The Minister, Hon Ussif Mustapha, in his response assured the delegation of his willingness to strengthen and promote Ghana sports and Rugby League in particular. He went further to applaud the Federation for a good job done and the initiative by Salford Red Devils RLC to partner with the Rugby League Federation Ghana.

Present at the meeting were the Honourable Minister for Youths and Sports Hon. Ussif Mustapha, Mr Alex Appiah Mensah (Salford Red Devils Representative) who also doubled as Chairman of Ghana Union of Greater Manchester, Jafaru Awudu Mustapha (General Manager Rugby Federation Ghana), Jamaludeen Abdullah (Executive Assistant to the Minister) and Mr Ernest Ampong (Office of the President).

2022 RUGBY LEAGUE 9s CHAMPIONSHIP

March 2022

The Rugby League Federation Ghana is set to launch for a fifth season running, the annual Nines Championship slated for Sunday, March, 13 and 20 at the University of Ghana Ajax Park, Legon.

As part of this year's event, the Federation has confirmed plans to launch elite women and youth versions alongside the men’s competition to advance the women and colts sections of the game in the country.

The two-week tournament seeks to tickle rugby league enthusiasts with fascinating entertainment as well as establish a competitive hedge among clubs ahead of the 13s Championship this May.

Matches will be played under a three-round group basis with group toppers facing off for a final in the senior men’s whiles the women and youth division involve a single-round match format.

Competing clubs in the men’s division involves defending champions Accra Panthers, Skolars, Bulls Pirates, Nungua Tigers and debutants Accra Majestics and Africa Warriors Rugby League Club.

In the youth division, African Warriors are set to lock horns with Nungua Tigers and Firm Foundation.

The trial blazing women’s championship will be competed by Skolars, Bulls, Accra Panthers, Accra Majestics and Nungua Tigers.

“The women’s game is rapidly growing and has reached its attraction point hence the need to expand the championship. This competition will provide an opportunity for our clubs and players to showcase and unearth new talents, especially in the women’s game”- says Jafaru Mustapha, General Manager of the Rugby League Federation Ghana.

RLFG AT 1O

March 2022

Today we celebrate 10 years since the phone call that changed Rugby League in Ghana, West Africa forever.

In 2012, London Skolars Founder Hector McNeil and his wife Sara had an idea to parachute Rugby League into the heart of Ghana. Linking in International Rugby League’s Secretary General Danny Kazandjian (then General Manager for the ERL) and UK Sport’s Clare Barrell, that idea quickly became a reality.

The conversation led to Danny and Clare travelling to Accra, meeting with the University of Ghana and interviewing candidates to coordinate Rugby League in the nation to ensure the game could flourish in the economic hub of Accra. With the continuous backing of the Giwa-McNeil family since day one, the rest as they say, is history.

Today we extend our thanks to Hector, Sara, Danny and Clare for all their support, and over the coming weeks we’ll be recognising the pioneers of the game in Ghana and what Rugby League Federation Ghana have achieved over the past decade.

THE MIDDLE EAST AFRICA CHAMPIONSHIP DRAW IS COMPLETE

February 2022

The draw for the 2022 Middle East Africa Championships has taken place at Salford Red Devils, who are partners with hosts Ghana. The tournament will run from September 27 to October 3 at the University of Ghana Sports Grounds, Accra. The initial pairings - which will see Morocco take on Ghana and Cameroon face holders Nigeria in the opening games – were pulled out by Salford director Paul Trainor and City of Salford councillor Nathaniel Tetteh, assisted by Salford director Paul King (link here https://youtube.com/watch?v=j4BfcAahqLM&feature=share)

Those initial matches will be played on September 28, with the two winners meeting on October 1 to decide the title, whilst the two losers will play off for third place, and be eliminated from qualifying for the 2025 Rugby League World Cup. This will be the third MEA Championship held, Lebanon the inaugural winners in 2015.

The full story and link to the video can be found here: https://www.intrl.sport/news/draw-made-for-2022-middle-east-africa-championship/


RUGBY LEAGUE FEDERATION GHANA TO HOST 2022 MEA CHAMPIONSHIP

JANUARY 2022

Following a comprehensive bidding process, Ghana has been chosen to host the 2022 Middle East Africa Championship, which will run from 27 September to 2 October. Four nations will take part - Morocco, Nigeria, and Cameroon joining the hosts - in what will be the third edition of the championship.

There is greater incentive for the winners this time with victory seeing them join the qualification process on the continent for the 2025 Rugby League World Cup. Nigeria is the current holder of the trophy having triumphed in 2019, the last two scheduled competitions being postponed because of the global pandemic.

