Dansk Rugby League (DRL) has been awarded $2800 AUD (about €2000) on behalf of the members of the Rugby League Development Fund (RLDF), supported by Rugby League Planet.
Since inception, the RLDF has contributed about $15,000 towards growing the sport in countries such as Jamaica, Canada, Ghana, Ukraine, Serbia and now Denmark. In Ghana the RLDF produced hundreds of footballs emblazoned with the Ghana RL emblem, in Serbia the fund matched dollar-for-dollar with the Australian Embassy to assist youth development in Belgrade.
Richard Naylor of the DRL was delighted upon hearing the news, and noted that “It comes at an especially good time, as our involvement in the RLEF leadership devolution project means that we will look to train and qualify several new Level 1 coaches in 2017”. Similar to the RLDF’s assistance to Serbia and Ghana, Richard notes that the “grant will enable us to kick start our youth work… Being able to purchase equipment that [coaches] can use in sessions with schools and sports clubs will make a massive difference, both to their motivation, and to the quality of the sessions we will be running”.
“We’d like to say a massive ‘thank you’ to all the readers of Rugby League Planet, and to everyone involved with the Rugby League Development Fund – or as we say in Denmark – ‘Tusind Tak’.
The RLDF for will now retire for the new year, and then recommence in January 2017 to begin registering new members who wish to jump on board.
The RLDF is an online group of enthusiasts who are passionate about assisting the greatest game of all to expand around the globe. Each member of the RLDF donates $10 AUD p/month, and then democratically decides who will benefit from the fund each year. Philip Kingsland, the RLDF Manager notes that “the fund has always been a fairly hands-free commitment which is fun, simple to be in and extremely effective”, continuing to add that “without the fund’s members and the generous support of Rugby League Planet we simply wouldn’t have been able to positively enhance the sporting lives of thousands”.