Following the 2009-2013 strategy for sports development issued by the Serbian Ministry of Youth and Sport, the Serbian Rugby League Federation has opened up another avenue for the sport with the addition of a police rugby league programme.
On 1 February 2012 Tibor Visi, Serbian Rugby League player and a serving policeman in the Belgrade elite unit “92”, officially formed the Police Rugby League Club and started some promotion in other Belgrade Police units. In mid-October, with the support of the Serbian Rugby League Federation, RLC Police started training.
From 16-19 November, Ian Seabridge, president of the Great Britain Police Rugby League, visited the Serbian Rugby League Federation and the RLC Police to discuss a Lancashire Police Rugby League visit to Serbia in May 2013.
Tibor Visi said: “Lancashire Police Rugby League’s visit to Serbia in May 2013 is a great opportunity for us to show the Serbian Interior Ministry and Ministry of Youth and Sport what huge promotion and development the Serbian Rugby League Federation has done following the guidelines set out in the 2009-13 sports development strategy.”
In the meantime Rugby League Club Police made its debut on the 22November 2012 with a game versus the Serbian Military Academy. The much more experienced Serbian Military Academy won the game 20:12, but RLC Police players showed huge potential for development.