On Friday 23rd March GRLA’s Founder, Luke Garnett, and Media Consultant, David Spivey (DS Web Design & Development), attended the Super League Clash between Leeds Rhinos and Castleford Tigers at Elland Road – the home of once football giants Leeds United! The match ended in the most tense of fashions with a late try to Leeds Rhinos stalwart, Ryan Hall. However, the resulting conversion was missed and this resulted in a 25-24 victory for the Castleford Tigers!
Luke & David were able to attend the hospitality functions via GRLA’s great supporters, Leeds Beckett University, and more specifically Nick Halafihi of the Sports Business Faculty. It was a superb chance for GRLA to network with some of the game’s illustrious figures, including Toronto Wolfpack’s Adam Fogerty – also know as ‘Gorgeous George (for fans of the mega movie ‘Snatch’) – a Hollywood Legend in his own right & a former professional rugby league player himself. GRLA were also able to discuss their upcoming plans for sustainable international growth of the sport in emerging rugby league playing markets with Chairman of the Rugby League International Federation (RLIF), Nigel Wood. It was hugely encouraging to hear how much he supports the GRLA initiative and believes strongly in the development of the international game in new frontiers; countries such as Serbia, Jamaica & Ukraine receiving special mentions in discussions. He was particularly impressed by the upcoming GRLA Pro-Immersion Camp and felt that this would be a great way to showcase talent! For more information and details regarding the camp, please check out the following weblink:
It was also great to speak with staff from the Leeds Rhinos Foundation regarding upcoming plans for Leeds Rhinos-branded coaching opportunities for our existing GRLA cohort (primarily Daniel Vesely & Tonda Berk of the Czech RL), whom were also taking in the game at Elland Road; indeed, the last big fixture the lads went too was the Old Trafford Grand Final between the same teams (although a considerably different result!).