In a daring new initiative, European Rugby League (ERL) has sanctioned the launch of the primary official European Seaside Rugby League Championships for women and men, which might be held in Turkey in the summertime of 2022.
ERL is partnering with Turkish company Melonise within the supply of the inaugural tournaments, and they’ll additionally lead on the industrial facet for the venture. Because the championships develop, the ERL and Melonise plan to broaden the annual match to a sequence of metropolis occasions.
Negotiations are at present ongoing with Turkish cities and venues for the 2022 championship, with extra particulars to be introduced quickly.
ERL board member, Paul Nicholson, commented: “The European Seaside Rugby League Championship is an thrilling idea, and we hope our federations will embrace the chance as we search to construct a brand new sequence of European Rugby League occasions.
“These have clearly been tough occasions, not helped by the disappointing late postponement of the Rugby League World Cup, which has impacted our calendar considerably, Nevertheless, it has not modified the will or dedication of our federations to develop the game within the Northern Hemisphere.”
Nicholson added: “In that regard, we unveil the European Seaside Rugby League Championships and sit up for welcoming new media and industrial companions to our sport. We’re assured that with our Turkish companions we’ll ship a spectacular and constructive addition to the rugby league schedule.”
The Turkish Rugby League Affiliation (TRLA) has run various Seaside Rugby tournaments for membership sides, most just lately in July in Kadikoy, Istanbul and is internet hosting European Championship D in October – that includes Turkey, Malta, Ukraine and Netherlands – in Bodrum.
Gurol Yildiz, president of the TRLA and a director of Melonise, mentioned: “Our Seaside Rugby League occasions have been a fantastic success and attracted worldwide membership participation. We’re proud to have the ability to deliver the primary official European Seaside Rugby League Championship to our nation in 2022.”