The New Ireland Rugby Football League under the guise of an interim board will embark on its five-year development plan (2019-2024) to envisage a new road map for rugby league in the province.
Interim board chairman of the league, Dennis Gati said to pave a way forward for the league to prosper in the circles of rugby league, is all about forging and uniting at the forefront.
“To forge this new way forward, we must work in a united fashion under one governing body for the good of the game.
“We will envisage promoting rugby league as more than just a game, touching and enriching lives at every level of our societies. We believe we can reach our strategic goals and successfully impact all New Irelanders’ lives positively,’’ Gati said.
He said the code will have an impact in changing attitude amongst youth as a catalyst for long term social dividends.
In its five-year plan,Gati said the vision of the board is to create, administer and utilise rugby league as a sporting code that can be regarded as New Irelander’s premier family sport.
“Our vision is to develop a sport that promotes excellence and inclusivity for all.
“Our mission is to bring our people together and enrich their lives through rugby league at all levels of the game, creating a brand of rugby league that will become synonymous with New Ireland.
“The strength of our player base is seen in the thriving local associations and local competitions,three strong associations along our island province (Lihir, Namatanai and Kavieng). With different forms of the game being showcased, from the Nines competition to the full 13-aside; the game of rugby league is thriving in our province and only needs strong professional foundation to take our players tothe next level,’’ Gati said.
He said the inclusion of the Ailan Chiefs to take part in next year’s (2020) Digicel Cup competition is the next step in the games evolution for the province that will increase the overall quality of the game in the country.
He said the league in its five-year plan will look at facilitating strong coaching programs driven at schools and senior men and women’s divisions.
Gati said the league will also support local leagues by facilitating referee excellence programs and introduce rugby league provincial championships at a bigger scale and the provincial club championships.
“The road ahead will be challenging with many pitfalls but we have a plan and will need the support of all the New Irelanders to see the fruition of our dreams to implement New reland’s premier family sport,’’ Gati said.