The Suomen Rugbyliitto ry (SRL) is the organization that represents rugby in Finland, in the IRB (International Rugby Board) as well as in the European Rugby Association FIRA-AER, the Finnish National Olympic Committee and most recently, the Finnish Sports Federation.
The SRL was founded in 1968 as the Suomen Salamapalloliitto, but become the Suomen Rugbyliitto in 2001 when it became a member of the IRB and FIRA-AER, and its members are the Finnish rugby clubs.
Rugby is played in more than 100 countries. There are 115 local IRB member associations and 6 regional associations. (source: IRB).
The SRL has 12 active member clubs.
The SRL mission is to develop the sport in Finland and support the local clubs. The federation is responsible for organizing the fixtures in Finland as well as the national team events.
All federation work is carried out by active volunteers. Most of the funding is received from IRB, Finnish Ministry of Education and Culture, followed by clubs’ membership fees and other payments, and sponsors. Money is used to develop rugby in Finland, ie. trainings, games, coaching, administration and travel costs.
Rugby has managed to raise interest in our country in recent years and the number of new players is increasing. Our sport still needs, however, new players from all age groups to participate in playing, coaching and refereeing. The SRL strongly believes that rugby has a future in Finland, where team and contact sports are appreciated.
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