A total of 78 players, many of them new to the sport, took part in the first University Of Ghana rugby league competition which encompassed six halls.
Details have been finalised and visas obtained for the GB Student Pioneers rugby league tour to Ghana, which arrives in the country on Monday, 30th June and will see the squad in the West African nation for two weeks.
The Pioneers were formed in 2005 and encompass students from England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales with the aim of aiding fledgling nations.
The RLEF’s Middle East Africa region has reported an encouraging rise in the level of interest in rugby league over the last few months. Remond Safi, MEA regional director, is in contact with a record number of nations who are either actively or seeking to get involved with the sport.
Press Release, Date: 20/6/2012
The fledgling Ghana rugby league project has taken its first practical steps with development manager Sylvester Wellington, a 26-year-old Accra native, being appointed.
Wellington, who will be joined in the GRL development team by University of Ghana rugby league coordinator Alfred Attieku, is undergoing generic leadership and sports leadership training through UK Sport International's established programme, the Beckwith International Leadership Development initiative.
Part of UK Sport International's programme involves a coaching exchange with Edge Hill University, with the latter sending out Wigan St. Patrick's juniors coach Alex Winstanley to guide the Ghanaian duo through their first steps into the world of rugby league.
Skolars defeated Jamestown Pirates 18-12 in the inaugural final of the Accra 9s in Legon, Ghana - but only after the replayed decider had gone to golden point extra time. The initial tournament final a week before could not see the sides separated after they were locked at 6 a-piece, despite extra time, until fading light intervened.
Following the return of the GB Student Pioneers after their two week, three match tour of Ghana, GRL Development Officer Sylvester Wellington feels that there is a genuine impetus for the sport to kick on there.
Work is continuing throughout Africa to continue the development of rugby league, with formalised competition starting in DR CONGO and GHANA, and a new board in place in CAMEROON.
Ghana Rugby League has elected a new Board of Directors, signalling a revamping for the sport in the country, following a high level mission led by RLEF Middle East Africa director Remond Safi, RFL chief operating officer Ralph Rimmer and senior members of UK Sport International.
First Test - GHANA RL 4 GB STUDENT PIONEERS 46 – El Wak Stadium, Accra - Report
Pioneers opened impressively, skipper Jonny Morris forcing a drop out from the kick off and then stepping his way over for the opening score, but missing the conversion.