The Rugby League Club FIS from the town of Vitez in Bosnia and Herzegovina has been working for a month now with elementary school students within the DAP project supported by the Australian Embassy in Vienna. Students learn about the rules of the Rugby League through playing and socializing. Currently, the program is being held in Zenica at the Mak Dizdar Primary School. So far more than 200 students have passed this program. After the Easter holidays the program continues in Vitez, Kiseljak, Sarajevo and Banja Luka. After the adoption of the rugby league of knowledge, we were able to organize the contest of the students, and maybe some international tournament where students would travel to Belgrade and compete with students from Belgrade clubs.
Zeljko Ljubanic President of the Rugby 13 Association of Bosnia and Herzegovina, said for Balkanrl.com: “Currently, students from the 6th to 9th grade of elementary schools (12-16 year old), boys and girls are in attendance. Due to the great interest of children, they will start with younger children from 1st to 5th grade (7-11 year old). Learners through the game adopt the knowledge of rugby league and this is most important for children at that age. As a program manager I am delighted with the dedication and interest of children. It should also be noted that good co-operation with school directors and co-operating teachers is in the program.”
The Rugby League has been played in Bosnia and Herzegovina since 2012 and significant results have been achieved for a short time, especially in Vitez and Banja Luka.