President of Rugby League Federation Ghana, Nana Prempeh, commented: “We are very happy to have won the bid to host the 2022 MEA Championship. This will aid RLFG in strengthening its relationship with the government, it also increases awareness to attract more players in various regions, and possibly investors to assist growing the sport. Ghana will be ready.“

RLFG general manager, Jafaru Mustafa, added: “After 10 years of being involved with the sport and with the commitment of the human resources around at the moment, I am very confident that the 2022 MEA Championship is in the right place. We will work assiduously to make this event one of the best Africa has ever witnessed. Any players with Ghanaian heritage who would like to get in touch, please contact us through our website.”

The Head of Marketing & Branding for RLFG, Daniel Oko Djanie expressed high level of excitement. He said this is a great opportunity for Corporate organizations, Individual philanthropists and sponsors to support Rugby League which will increase their brand connection and growth and also help develop the wonderful sport.

Details of the draw for the tournament will be announced soon and are likely to be linked to a Super League fixture.

European Rugby League interim chair, Graeme Thompson, who oversaw the bid process said: “The staging of the Championship in Ghana will mark another significant milestone for the nation and the sport. After many years of sustained development in Ghana, it will provide a high profile event and a great reward for all those volunteers who have done so much for the game there. Having witnessed first-hand the last Championship in 2019, this is a unique event. It will no doubt see high impact competition on the field and another step forward in Middle East Africa’s journey as a standalone confederation.”

RLFG Teams Up With Savannah International Academy

December 2021.

The Rugby League Federation Ghana (RLFG) in association with Savannah International Academy (SIA) and the National Sports Authority (NSA), Tamale is set to host a two-day introduction to Rugby League for students of SIA and PE teachers from selected schools in the region.


The workshop is aimed at promoting the spread of the Rugby League as well as increasing the opportunities available for members of the community in terms of local and international participation in the sport. This will see a lot of students and teachers coming to Savannah International School for first-hand training on the rudiments of the game from Thursday, December 16 to Friday, December 17, 2021.


"Growth for every organisation is vital to its survival. Within this opportunity given us lays a responsibility to teach, coach and mentor and we are grateful for that." -Jafaru Awudu Mustapha


About Rugby League


Rugby League, commonly known as footy, is a full-contact sport played by two teams of thirteen players or with a variation of nine players aside played on a rectangular field measuring 68 metres wide and 112–122 metres long. Rugby League Federation Ghana (RLFG), is the sole organisation responsible for the promotion of the game of rugby league in the country.


About Savannah International Academy


Savannah International Academy (SIA) is a private co-educational institution, located in Tamale, in the Northern Region. The school caters for students from age 6-18 years. SIA is accredited by the Cambridge Assessment International Examinations (CAIE), UK and offers the International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) and A levels within a multi-cultural, multi-faith and International setting. Our overarching objective is to nurture our students to be global leaders who serve their communities with integrity and respect.


This collaboration comes in handy with the Rugby League Federation Ghana geared towards expanding the sport and opening it up in all the regions in Ghana.

The principal of the SIA, Mr Farouk Iliasu stated: "this comes to us with great joy, we as a school are particular with exposing our students to a wide range of sporting opportunities. Academic learning and sports complement each other and at SIA, we believe sports play a major role in shaping our students to be leaders, tolerant and have a sense of team spirit.

We are excited to be a part of this in our region and we believe it will be a great opportunity to not just engage our students but the surrounding communities and region at large"


The 3 man team from the Federation led by the General Manager Mr Jafaru Awudu Mustapha, Mr Marshall Nortey -Technical Director and Mr Alibah Riddick- Men's Coordinator / Captain of the National Team are ready to make this initiative a success.

Jafaru added; "We are poised to expose this great sport to Tamale. It is our dream to make Rugby League a national sport in a few years and these engagements and collaborations inch us closer to that dream. We appreciate SIA and the NSA for doing a great job in hosting and accepting us, this will go a long way in getting us grounded in the region. Kudos to our Men's Coordinator and Captain Riddick for his relentless efforts in making this happen.".


UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD RUGBY LEAGUE CLUB SET TO TOUR GHANA

DECEMBER 2021

2022 is set to host yet another significant milestone for Rugby League Federation Ghana as the prestigious University of Oxford will be looking to send their Rugby League Club to travel to West Africa in the summer months. Oxford are the first team to visit Accra since the GB Pioneers in 2014, and will be the first true student rugby league touring side in the history of the game to compete in Ghana.

Now in their 45th year of existence, both the Blues 1st and 2nd Grade are currently enjoying a successful season in the British University & Colleges Sport Leagues with the highly anticipated Varsity versus Cambridge University slated post season. You would then, be forgiven for wondering how a club such as Oxford finds itself in the planning stages of touring a country that sits over 4000 miles and 2 continents away.

