When rugby league starts in any country, the first goal is to obviously make the game known throughout your country but the second goal, is to gain official membership from the Rugby League European Federation, in order to be known on the international scale and for the Ukraine, they are the latest club to feel that success.
Ukraine is officially the newest full member of the RLEF, after they gave the country that status with Ukraine Federation Rugby League President Artur Martyrosyan over the moon at the news.
“This is a great victory for Ukrainian rugby league,” said Martyrosyan.
“My heartfelt congratulations go out to all the fans, players and federation staff who have contributed to this historic event. I would like to express my gratitude to the RLEF directors for their trust and support of the sport in Ukraine. Now begins a new and more advanced stage of development here.”
It was back in 2006 when the UFRL formed and having received cash advance payday loans Government recognition in 2012, those involved have seen exponential growth since the launch of the Ukraine Championship back in 2009.
In 2013, there is even more growth in the Ukraine, with the Federation to host two six-team senior divisions, six teams at U14, U16 and U18, as well as 24 teams at the U12 level.
With an opportunity also present to advance to the European Shield, Ukraine will be looking to put in strong performances against Norway and the Czech Republic in the European Bowl, as RLEF Central and Eastern Europe Regional Director Jovan Vujosevic is pleased with the UFRL’s progress.
â€œThis is a major plus for the whole Eastern European region. In the last few years â€“ especially the last two – Ukraine showed huge development through the RLEF strategy and this is the reward for all the work the UFRL has done in that time,â€ he said.
The UFRL, along with Jamaica and Russia, will apply for RLIF Full Member status this year.