The Rugby League Federation Ghana (RLFG) officially revealed its budget for 2021 as the federation is looking at around $80,000 for its activities next year.
The RLFG revealed their plans for the coming year as well as their budget on 7th August 2020 with events such as the 2021 Middle East-Africa (MEA) Rugby League Championships and the 2025 Rugby League World Cup Qualifiers the highlights of a packed schedule.
According to RLFG General Manager (GM), Jafaru Mustapha, the federation does not yet have the funds that have been stated on the budget saying “This is basically what we want, so at least this is something we are going to attach to our sponsorship letters. This is basically something we will need to run the sport. ”
“Doesn’t mean we can’t do something, but what I have sent [budget] is for a perfect scenario, so regardless of what happens we will run.”
The RLFG had begun the year (2020) with its 9s competition but were unable to complete it due to the COVID-19 pandemic, which has seen all contact sports in the country suspended.
However, the federation would not be deterred and organised online competitions such as the “Tertiary Virtual Rugby League” and the “Virtual Rugby League.” It would also see it’s members take on a number of online courses to further their development in the sport.
Speaking about 2020 Jafaru said “In 2020 pre-COVID19, we started our nines series organizing the January and February edition. We also started the University of Ghana Inter-Hall but couldn’t finish”
One of the new events we will be seeing next year is the Youth Rugby League Festival which the RLFG says “will look at bringing all rugby league clubs in our primary and secondary schools to a venue where the play rugby, interact with resources persons amidst music and dance.”
Jafaru also spoke on the RLFG’s youth development revealing “Some basic schools as well have had the opportunity to be introduced to rugby league and hope to further develop the interest in other schools.”
Also on the menu is the first-ever Beach Rugby League 5s, an event which we do not yet have a lot of information on at the moment.
Regular competitions such as the Ghana Rugby League Championships, University of Ghana (UG) Inter-Hall Rugby League Championships among others are set to return next year as well.