OURLFC President Joseph Grosvenor explains, ‘we saw the traction that the media coverage was getting for Rugby League in Ghana earlier this year, the National Team V the Presidents XIII and the success of the 1Jersey Project and decided to reach out to former Oxford and Ghana National Team back rower Abeku Nelson to see if we could link in. Our aim is to take a travelling party of 25 players and staff, assist with some community work and then have a 2-game series versus the Presidents XIII and the National side. Ultimately, we want to promote the great game of rugby league in Africa and highlight the values we have as a club’.

Former Ghana National Team and University of Oxford player Marcus-Alexander Amate Neil (who captained both sides) paid tribute to his former club stating ‘OURLFC is an outstanding set up, with the game being on the rise in Ghana and the need for support from those outsides of West Africa, this will go some way to developing the game on the ground. I’m looking forward to seeing how the physical match up unfolds more than anything.’

RLFG General Manager Jafaru Mustapha has highlighted the impact the tour will have and the hope for the future ‘2022 marks a decade since the arrival of Rugby League in our nation, and one space we are now ready to further develop is Higher Education. It is fitting then, that we will welcome Oxford to the University of Ghana to compete against both the Presidents XIII and the HANetf National Team. Our hope is to build a solid foundation for us to take forward and one day tour England on the return leg’.

With Abeku Nelson continuing his support of both teams, he will have a split allegiance come July as he joins the Oxford touring party, yet will be representing Ghana’s National side, and notes ‘I have an affinity to both groups, and know the importance of this tour to each. I do hope, based on the back of this tour, that more clubs see the growth of the game in Africa and look to head there for competition. I’ll be with Oxford off field, but 100% with Ghana on it.’

Both parties are of course paying close attention to the pandemic as we move into the new year and for more information about how you can support the tour please contact OURLFC Club President Joseph Grosvenor on ‘joseph.grosvenor@wadham.ox.ac.uk’

Pictured:

Top: Oxford University Rugby League Football Club - 2022

Bottom Left: Marcus-Alexander Amate Neil – Varsity 2014

Bottom Right: Abeku Nelson – Varsity 2014


The 2022 Rugby League Federation Calendar has been released with its first major event of the year being Touch Rugby scheduled for January 16th at the University of Ghana (UG), Legon.

December 2021

According to the calendar, the Touch Rugby would be followed by a Long Tag Rugby League event on February 13th at the same venue.

There would also be a 9's Rugby League event from March 13th through to April 10th.

In between the series would be the UG Inter-Hall Games in March while the Men, Youth, and Women Championship between May 1st and June 1st.

July 1st is scheduled for a Friendly Match.

Aside from the competitions, the Origins would take their turn on August 27th while MEA 2021 would be in September.

A Blood Donation and Breast Cancer exercise would be staged on October 29 with Registration scheduled for November 1st.

December 5th is scheduled for Beach Rugby League.

Campaigns scheduled for the year on all social media platforms would include the Touch and rugby league ball to be held between October to December, while the Rugby League would be between May and July with green and fresh slated for January to February.

Tackle Like A Lady would be between March and April while XX power would be held between October to December.

Technical activities would also be held with the Coaching/Officiating events set for January 27-30.

Know your Laws Forum and other coaching and officiating courses would be held in April and June respectively with the last coaching event slated for Kumasi in February.

A national team training would also be held twice a month.

NSA LAUNCHES THE INTRODUCTION OF RUGBY LEAGUE IN KUMASI

NOVEMBER 2021

The Ashanti Regional Directorate of the National Sports Authority (NSA) commenced a three-day workshop with the introduction of Rugby League and other games in the Ashanti Region at the Baba Yara Sports Stadium from 25th - 26th November 2021. The workshop was honoured by the Rugby League Federation Ghana (RLFG) to teach and educate tutors and coaches about the sport.

The core mandate of the workshop was aimed at educating and developing Rugby League from the grass-roots level in the Region. More than 50 coaches, officials, and physical education teachers were lectured and shown videos on the origins of rugby league and how it is played. Following the lectures was a practical session on the field. Participants were taught basic skills in rugby league such as griping of the ball, passing and catching, and other activities to whip their interest in the sport.

On day two of the workshop, participants were introduced to officiating in an in-class session, where they were taught some rules of rugby league with the aid of videos and pictures.

Mr Emmanuel Kojo Appiah, acting regional director of the NSA and host of the workshop expressed his excitement to have a workshop on a new sport in the region.

rugby league is a new sport to the region and I am happy the RLFG has honoured our invitation to introduce the sport to the senior high tutors”. Mr Appiah said.

He shared that as part of developing rugby league in the region, the sport will be piloted in six selected schools in Kumasi, and hence the need for the workshop to educate senior high physical education tutors.

