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Robert BurginBy Robert Burgin
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Robert BurginBy Robert Burgin
First created
AU$ 1,140
pledged of 10.000 AU$ pledged of 10.000 AU$ goal
23
backers
0seconds to go
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Tue, June 17 2014 5:13 AM UTC +00:00

About

Latin America is currently the only inhabited continent where there are no opportunities to play international rugby league and no national domestic competitions.

Latin Heat aim to make major inroads by delivering 1000 special rugby league development balls to targeted cities, accompanied by instructional DVDs in Spanish and Portuguese, plus guidance from trusted rugby league enthusiasts.

So WHO are the Latin Heat and WHAT do they do?

The Latin Heat is a not-for-profit rugby league team formed to provide the 600 million people of Latin America an interim presence in international rugby league – and to develop those interested in learning the game.

To qualify for the team players must have heritage or long-term residency links to any of these nations:

Argentina, Belize, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Puerto Rico, Suriname, Uruguay and Venezuela.

The Latin Heat is merely a starting point, and fully encourages the formation of individual national sides within the Latin American region.

Indeed the ultimate goal for the Latin Heat is to assist the formation of a multinational rugby league competition (or zonal competitions) similar to the Copa America in soccer.

We are very excited to report we are currently working in delivering administrative support to those interested in starting domestic competitions in places such as Brazil, Argentina, Mexico and Colombia, with great potential for many more.

The balls we have designed, and the accompanying instructional DVD, allow newcomers to learn the basics of holding, passing and playing the ball, along with the rules that govern the sport.

We already have four of the balls made on a short-order prototype by an Indian manufacturer (most economical option) and have factored shipping into our calculations.

We are very fortunate to have several people involved with the project with an array of media skills who can script, film, edit, publish and promote the instructional DVDs and development kit, without further parties being involved.

Latin Heat Rugby League has sourced - via past players, diplomatic and personal contacts - trustworthy and knowledgeable support staff in various Latin America metropolitan districts to assist distribution and effectiveness of the development kits.

The website address for Latin Heat Rugby League will also be displayed to provide a prompt to learn more about the sport and develop an impassioned interest.

Risks and challenges

The first threat after funding is completed would be in receiving successful delivery of the manufactured Latin Heat Rugby League balls. For this reason we have gone with a company we have communicated with over a period of time and grown to trust. Delivery time deadlines are not set in concrete, so if transportation is delayed it will not overly affect the project, as this is a project that exists in perpetuation.

From there the challenges mostly lay in successful delivery of the balls to our relevant contacts in Latin America and the successful personal tuition to accompany the development kits.

We are using people on the ground in Latin America who have personal connections to the team, either through playing with us previously or being family, close friends or business associates of our playing squad or founding committee. A large percentage of the balls are planned to be delivered direct by the founder of this project, who has need to visit Latin America frequently and has extended family in Brazil.

There is the risk that the balls could be used by children or communities to learn rugby union instead of rugby league, but we believe the website branding, unique league ball shape (less spherical than a union ball) and excitement in learning a new sport via the instructional DVD and development staff will help minimise this. In reality, it is not a threat that can be controlled and children playing a sport (and a rugby code) of any kind has to be a benefit, regardless.

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    Sincere thanks, email update, DVD credit + authentic Latin Heat playing jersey with full sponsor logos, team badges and number. Quality, made to last and a rare memento for true sports fans!

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    If you are a small business or company and would like exposure in Latin America then this is the pledge for you! We will add a limited number of sponsor logos to the DVD which will be seen by tens of thousands of people.

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    If you are a company wanting maximum exposure then this is your opportunity. This is open to just one brand or company to have their logo on our development balls, front of the instructional DVD and receive naming rights to the entire Latin Heat Rugby League development program. You would receive extensive and targeted publicity support from our founder, who has 15 years experience in the media industry.

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