3rd December 2020, 11:59 | Sheffield
Sheffield Eagles have announced the club has become a partner of the Ukraine Super League project.
The project, which is led by the Ukrainian Federation of Rugby League will see the country’s top competition reorganise their top-flight competition – the National Rugby League Championship – with new regional teams that are aligned to British Rugby League clubs.
The Eagles have linked-up with Khmelnytskyi Eagles and will look to provide support and advice wherever possible to their Ukrainian counterparts. In August 2018, the President of Ukrainian Rugby League Federation, Artur Martyrosian, along with eight players from the Ukranian National Team visited Sheffield and trained with the Eagles.
Ex-Eagle and Member of the Club’s Hall of Fame, Gavin Brown, said: “I was privileged to coach eight of the Ukraine National Team in 2018 when I was Head Coach at my amateur club Milford ARLFC in Leeds.
“Artur and others had dedicated a great deal of their own to put the structures in place from grassroots to their own Super League in Ukraine which I am sure will be a huge success. Seriously watch this space because the Ukraine people were made for this sport.”
Sheffield General Manager, Liam Claffey, added: “We’d like to thank Gav [Gavin Brown] for making the introduction. We are well versed at the trials and tribulations of trying to develop Rugby League outside of the traditional ‘heartland’ area of the sport and so it was a no brainer to support Khmelnytskyi Eagles.
“We wish everyone involved in the sport in Ukraine the best of luck with developing the sport and look forward to seeing how things progress over the coming months and years.”