The Asokore Mampong Municipal Education District representative and participant, Philomena Kakra Buckman, expressed the importance of the introduction of rugby league to the senior high schools and the benefits of having multi-sport disciplines in Kumasi and the country as a whole.

Mrs Buckman stated that the workshop was mind-opening and projected that there will be a need to face the challenges that come with most new sports’

“This workshop has broadened our knowledge in this sport. There will be challenges along the way but we will put in the necessary effort to push the sport”.

Technical director, RLFG, Marshall Nortey observed that with an unlimited talent pool from the schools, the interest of teachers and handlers and the requisite resources from the federation and its Salford partners, Ashanti Region was a powerhouse in waiting.

"As a federation, we are keen on spreading our sport and we will ensure that we engage in more workshops similar to this to explain and teach rugby league to every Ghanaian we make contact with. Thanks to the National Sports Authority, Ashanti Region for the opportunity", Jafaru Awudu Mustapha General Manager, RLFG, remarked.

Resource persons representing the RLFG at the workshop were Mr Jafaru Awudu Mustapha, General Manager, Mr Marshall Nortey, Technical Director, and Mr Julius Amevor, Rugby League Coach, NSA.

The NSA team in attendance included; Mr Kwame Amponfi Jnr., Head of Education, Training and Research Unit, Dr Enoch Baa, Mr Frank Boahen, CEO of Green Grass Technology and Mr Michael Okoto, Physical Education Coordinator, Ghana Education Service.


RLFG LAUNCHES #XXPOWER

NOVEMBER 2021

The Rugby League Federation Ghana(RLFG) has launched the XX Power campaign, an important stage in the pathway to establishing a women’s national team, following from an interesting and highly competitive series of full-contact games in the Origins Cup.

XX Power, the fourth stage of the pathway, is an introductory coaching and officiating course specially designed for women rugby league players in Ghana.  It is designed to provide the women with basic coaching and officiating skills with the hope of them attaining Level 1 coaching status in the shortest possible time. 

Nadia Lilian Enyan, Assistant Women’s Coordinator of the RLFG had this to say about XX Power.

“It is a good initiative and a good way to motivate the ladies and women in general. This will help women break the glass ceiling in sports, especially in rugby league, and will also boost our chances of taking up international roles. The ladies should take advantage of XX Power and make the most of the opportunity”.

Edinam Afi Yengbe, RLFG Women’s Coordinator and engineer of the programme sharing her thoughts, expressed her delight in the launch of the programme.

“I am excited that XX Power has started. The ladies are ready and are showing dedication to the course. At this rate, we would establish our national team sooner than anticipated. The future of women’s rugby league in Ghana looks so exciting and we are ever will begin put in the work to make this dream of ours a reality”, Miss Yengbe said.

General manager and leader for coaching, Jafaru Awudu Mustapha said he is overwhelmed about the steps and pace at which the female players are acquiring skill and knowledge in coaching and officiating.

Mr Mustapha said with this initiative, the ladies will have a greater advantage when the Salford partnership deal runs and also have an upper hand in understanding when taking up the Level 1 courses under the International Rugby League.

Technical Director of RLFG Marshall Nortey expressed his excitement to lead the session with the ladies.

"I'm excited to deliver a session in this program as the ladies have begun competitive contact and it's only fair that we complement their game knowledge off the field tMr"

Mr Nortey said the program will be the catalyst by which all ladies will wear national colours in competitions.

"Its success will mean a replication in all the other wings of the playing body ie. juvenile, youth, tertiary and men." Mr Nortey added.

Mr Nortey finally commended the women's Coordinator, Judith Yengbe and her team for this initiative and recommended other coordinators to do the same.

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SALFORD RED DEVILS PARTNER WITH RLFG

Full story HERE (October 2021)

B-POWER A GREAT SUCCESS

(October 2021)

#BreastCancerAwarenessMonth

After a month of preaching about breast screening and donating blood, we engage members of the University of Ghana and players in screening and donating blood. We also introduced the sports to new participants who passed through.

Thank you to all who made 𝐁-𝐏𝐎𝐖𝐄𝐑 a success. RLFG is grateful.

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Blood donation

Touch a Ball

RLFG RESTARTS MILITARY ACADEMY CAMPAIGN

(SEPTEMBER 2021)

The Rugby League Federation Ghana (RLFG) on September 22, 2021 resumed rugby league sessions with the Military Academy. The session which looked at wiping the interest of personals at the Physical Training School seeks to raise an armed forces team and to secure more officiating and coach talents.

Speaking at a short ceremony to present balls to the School, head coach Andy Gilvary, performance coach, Adam Bromley and technical head of the RLFG, Marshall Nortey spoke to the 2021 intake about the prospects and possibilities that await them if they decide to try rugby league.

