1. Hi Guys ! 2018 will be the first year of BRR as an official EBRA Series Tournament! What are your expectations?
We hope that becoming an offical EBRA series tournament will help us achieve our mission of establishing a world class sporting event that will drive awareness and participation of Beach Rugby 5s in the UK as well as creating a fun and entertaining experience for spectators.
Specifically, we hope EBRA will help to create more awareness of Beach Rugby 5s in Europe and the UK as well as help us to attract the most talented men’s and women’s teams on the EBRA circuit.
We couldn’t have asked for a more successful pilot event but in 2018 we want to make it bigger & better!
2. Beach 5s seems to be still fairly unknown amongst the UK Rugby scene. Do you think your organization can take the lead of the sport in the region? Is there any sport development program in place?
We our confident BBR will be the flagship Beach Rugby 5s event in the UK and through this event we can lead the development of this new and exciting sport in the UK.
It’s not just about creating an event to host the best men’s and women’s teams in Europe, but it’s also incredibly important to us to develop Beach Rugby 5s talent in the UK. This year for example, we will be holding some Beach Rugby 5s “taster sessions” for both children and adults which we hope will develop into clubs. In the future we’d like to create a local UK federation with our own UK series.
With almost 2 million registered rugby players in the UK we know we can capitalise on this passion for traditional rugby to make Beach 5s the next big sport. This year there has been a multimillion pound investment into womens rugby establishing the 1st professional league which we are confident will have a positive impact on our womens tournament.
Our biggest challenge has been the lack of awareness of the sport but we are already seeing a massive difference since the pilot event. The increase in the number of teams now proactively contacting us to particpate in BBR 2018 has been remarkable.
3. What can the teams expect by participating in British Beach Rugby 2018?
I’d say “Come and experience what it means to play in the home of rugby!”
Building on the success of our pilot event, participating teams can expect a high standard of mens and womens competition including last years mens champions the Pacific Islanders, last years womens champions the Honey Bears as well as the legendary Flair Bears.
We have some fantastic sponsors that will help us create a fun and “festival style” tournament including a variety of delicious food and drink to keep you fuelled and our resident MC Huggy to guide you through the days events.
BBR is concluded by a prizegiving and closing ceremony beach party. Celebrate all your achievements with a Ministry of Sound DJ pumping out the best summer tunes as the sun sets over the award winning Bournemouth beach.
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