The Swedish Rugby League Forening has hosted a level 1 coaching activity in Lund, southern Sweden, attended by Greek, Czech and RLEF personnel, the latest activity in the EU-backed training and education portal.
The RLEF completed its Swedish programme in the 18-month, EU-part funded Leadership Devolution Project, running a coaching activity in Lund, in the south of the country to qualify their two trainee educators, Paul Briggs and Ashley Brown.
Newcomers Stockholm Kungar, in their first official competition, were triumphant in the pre-season Scandinavian 9s, held in Kungsbacka,
Kungar defeated defending champions Copenhagen Black Swans in their first game, played in light snow, and also went on to overcome Sodertalje in the pool stages.
Sweden Rugby League has hosted a landmark match officials development course in Jönköping, central Sweden, as part of the RLEF-EU Leadership Devolution Project.
Six teams will contest the third Scandinavian 9s at Kungsbacka next Saturday (21 March) as a prelude to the Sweden RL domestic season.
Copenhagen Black Swans will be defending the title and this year sees newly formed Stockholm-based clubs Kungar and Södertälje Storm joining Skåne Crusaders and Kungsbacka Broncos. Gothenburg RK will also make their debut in the competition.
Major changes have been unveiled by Sweden Rugby League which has seen them elect a new chairman and board, sign a major sponsorship deal and announce the formation of two new clubs in Stockholm which will see the start of regular domestic competition.
By Joel Saaghy, Date: 5/12/14
As the newest club in Sweden, we welcome Stockholms Kungar. The idea of starting a new club was proposed earlier this year, and to test the waters a friendly match was played against another new club, the Sodertalje Storm.
Interest has grown since that game, and after a recent meeting the capital city-based team are establishing themselves and moving forward. Their foundation meeting elected an interim board to run the foundations of the club, consisting of Adam Kirk (President), Sam Cammell (Vice President), Pontus Eriksson (Secretary).
Scott Edwards has stepped down as chairman of Svenska Rugby League Förening (SRL), a post he had held since the creation of the Swedish governing body three years ago.
“An idea that was, in the beginning, simply a personal dream is now a reality,” said the former London Skolars player, who moved to Sweden ten years ago as a school teacher and started developing the sport there in 2009.
As they prepare to make their entry in this season’s Nordic Cup, with a match against Denmark in Copenhagen on 16th August, holders Sweden are hoping continued domestic progress will help them become the first Scandinavian nation to win the trophy twice.