By Phil Caplan, Date: 27/12/12
Anastasios Pantazidis, Konstantinos Tzevelekos, Ioannis Mavros, Matthew Ashill and Iordanis Bilikaidis have become the first Greek coaches to gain their Level 1 qualification after completion of a two day course in Nikaia, North of Piraeus.
It was organised following co-operation between the Greek rugby league committee and the Serbian Rugby League Federation.
â€œI would like to thank the RLEF for the first ever course to take place in Greece,â€ said Pantazidis, who is also the president of the committee which is currently working with the Greek culture ministry to register a Hellenic Rugby League Federation. â€œFive new coaches had the chance to get much more knowledge about our sport.â€
Significantly, the course was the first controlled by one of the new corps of RLEF-trained tutors, who are products of the federationâ€™s three-year Technical Strategy. Serbiaâ€™s Marko Jankovic led on the delivery, supported by Central and Eastern Europe Director, Jovan Vujosevic.
â€œThey transferred to us their experience and the ethics of rugby league,â€ continued Pantazidis. â€œWe hope that this is the first step towards meaningful development.â€