The course group which comprise personnel from various security services from across the country are currently, undergoing a physical training course at the Ghana Military Academy and Training Schools-Teshie, and as such presents the Rugby League Federation Ghana the opportunity to spread the sport across the length and breadth of the country.

The RLFG is focus on breaking new grounds with the Military to grow one of the greatest sports available. We believe partnership like this forged around common lines will help raise a team, develop officials and coaches as well as get an armed forces team to represent mother Ghana"- Marshall Nortey (Technical Head, Rugby League Federation Ghana)

RLFG ANNOUNCE NATIONAL TEAM

(SEPTEMBER 2021)

The Rugby League Federation Ghana (RLFG) has named a 20-man squad ahead of Sunday's game against the President XIII select side on September 26, 2021.

The selection was made after a three-game test series between Giwa-McNeil XIII and Safi XIII in the just ended Origins Cup, held at the Mensah Sarbah field of the University of Ghana. Players were selected based on their performance over the three games which started on September 5.

“With help from Sports Elite, we selected players based on strength, power, skills, tackles completed, knowledge of the game, tackle breaks, and discipline", technical head (RLFG) ,Marshall Nortey said.

National team coach, Andy Gilvary expressed his excitement with the development and future of the women and men rugby league in Ghana; “it is fantastic to see the development in both men and women's rugby league in Ghana and hopefully in a couple of years we’ll see both play in a high level international tournament”. He further threw light on the national team as they prepare for the Middle East Africa Rugby League tournament in 2022; “we will start training this thursday towards the Middle East Africa Rugby League champion next year, on the international level, when we start playing other African nations, our aim is to beat the number one team in Africa, and in the next five to ten years we fly up the world ranking.”

National Team Squad

Accra Panthers

Mensah John Bless - Accr Panthers 

Moorkaar Jonas - Accra Panthers


Skolars

Pearce-Biney William - Ghana Skolars 

Annan Jordan -Ghana Skolars

Nartey David - Ghana  Skolars

Amevor Richard - Ghana Skolars

Boateng Nana Kwesi - Ghana Skolars

Da Gama Chris -Ghana  Skolars

Quaye Michael - Ghana  Skolars

Mohammed Yakubu - Ghana Skolars

Alibah Riddick - Ghana Skolars

Acheampong Emmanuel - Ghana Skolars


Tigers

Puman Oliver - Nungua Tigers

Agbemenu Anthony - Nungua  Tigers

Adotey Jonathan - Nungua Tigers


Bulls RLFC

Kwasi Akuamoah-Boateng - Bulls RLFC

Ofosu Collins - Bulls RLFC

Buabeng Martin Oko - Bulls RLFC

Sackey Nigel - Bulls RLFC

Geotrah Desmond - Bulls RLFC


The national team will begin training on Thursday, September 23, 2021, at the University of Ghana Ajax 1 field . The team will play against the Presidents XIII on Sunday, September 26, 2021, at the University of Ghana, Mensah Sarbah field at 2pm.

In rugby league, Ghana is ranked third (3rd) in Middle East Africa and thirty-third (33rd) in the world.

PANTHERS

SKOLARS

TIGERS

BULLS

ORIGINS CUP IS HERE

(AUGUST 2021)

WHO MAKES THE SQUAD

(AUGUST 2021)

RLFG SET FOR ORIGINS CUP

(JULY 2021)

The Rugby League Federation Ghana (RLFG), has called up several local players from the just-ended championship to participate in its Origins' Cup tournament set to commence on  September 5, 2021.

The Origins' Tournament is a qualifying series that offers players the opportunity to compete with each other and get selected into the national team. With a set of two teams, this tournament is tipped to be a display of high performance from individuals and their allocated teams. It is primarily a stage for the called up players to justify their inclusion in the National Team.

The Two teams for the Origins Cup tournament,  Giwa-McNeil XIII and Safi XIII have been named after Mrs Sarah Giwa-McNeil and MEA Director, Remond Safi. Three games will be played in all the justification process.

A total number of 20 players would be called up to the national team and presented with new jerseys donated by the Giwa-McNeil family.

According to the National Team coach; Andy Gilvary, the management team has been working closely with sponsors and other stakeholders to create its second national team designs. He believes that this new jersey would represent the Ghanaian colours and hopes it is accepted on the international stage.

“We have been working for some time now with our sponsors and designers to create our second National Team jersey since the 2019 MEA Championships in Nigeria. We believe we have now released a playing shirt Ghanaians can be proud of. By retaining the nation's colours, a leopard print to represent our men in the field and incorporating a more traditional rugby league test chevron, the hope is we will be well received on the international stage. Playing legacy is, and will always be an ambition for those who don the National Team strip and we look forward to seeing what this group can do and how they are remembered in this kit.”

