This weekend in Barcelona (Spain) the last General Assembly of the EBRA – European Beach Rugby Association will be held, as far as 2019 is concerned. All the European EBRA Series organizers will meet under one roof to better structure the next championship and, at the same time, try to better plan the future of this disicpline. There will be representatives of Spain, precisely, in the figure of Mario Copetti, Rui Loureiro and Nuno Gramaxo from Portugal, president Lionel Laugier, from France, his deputy, the Dutch Kasper Bleijenberg and the Italian Giancarlo Stocco. << With this meeting we have the opportunity to best structure our future – comments the president Lionel Laugier – every season we try to take a step forward and also for 2020 it is our intention to try to improve ourselves in an important way. In any case, the dates of the EBRA Series have already been decided and now we only need to coordinate to guarantee all participants the maximum of professionalism >>. Summer 2020 will see the following seaside resorts at the center of the Beach Rugby Series: 13/14 June, Lake Balaton (Hungary), 20/21 June North Sea Beach Rugby in The Hague, 27/28 June in Porto (Portugal), 4/5 July in Figueira da Foz (Portugal) and Alba Adriatica (Italy), 11/12 July in Barcelona (Spain), 18/19 July in Marseille (France), the grand final, instead, will be played at the Beach Arena in Lignano Sabbiadoro, the weekend of 25 and 26 of July. << We must try to work in energy between us organizers of the stages and members of the EBRA – comments Kasper Bleijenberg, EBRA vice president and organizer of the North Sea Beach Rugby – it is important to strengthen ourselves and build together an important future for this beautiful and involving oval discipline> >.
The European Beach Rugby, marked EBRA (European Beach Rugby Association), meets in Udine to talk about the future of this engaging oval variant. On Saturday, in fact, there will be a continental meeting where all the EBRA Series organizers will meet at the headquarters of the BancaTer Factory, in Piazzale XXVI July in Udine: representatives from Marseille (France), Porto (Portugal), will be present from the Hague (Holland), from Figueira da Foz (Portugal), from Barcelona (Spain) and from Lignano Sabbiadoro << We are organizers of an important occasion – comments Lionel Laugier, president of EBRA – we have the opportunity to confront and talk about how to improve and make these EBRA Series, which are becoming a regular feature of the continental summer scene, more and more engaging. What do I expect? Surely we will take stock of what we did during the past summer, then we will discuss how to structure the future and decide on the location of the next final >>.
The EBRA – European Beach Rugby Association met in an extraordinary meeting in Porto in order to establish a common organization in view of the start of the Beach Rugby summer circuit. Many issues have been addressed, all of them the desire to manage the European series in a unique way. << With the new formula adopted to participate in the finals - commented Lionel Laugier, EBRA president - we have refreshed ourselves in many ways. Many tournaments have opened to their own vision and the numbers in general have increased. We have also given ourselves a unique communication segment and now the reference for European Beach Rugby will be our website - www.beach-rugby.eu - and our Facebook page >>. The interest that has developed around the oval manifestations managed by the EBRA, Porto, Marseille, Figueira, Lignano Sabbiadoro, The Hague, has led to numerous other realities worldwide to propose to become part of it; in this context the EBRA representatives have decided to monitor and help some well-defined areas in their development: development projects have thus been started with regard to Oceania and the Pan-American one. << We say that if we have always tried to look at Europe - concludes Lionel Laugier - from this meeting onwards we want to think big and think about creating something at world level. We have the management skills, the contacts also, so there was a willingness on the part of everyone to evolve and give space to the development of beach 5s in other shores, which however had already been interested in EBRA independently. What awaits us looking to the future? So much work, but the hope is to create a global beach 5s circuit >>.