In recent years, during the oval summers, so much has been said about the European Beach Rugby Association or more simply EBRA: but how many, excluding enthusiasts, do they really know what it is and what does this Association manage? Let’s face it, very few. Well it’s time to make things clear. EBRA is an international association that groups together in one circuit the most important continental beach rugby tournaments for clubs and, at the same time, looks with interest at numerous international events; contacts, in fact, were taken with tournaments in Egypt, Australia, Iran, Russia, Brazil. But who are the members of EBRA? Figueira de Foz (Portugal), Lignano Sabbiadoro (Italy), Marseille (France), Porto (Portugal), Barcelona (Spain), The Hague (Holland). The organizers of these tournaments, in fact, meet periodically to structure everything that revolves around this that, over the years, has become a real European Championship for Clubs; a sort of European Series of Beach Rugby, to make a comparison with the Rugby World Series at Seven. From this season, then, there is also a substantial change to participate in the final: essentially those who participated in the EBRA Series 2018 and has won or qualified, winning a certain threshold of points, or won their national championship (Holland, Portugal, Italy) has the right to enter the MASTER CUP of 2019, which will take place in Figuiera in Portugal. On the other hand, those who will take part in the 2019 edition of the EBRA series is playing the chance to enter the final of 2020; this decision was made to give an univocal format to the series and, at the same time, allow the finalist teams to organize themselves, also from an economic point of view.
NORTH SEA BEACH RUGBY SIGNS AGREEMENT WITH RUGBY NETHERLANDS (DUTCH RUGBY UNION) FOR ORGANISATION DUTCH CHAMPIONSHIP BEACH RUGBY
The agreement for the organization of the Dutch National Championship Beach Rugby is an extra motivation for North Sea Beach Rugby to further develop and promote the sport Beach 5s Rugby in the Netherlands. Beach 5s Rugby is the official form of Beach Rugby according to the rules of World Rugby. Last year North Sea Beach Rugby already organized the first championship. After an evaluation and some very good talks with Rugby Netherlands it was decided to continue this for the next 3 years.
North Sea Beach Rugby is very proud and grateful to Rugby Netherlands for this opportunity. As an organization North Sea Beach Rugby would like to thank not only Rugby Nederland (Dutch Rugby Union) but also the city of The Hague (Topsport – an organization that supports top athletes and sport events) and the EBRA (European Beach Rugby Association) for their advice and support. But North Sea Beach Rugby also realize that this would not have been possible without our sponsors.
And of course the enormous commitment of all volunteers, referees and the trust of all participating teams.
North Sea Beach Rugby also hopes that this agreement will send a strong signal that Beach 5s Rugby is a serious and professional sport and that the EBRA is the official umbrella organisation.
An organization that for both The Hague and Rugby Netherlands is seen as the point of contact for Beach 5s Rugby in Europe and beyond. Partly due to our membership of the European Beach Rugby Association it was possible to bring Beach 5s Rugby to the Netherlands.
The Dutch National Championship is for Dutch male, female and youth teams U14, U16 and U18.
In 2019 the tournament will be played on 15 and 16 June in the Netherlands at The Hague Beach Stadium.
The winner will have access to the European finals. This in accordance with the EBRA rules.
For all information see website www.northseabeachrugby.com and www.beach-rugby.eu
Everything is ready for the EBRA Series 2019: after the extraordinary EBRA assembly, held last weekend in Marseille, here is the official calendar of the European championship for Beach Rugby club. The stages involved will still be Lignano Sabbiadoro, Marseille, The Hague (Holland), Porto, Barcelona, while the final will take place in Figueira da Foz (Portugal). “The meeting in Marseille was very interesting and constructive – commented Lionel Laugier, president of the European Beach Rugby Association – we discussed many points related to our movement and we agreed on many decisions that, little by little, we will reveal . Will there be news in 2019? Certainly. The first is that the final will be held in Figueira, one of the European poles of Beach Rugby. While there is great expectation for other innovations related to the communication of the tournament, but those will be revealed in due time >>. The SERIES organizing machine started up and, after the Marseilles meeting, the climate between the organizers of the various tournaments is certainly very positive and there is the awareness of having to promote the EBRA brand more and more. << The final Portugal should be the pride of our 2019, as well as the promotion of the EBRA Series - continues Giancarlo Stocco, responsible for communication for the series of beach rugby - I would be very happy, then, to see the Italians Crazy Crubs try to run for the European title, After Pessimi and Maccarese would be a great satisfaction to see other Italians on the roof of Europe >>.
EBRA SERIES 2019
In observation BRITISH BEACH RUGBY
15-16 of June NORTH SEA BEACH RUGBY The Hague HolLand
22-23 of June PORTO Portogallo
29-30 of June BARCELONA BEACH RUGBY Spain
06-07 of July SOUTH BEACH RUGBY CUP MARSEILLE France
13-14 of July LIGNANO INTERNATIONAL BEACH RUGBY CUP Italy
20-21 of July MASTER FINAL FIGUEIRA DA FOZ Portugal