SCAN SPORT – For the first time in France, in the Pyrénées-Orientales, the practice of rugby will be allowed in the playgrounds.
If the round ball is all the rage in the playgrounds, the oval ball was not welcome. Far away from primary school, rugby will be ready to enter. The first experiments start in September in the Pyrénées-Orientales.
The project, called "Rugby at Recess", aims to integrate the practice of rugby into recreation of primary schools. He focuses on rugby touch, a style of game that avoids dangerous contact and promotes movement games. "We have proven that it was possible and safe," said the President of the Sports Association del Bercol from Corneilla-del-Vercol to The Independent. "For two years at Elne's Joseph-Neo Primary School, we have funded a synthetic pitch and the kids are using it with no worries. The same goes for Latour-Bas-Elne, Alenya and soon Saint-Cyprien schools. to follow these examples, "he continues.
A first attempt in the Pyrénées-Orientales before a possible expansion
Formally legalized at the signing of an agreement between the authorities of rugby league and XV in the Pyrénées-Orientales, representatives of elected municipal officials and academic services, the "Rugby at the Recreation" project also allows municipalities wishing to invest between 3500 and 5000 euros for funding of the construction of grounds for the exercise of rugby. An initiative that the organizers do not rule out to extend to the rest of France if successful.