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rugby-pour-tous---benin-1-2015-01-18 copie copieCoach Evrard Gbozinkpa Edoh trains:

At the Cocotiers de la Haie Vive Elementary School in Cotonou,

  • around sixty 6 to 10 year olds on Saturday afternoons
  • around 20 girls aged 12 to 18 on Wednesday and Saturday mornings

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Weekly at the Gbégamey Elementary School

  • around 40 school children, following their request for training having noticed the training taking place in the Cocotiers school.

And also at “Citizens of the Street” centre in Sonagnon where children are taken in from the streets during the day.

10351678_628626813931820_4592145386883757065_n copie“Rugby is a sport that allows children to become adults and adults to stay children” Jean-Pierre Rives, Gloire du Sport

 

 

 

The Rugby Pour Tous Benin team have received visits and have co-coached training sessions with members of other registered charities: Rugby sans Frontières, SOUA Rugby Club from Albertville, Bordeaux action Solidarité Bénin and Les Ailes du savoir Paris.

We already have local support from companies such as the Tincy baker’s shop (Cotonou, Benin) and the Direction of the Cocotiers school allows the training to take place on their grounds as well as joining the children at the end of the training sessions to integrate educational activities to the sessions. In Europe the design agency Loup Design (France) is fully on board.

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Rugby pour Tous Europe has been created to build awareness and develop the idea of Global Citizenship. Its aim is to facilitate dialogue and exchange, sending equipment, funds and skills to Benin whilst bringing ideas and skills back from them. The charity is working with Cap Coopération, a regional organization specialized in sustainable activities and networking.

In 2015 the priority for Rugby pour Tous Europe is to develop relationships with European and Beninese actors in education, social integration, business and sport.

10891710_611278368999998_5619743278210535956_n copieWe hope to gain support of individuals and organizations to work together and brainstorm opportunities for developing opportunities for Benin in the northern hemisphere and to readdress the balance between Northern-Southern hemisphere exchanges.

Rugby Pour Tous Europe will also be a tool for companies to concretize their Social Responsibility policies.

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The founding team and administration 2015

Laurence Haxaire, 38 , president

Laurence Haxaire« I started out playing basketball and handball but also run, box and sail (Student World Cup 1998), I know the developmental benefits of sport and I want to share them with generations to come ». Committed, activist, entrepreneur (www.lh-echo.com) and sustainability expert, Laurence is based in Bordeaux where rugby is king. She is also co-founder and treasurer of the charity Rugby Pour Tous Bénin.

 

Romain Da Costa, 59, treasurer

Romain Dacosta« Man was made for action. In rugby all forces converge and that’s what motivates me ». Born in Cotonou, Romain has worked for over 30 years in the Town Hall of Rosny-Sous-Bois, in Seine-Saint-Denis, where he is Director of Communication. He is vice president of the Benin Rugby Federation and is a driving force in Franco-Benin co-operation.

 

 

 

Nicky Boxall, 37, secretary

NickyBoxall2« Ask me my mood and I’ll show you my Haka ». Enabling disadvantaged children to play, learn and grow through rugby is a philosophy I really believe in. Committing to help Rugby Pour Tous Benin was the obvious way to contribute. Runner and mum of two young rugby players, entrepreneur, and language coach, Nicky was born in England and has lived in Dordogne, where rugby is a big part of the culture, for 10 years.

 

 

Patricia Guerbé, 43, administrator

PatriciaGuerbe« I find the values that guide every one of my commitments in Rugby Pour Tous: human richness, determination that enables players to go all the way, never giving up, respect and deserved confidence is given and must never be betrayed ». Manager of the A2P Agency, Patricia is an active member of numerous networks such as: Rugby Club Aquitaine Entreprises, Medef, BNI group and Stade bordelais.

 

Evrard Gbozinkpa Edoh, 37, adminsitrator

Evrard Gbozinkpa« I didn’t choose rugby; rugby chose me! » A passionate bodybuilder, international competitor, player and captain of the Dauphins de l’Atlantique Cotonou,
« coach » Evrard has been training around one hundred young people who enjoy the activities offered by Rugby Pour Tous Bénin since March 2014. Based in Benin Evrard is also a physical trainer, rugby referee and was trained in childhood pedagogy by the Get Into Rugby program from the International Rugby Board.