The Federation’s General Manager, Jafaru Mustapha also shared that “As a Federation, the search for new jerseys has been long coming. We are grateful to all individuals who made it happen. We will wear them with your support in mind”.


The Origins Cup training is set to start on 22nd July 2020 at the Legon Rugby field.

INTERNATIONAL JERSEY LAUNCHED

(JULY 2021)

RLFG are pleased to launch their new National Team Jersey and on field apparel that will be used for all upcoming competition.


Rugby League Federation Ghana also extends it’s warm thanks and sincere appreciation to the Giwa-McNeil family for their donation of the National Team official apparel. Amongst supporting the National Team, the Giwa-McNeil Family have been founding members of Student Rugby League and London Skolars, along with Rugby League in Ghana.

Produced by Optimum sports, designed by Warrington Wolves Super League Women’s coaching staff member Ryan Cartledge and presented by one of the world’s greatest ever forwards Adrian Morley the Leopard’s look forward to donning the new kit in their next international game.


We will also be looking to put jerseys on sale in the coming months once confirmed.

GHANA RUGBY LEAGUE CHAMPIONS CROWNED

Full story: HERE (JULY 2021)

RUGBY LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIP '21

(MAY 2021)

New entrants threaten a take over:

May 23 to July 4, 2021, will see The Legon Rugby Field host the 2nd edition of the Rugby League Championship after the maiden in 2019.

The upcoming edition by fixture and participation poses to be a more exciting one as new entrants and new categories get welcomed.

Aside from Nungua Tigers who will be featuring in the 4 club men championship, RLFG has newly introduced the women and youth categories.

The campaign that saw the uprise in participation in Women's Rugby League in Ghana; Pretty Girls Play Rugby League, makes the upcoming Women's Rugby League Championship well-grounded and set to sail. Accra Panthers, Ghana Skolars and Nungua Tigers will cross swords in the Women's category.

2019 Champions, Bulls RLFC with 1st and 2nd Runners up, Ghana Scholars and Accra Panthers will welcome Nungua Tigers in the Men's category.

Though, having competed and being bullied by existing teams in competitions held a while ago, Nungua Tigers have maintained a firm posture of a hopeful take over in the RL Championship.

Jonas Moorkaar, President and coach of Accra Panthers shared his take on the upcoming tournament; "As a coach, nothing can make me prouder than knowing my players gave their best with what I taught them. Let this 2021 season be a display of talent, skill and growth of all my players in the league".

"The inclusion of the youth and the ladies in this edition is something to write home about. This year promises a bigger better Rugby League. May the best teams win"General manager, Jafaru Mustapha added.

Moreover, RLFG's Development Plan which initiates the Youth Championship with Two and First-Ever participants; African Warriors and Firm Foundation, will bring thrills to the entire championship.

RLFG will stream live all matches in a way of observing the covid 19 protocols.


RLFG WELCOMES S&C COACH ADAM BROMLEY

(APRIL 2021)


The RLFG welcomes Strength and Conditioning Coach Adam Bromley who will be helping to support the community game and National Team Head Trainer Marshall Nortey along with Jonas Moorkaar as we look towards the National Team's preparations for 2021.

Adam, who has worked with several professional clubs in England and currently with Stanningley, is bringing a wealth of experience to help grow the game in Ghana.

Adam is a qualified and certified trainer with an MSc in Strength and Conditioning (Leeds Beckett University 2016-2017), REPs level 3 personal trainer and Emergency First Aid at Work RFQ 2019.

He also has experience as a Sports Scientist.

(2020 -2021) for Pro Football Support, Strength and Conditioning Coach (2018- present) for A2B Conditioning, Head of Strength and Conditioning (2017-2018) for Hunslet RFLC.

RLFG is grateful for this kind gesture. We also like to seek more supports for organisations to help in the development of Rugby League in Ghana.

RLFG SECURE SPONSORSHIP DEAL

GTV SET TO AIR RUGBY LEAGUE WORLD CUP GAMES ACROSS GHANA

EACH AND EVERY TUESDAY - 3.30PM

(APRIL 2021)

#WeEmpower

CAMPAIGN LAUNCHED (MARCH 2021)

The Women's Wing of the Rugby League Federation Ghana has launched a new campaign in anticipation of this year's International Women's Day. This campaign, themed #WeEmpower, is in solidarity with the UN's theme for the occasion this year. It aims to empower women by challenging stereotypes and male domination in all aspects of their lives, particularly in sports, and especially during this period when the world is facing the Covid-19 pandemic.

"With this campaign, I'm hoping to empower a lot of women, encourage them to be better and to improve their quality of life.", said Rachel Ankomah, Women's Rugby League Cordinator. "We need to stop accepting what society says and fight for equal rights. A woman can be and can do more than just being in the kitchen as society perceives. We have a lot of players who are also giving back to community through the work they do.

