USA Rugby League (USARL) To Hold First Annual General Membership Meeting On September 17 In Providence, Rhode Island

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All interested parties are invited to attend the USARL's First Annual General Membership Meeting, which will be instrumental in the development of the sport of Rugby League at semi-professional, amateur and youth levels in the United States.

The USA Rugby League (USARL) (http://www.usarugbyleague.com) announced recently it will hold its first Annual General Meeting which will be hosted by the Providence-based Rhode Island Rebellion (http://www.rebellion-rugby.com/). The USARL Board and its Member Clubs invite all interested parties to attend the meeting which will commence at 9.00am Saturday September 17 at the Wyndham Garden Providence, 220 India Street, Providence, Rhode Island.

Members will hold the voting rights to endorse the USARL Constitution, Board positions and newly formed By-Laws. Following the AGM, the USARL Board, consisting of its member clubs, will continue to meet on both Saturday and Sunday to discuss a wide-range of issues including a review of the past year’s successes, new strategic business and marketing partnerships, competition and rules issues, legal and accounting issues, new membership, youth development and international recognition / outreach.

“On the heels of a successful inaugural campaign, the AGM will allow our league and the member clubs to continue to build Rugby League in America,” said USARL Chairman Peter Illfield. “Much of the groundwork for the next year and beyond will be set at the AGM,” Illfield said, emphasizing the USARL’s commitment to forming strong strategic alliances, domestic and international, in order to further a robust player exchange, player, coach and referee education, business and marketing partnerships and youth development programs.

Providence, Rhode Island, was this year’s chosen location for several reasons. Not only have the local Rhode Island Rebellion done a great job in laying strong roots in its inaugural season, the Rebellion and the USARL want to take this chance to publicize the RI Rebellion / Providence Youth After-School Touch Rugby Program kicking off this October. For anyone interested in supporting or volunteering to help the youth program, please contact Lawrence Almagno at Lawrence(at)rebellion-rugby(dot)com.

Important Additional Information:
The USA Rugby League (USARL) (http://www.usarugbyleague.com) is the source for high-level, semi-professional Rugby League competition in the USA. Formed on the principles of transparency, accountability and equal voting and equity participation by its participants, the USARL is a cooperative of the member clubs. On the heels of the league’s highly-successful inaugural season and Grand Final in the summer of 2011, the USARL is focused on the development of high-action, high-intensity rugby league in the United States through its member clubs and strategic business and marketing partners. The USARL is also committed to developing the sport of Rugby League at a grassroots level and a true focus of expanding the sport both in player numbers and in youth initiatives. This commitment embraces the sport at semi-professional, amateur and youth levels in an effort to further progress Rugby League in the United States.

Rhode Island Rebellion Rugby is a Semi-Professional Team that competes exclusively in the USA Rugby League competition. Founded in 2011, the Rebellion have sparked phenomenal interest for Rugby League in Providence and throughout Rhode Island in their inaugural year of operations. The Rebellion have made a strong commitment to community development as the club has created the First Flag Middle School Rugby League Program in the USA. The Rebellion are dedicated to the introducing the youth of Rhode Island to the sport of Rugby League, causing a true grassroots rebellion against at risk youth behavior such as gang membership, violence, criminal activity and obesity while promoting healthy lifestyles.

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