They have taken big strides in rugby league development over the years and continue to do so, with the Spanish Rugby League Association (AERL) announcing the start of the Andalusian Regional League on May 30.
The competition will play host to teams from three provinces – Cordoba, Sevilla and Malaga – with 12 matches to played in total up until in July.
Miguel Angel Mudarra, the President of AERL Andalucia, knows that they have worked hard to make this competition a reality and is excited at the potential on show.
“We are really proud of the work we have done at club level to organise the first regional rugby league championship in Spain,” said Mudarra.
“The work of the last couple of months has been huge, both at the organisational, logistical level as well as increasing the training given to our referees.
We believe it will be an exciting and very competitive championship and I wouldnâ€™t like to predict a winner.”
Andalusia has been the focus of the Spanish rugby league officials for some time now and as they continue to develop the sport in the region, they now have a total of six teams. Just one behind the Valencian region, the birthplace of Spanish rugby league.
Aitor Davila, one of the most famous names involved with Spanish rugby league and the general secretary of the AERL, says the rapid development of rugby league in Andalucia has been remarkable and he expects the championship to be a big hit.
“Andalucia is already the second biggest regions in terms of the number of players and clubs and the championship we’re announcing today is evidence of the gameâ€™s progress in the south,” said Davila.
“Andalusia, like Valencia, is witnessing rapid development and interest and with the best possible level of coaches and referees, thanks to the help of the RLEF.
From the AERLâ€™s point of view, we have high hopes for the future in this championship.”
No one is prouder than Javier Vergara, the director of the Andalusian competition. His hard work has paid off and he was quick to thank all those involved in setting the competition up.
“Today we have the honour to announce the first regional league in our country, and I would like to thank our clubs, the volunteers as well as the AERL and RLEF,” said Vergara.
“The Western Development League the AERL launched with southern and Madrid clubs, and the coach and referee courses run in our region laid the foundations of this competition and as our President said, we all hope they will be very competitive. “