When I joined the rugby club of Kavala in 2014 one of my teammates came up with an idea to organize a beach rugby tournament to bring new blood to the club and introduce the sport to the people of Kavala. Then, he showed us a promo video of the London Beach Rugby tournament 2013 and he asked if we could do something similar. ‘’Yes, we can’’!
At the Kavala Beach Rugby Tournament 2015, we set out to bring all the Greek rugby clubs, union and league, together alongside clubs from abroad to give the tournament an international vibe. In the end, we managed to gather 8 rugby union clubs from Greece and 2 from Romania, with 2 of them being women’s clubs.
In next year’s tournament, we had an enormous increase of interest resulting in the participation of a total of 18 clubs. To be more specific, we had 3 clubs from Romania, 2 from Bulgaria and 13 union and league clubs from Greece. Again 2 of the clubs were women’s.
This brings us to this year’s tournament. In 2017, we decided to join the EBRA beach 5’s series to make our tournament bigger, better and known to the rest of Europe.
If we can mark 2 milestones, for the progression of the sport of rugby in Greece it would be the year 1977 when the first Greek rugby club was founded (Dalton’s) and the introduction of beach rugby to Greece from our very own club of A.O. Kavala.
Something that we are very proud of!
Words by Vaggelis Fountoukos, Tournament Organizer
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