Our Why

10685529_628631577264677_6481008379487345869_n copieRugby Pour Tous Europe developed from the passion of Rugby Pour Tous Benin and is committed to supporting them in their actions.

Rugby Pour Tous Benin, has been encouraging children off the streets and onto the rugby pitch since March 2014. The national Captain, Number 8 and representative for women’s rugby in Benin decided to act locally and ask for support from across the world. The charity was registered on August 15th 2014.

Hermann Gangnihessou, President of the charity, grew up on the streets of Benin then grew into being one of the country’s highest level tacklers. He believes that rugby can be an exceptional tool for social integration.

10345773_611290935665408_3997242779584932840_n copie“Rugby helped me discover the man that I really am. It gave me hope and self confidence; it made me become a gentleman. We hope to carry out our dream of creating a School of Rugby, with the support of the rugby players and supporters across the planet.”

Number 8 for the national team and accorded the title “Best Tackler” in the Super 16 Trophy, 2005, Herman has an eclectic team on board. Players or other, they are motivated and confident and above all committed to promoting the values that rugby is founded on:

Fraternity: a school of tolerance, a tool for emancipation and social integration.

Solidarity: generosity, sacrifice, humility and mutual understanding.

Physical discipline: personal commitment, desire to exceed oneself.

Loyalty: the moral code of the sport.

Respect: others and oneself.

Combating Violence: rugby’s role in education society.

Celebration: the show of sportsmanship is a show for everyone to celebrate!

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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.