First five Greek coaches gain level 1 coaching qualifications

Rugby league is a sport that is expanding around the world, and in Greece, they have taken the next step in their bid to make RL a popular sport, with 5 coaches completing level 1 qualification coaching courses.

Anastasios Pantazidis, Konstantinos Tzevelekos, Ioannis Mavros, Matthew Ashill and Iordanis Bilikaidis were the four recipients of the qualifications, held in Nikaia, North of Piraeus, which is the port capital of Athens.

Pantazidis, the president of the committee, is working with the Greek Culture Ministry to form a Hellenic Rugby League Federation, and is excited at the completion of the course and what is to come for Greek rugby league.

“I would like to thank the RLEF for the first ever course to take place in Greece,” said Pantazidis.

“Five new coaches had the chance to get much more knowledge about our sport.”

The course was run and organised in co-operation by the Greek rugby league committee and the Serbian Rugby League Federation, with Serbia's Mario Jankovic and Central and Eastern Europe Director Jovan Vujosevic conducting the course.

“They transferred to us their experience and the ethics of rugby league,” continued Pantazidis.

“We hope that this is the first step towards meaningful development.”