Also we have women who have taken up Leadership roles in the Federation and I believe that should be a great motivation to the ladies out there and an indication that they can achieve what they set their eyes to."

In lieu of this, there will be a program on the 8th of March to celebrate International Women's day. This program is themed "Choose to Challenge: Challenging Stereotyping of Women and Women Empowerment".

Edinam Yengbe, the Assistant Women's and Events Coordinator, has this to say; "It is rather unfortunate that up until today, some women still hold traditional perspectives of themselves and their roles in society. Up until today, we still find women talking down on the successes of other women. We find women advising their daughters to behave in a certain way to be accepted in society. They choose to leave some aspects of decision making and some leadership positions to their male counterparts because it is what society expects of them. How about teaching our daughters that it is alright for them to challenge existing stereotypes? How about encouraging them to strive to effectively and efficiently operate in male-dominated fields?"

She goes on to add that she is "excited about the UN's theme for this year's International Women's Day celebration. This year, we choose to challenge. We choose to be a better version of ourselves. We choose to be empowered so we can empower other women. And we choose to begin this campaign with the women in the Rugby League Federation Ghana, while extending invitations to individuals, groups or societies who find this cause worthy to join is on this campaign. We are certainly leaving no one behind!"

In an interview on the upcoming event, this is what Nadia Lilian Enyan, Public Relations Officer and Sponsorship Manager, had to say; "The event is mainly aimed at encouraging more women who are interested in sports to join in without thinking of how they would be seen or thought of as a sportsperson. As we know a lot of women engaged in sporting activities are tagged with a certain name, either they’re seen as manly or “kankpe”. We hope to let women know they can indulge in all sporting activities freely regardless of what people think.

It’s all about believing in yourself and being confident about what you do and making impact."

"Also, the event aims to empower women and encourage women that they could be in the corporate world and still be sports people. There are several women out there who occupy managerial positions yet still are very sporty and no one is able to criticize them or ridicule them for what they do. This instills some form of confidence in you and should help encourage everyone that you can be a boss in the office and on the Field".

The event will be held virtually via Zoom on March 8, 2021. This is to ensure that no physical contact is made due to the Corona Virus pandemic, and also to allow for participants abroad to join in without trouble.


RLFG CALENDAR: YOUR MONTH BY MONTH GUIDE TO 2021 | (JAN 2021)

The Corona virus pandemic frown on sporting activities throughout the world in the greater part of 2020 may hopefully see discontinuity in the year ahead.

RLFG while receiving an equal share on the adverse effects of the pandemic, still kept its ahead above water to come through with innovative programs carefully designed to suit all the pandemic protocols being observed globally.

The few which could materialize among the many planned at the end of the previous year are the Flagship 9s Series in January and February, The breast Cancer awareness program which tickled the interest of Corporate Ghana and the media alike, the pulling down of a one gender sport with the introduction of the the women's rugby league, the warily creation of the youth rugby league, obtaining affiliate member status of the International Rugby League Federation, RL boundaries extended into the military academy, and a fulfilling stand taken by the RLFG women's coordinator in some IRLF appointments.

Be that as it may, the 9s series took a bow after the second month while the 13s never saw a drop kick; resulting from the ban on all sporting activities.

With a much hopeful year ahead, RLFG has positioned itself to serve all within and outside the fraternity with an excessively ornate and embellished activities and events. Development remains the pivot of all efforts and actions of the Federation.

Outlined below are some exclusive events to be held in the coming year:

> Introduction of RL to most Educational Institutions

> Introduction of RL into Zongo communities

> 9s Series

> 13s League

> Love Touch Tournament

> International Friendlies

> Blood Donation

> Breast Cancer Awareness Program

> Turn Over Weekends

RLFG anticipates making significant strides in extending the reach and knowledge of the sport in the coming season.

The General Manager, Jafaru Mustapha has voiced out his confidence and hope he has in the coming year. '2021is an action packed year which promises lots of fun. We pray all stakeholders bring on their A-game to realize the dream of becoming full members of IRL by 2023. I can't wait for the calendar season to begin', he iterated.


RLFG TURNOVER WEEKEND A GREAT SUCCESS

The Rugby League Federation Ghana (RLFG) wrapped up 2020 in style with the first edition of the rugby league weekend dubbed “Turn-over Weekend.” The purpose of the rugby league weekend, was to educate, teach and help the community through Rugby League.

The 2-day event started off with fun games at the University of Ghana Rugby Field on Saturday 5th December 2020. With the Rugby League Federation Ghana (RLFG) pushing for the development of females in the sport, the ladies took to the field to showcase the game.

The men also had their turn, playing their first game of rugby league after 10 months, and it came as relief after being off the field for so long due to the pandemic. The children were not left out of the fun as Firm Foundation, Nungua Tigers and African Heroes also had kids participating in a game of touch rugby league.

