If someone told you that Ghana had the long-term potential to play rugby league, you would probably scoff at the suggestion – but if you fast forward to reality, the steps to see the sport of rugby league thriving in the country, are well and truly underway.
This was evident at the University of Ghana on Legon, Accra, in which the Development Manager of Ghana rugby league, Sylvester Wellington, oversaw the first ever completion of a rugby league technical education course, along with three Rugby League European Federation delegates.
In a tremendous boost for the country overall, with the interest in the game of rugby league slowly increasing, Wellington was pleased to see the fantastic turn-out of people, to learn more about the game in general.
â€œI was very happy to see lots of men and women turn up for the course,â€ said Wellington. â€œThey have really shown lots of interest in the game and they canâ€™t wait to impact on their people when they get back to their various institutions.â€
A large magnitude of people attended the event, 63 in total – some completing not only the introductory course to coaching and match officiating, but also the two-day RLEF Level 1 Coaching Course.
Many students from various schools were present at the event, with Stephen Larweteh from Vilac International School just one of the twenty-eight who completed all the courses, excited at what he was able to learn and what he can pass on to others.
â€œI have enjoyed basketball all my life, until the GRL development manager met me and said to me to get involved. Initially I was reluctant, but what I have learned from the classroom to the field has been very good. We will go out there to spread the good news of rugby league,” said Larweteh.
To make things even better for the development and growth of rugby league in Ghana, the course was sanctioned by a section of the Ministry of Education.
Vida Nyawornota, a high school teacher at Labone Senior High, also sees a bright future for the game of rugby league in Ghana.
â€œBy the end of the course, I joined the men to play contact rugby league for the first time; I enjoyed it so much and am ready to encourage women and men to take this game on. I believe it teaches you a lot both physically and mentally.â€