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.
The members of the Rugby League Development Fund would like to congratulate the Ghana Rugby League on playing their first international test match against a touring GB Pioneers team.
Ghana Rugby League was the recipient of the 2012 - 2013 Rugby League Planet Rugby League Development Fund grant. With the assistance of the Rugby League European Federation the RLDF were able to provide much needed Steeden footballs to assist with the development of rugby league at local schools in Ghana.
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.
The Great Britain Student Pioneers have already made a significant impression on their tour to Ghana, and not just in beating the All-Stars 48-10 in their opening game at the Presbyterian Boys’ School in Legon.
In the aftermath, the squad ran two 90 minute coaching sessions, introducing the sport to around 180 children aged from 12 to 17.
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.
Ten months after being named the winners of the Rugby League Development Fund, Ghana’s good fortune became manifest with the welcome arrival of 150 rugby league balls in Accra. The RLDF is run by Rugby League Planet, with the $2500 being awarded to Ghana Rugby League by the fund’s members. Ghana Rugby League official Sylvester Wellington and RLP’s Richard Cowley then agreed that the best use of funds was the purchase of footballs to aid Ghana’s continuing growth.
By Richard Cowley, Date: 1/7/2013
After receiving and reviewing applications from, Russia, Denmark, Ukraine, Ghana and Italy. RLDF members submitted their final vote to decide the winner of the 2013 Rugby League Development Fund Grant.