The end of year dinner followed on Sunday 6th December 2020 at the Riklyn Hotel which brought players and staff of the RLFG together to celebrate their achievements. The event was graced by the President of the federation Farouk Nana Prempeh who was re-elected earlier this year to continue as the Head of the RLFG.

In an interaction with Men's Coordinator, Riddick Alibah he had this to say "This year was tough, regardless we as a federation didn't go down without a fight, as we were able to engage in a lot of activities off field. “Turn-over weekend” being the maiden edition gave us that big bang. An opportunity to engage and interact with ourselves off-field also to play and prepare ourselves for the year ahead which is quite bleak yet promising.”

“I am poised to do my all for next year's event and I am certain all executives, clubs and stakeholders are ready as well. We still need all the support we can get and call on all who can and have love for sport to join in. With little or nothing we are making history and we will definitely keep growing bigger and better.” He further stated

“Rugby League is not just here to stay but here to impact our community, incite growth in the kids and expand the sports horizon in Ghana." Riddick concluded

General Manager of the RLFG, Jafaru Awudu Mustapha also had this to say "With the splendid performance and solidarity I saw over the weekend, I must say rugby league weekend has come to stay. Am grateful to all member and well-wishers for embracing the initiative. I can’t wait for the January edition."

With 2020 being very bleak and challenging for most contact sports, The RLFG was not an exception, but they made the most of the year undertaking various exercises like a blood donation exercise in August with the National Blood Service and Decathlon Ghana, a breast cancer awareness programme which was themed “Women in Sports,” the Pretty Girls Play Rugby League campaign that was launched in July to combat the stereotyping of sports ladies and then the training of some military recruits to help establish an armed forces competition in the country in November.

The RLFG was finally approved as an Affiliate member of the International Rugby League (IRL) after demonstrating considerable growth of the sport in the country. The Rugby league 9s will begin a new season next year after being restricted to only two editions this year.

YOUTH ACTIVITY | JAN 2021

OUR LADIES TAKE TO THE FIELD

(JAN 2021)

RACHEL ANKOMAH NOMINATED TO BE PART OF THE MEA WORKING GROUP.

Full Story HERE

Fancy playing women's Rugby League, contact Rachel HERE

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RUGBY LEAGUE TOUCHES MILITARY

(Dec 2020)

The rugby league federation of Ghana engaged instructors of the Physical Training School in a five session training program in a bid to introduce rugby league to the armed forces.

The course group which comprise personnel from various security services from across the country are currently, undergoing a physical training course at the Ghana Military Academy and Training Schools-Teshie, and as such presented the Rugby League Federation Ghana the opportunity to teach the sport.

During the sessions the instructors were taught how to pass and catch, tackle, defend and play the ball. They were subsequently put into teams to play small sided games that improved their knowledge and skills.

At the moment, the federation has a target of engaging personnel from the security services in officiating and coaching and is hopeful that through this successful exercise the game will be wide spread across the nation.

In a conversation with the Officer-Commanding of the PT School Lt. Gershon Adasi ”Introducing rugby awoke the students' mind to the game of rugby league. The students, instructors and myself are happy to have learnt new things in the sport i.e. marking the field of play using cones and other suitable material, ball handling, utilizing space in attack and in defence. Playing the Touch game made them appreciate and practise skills acquired during the four sessions of their training. It was exciting to play rugby with professional players from the Ghana Rugby League team. Your team coming has added value to the existing games and sports the Training School teaches and we are willing to support Rugby League .”

Technical director of the RLFG, Mr. Marshall Nortey had this to say “It will surprise you to know how receptive people are to the different variations of Rugby League children, young adults, older adults and even the aged. The PT school of the Military Academy, Teshie and its students are no exception. The product from these 5 weeks of introduction to Rugby League has been telling with great display of game knowledge to the enjoyment and admiration of onlookers. I must say it has been very successful, RLFG has found new partners in RL development and we shall follow up on the students as they leave for their various units with coaching and officiating opportunities after graduation.

Moving forward, the technical unit will look at interested persons from the military to learn the sport and help them grow and develop in the discipline.

The current general manager Mr. Jafaru commented that, because of Ghana has attained affiliate status, the possibility of expanding the game is very high and as such the need for more coaches and referees who will take up the game and make it enjoyable for the players and supporters. There are opportunities coming requesting for people who are interested in coaching and officiating and I think this is one way that will help us get enough referees and coordinators. This is crucial looking that the number of lives that we are looking at impacting.

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Full story HERE (May 2020)

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Full story HERE (Oct 2020)

PRETTY GIRLS PLAY RUGBY LEAGUE LAUNCHED

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SAFE BLOOD SAVES LIVES

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