The President of EBRA – European Beach Rugby Association – Kasper Bleijenberg and the Secretary General Vincent Edelkoort (both Dutch) coordinated, via video conference, the first assembly of the year. The assembly tried to understand the evolution of the pandemic situation in Europe and, inevitably, the future scenarios in view of the EBRA Series 2021. The general awareness has well understood that until, at least, in spring uncertainty will reign, but all EBRA stages are ready for the restart and, on this occasion, they have also confirmed the dates for next season.
The month of June will see the start of the European circuit in Hungary, the new stage at Balaton Lake will take place on 12-13 June. It will then proceed with the North Sea Beach Rugby Cup in The Hague in the Netherlands on 19 and 20 June to continue on 26 and 27 June in Portugal at the Porto Beach Rugby Cup.
July will see the stages in southern Europe: 3 and 4 July the Adriatic Beach Rugby Cup in Alba Adriatica will be played, an important opportunity to enjoy and discover the cuisine and beaches of the Bel Paese. The warm and attractive Barcelona, then, will host the traditional Spanish stage on 10 and 11 July, in what is one of the most engaging and professional stages of the EBRA circuit. Then transfer to Marseille, to one of the oldest and most exciting tournaments on the European circuit, to get to know the beauties of the Old Port as well as the top-level Beach Rugby with its fish bars supplied directly by local fishermen.
The final of the beach 5’s European Cup for clubs is confirmed, however, at the Beach Arena in Lignano Sabbiadoro in Italy, on 24 and 25 July, where the best of European beach rugby will compete for a title paused only by the covid. Lignano Sabbiadoro, then, in addition to two days of great beach rugby and with a very high stakes, can offer a welcome made of golden beaches, crystal clear sea and a nightlife worthy of the most important European locations.
The new board of EBRA., In any case, also presented the new projects for the year 2021 that go beyond the European borders, with contacts in various continents.
“It is a development and expansion dictated by the continuous change of seasonal sports” – said President Kasper Bleijenberg at the end of the Assembly – “EBRA must be an active protagonist in following international events and requests for collaboration. EBRA cannot remain inattentive to the change that is currently in force and thanks to its experience gained in the logistical organization of a European movement, it must follow the change required in a wider context “.
The next EBRA Assembly will be at the end of February and new official communications on the future of the movement are expected.