THE TOWN OF IBIZA TO HOST THE VERY FIRST COMMERCIAL 10S RUGBY TOURNAMENT OF THE BALEARIC ISLANDS THANKS TO RUGBYSPY LTD AND THE CONSELL AND AYUNTAMIENTO OF IBIZA TOWN
Backed by the Consell and the Ayuntamiento of Ibiza Town, RugbySpy has today announced the official date and location for historic inaugural Ibiza 10s tournament, set to take place on June 8th 2013 at the Estadio Municipal Can Misses.
The RugbySpy Ibiza 10s Tournament is the brainchild of Abby Edwards, a City businesswoman and rugbyphile from London who has been coming to the island for a number of years . The RugbySpy team is most grateful and honored by the very enthusiastic response to the launch of the tournament in Ibiza Town, an idea the town’s Consell and Ayuntamiento embraced and supported straight away.
More than 5 ,000 spectators are expected to fill the Can Misses stadium on the second weekend of June 2013 to see a packed day of rugby played by a number of teams, including one made up of players who have played at national and international level and the also the home nation , represented by Ibiza Rugby Club . There will also be a number of players who are currently playing for Premiership teams, who will work with the competitors and mingle with the crowds.
The one-day invitational tournament will be the first and only commercial rugby event of its kind on the island and peninsula, and the first Tens Tournament in Spain…
Set against the backdrop of breath taking and typical Balearic scenery, and with its main venue a stones’ throw from the magnificent Ibiza Port – a UNESCO World Heritage site, supporters have everything to experience an unforgettable day of rugby and entertainment as usual with their family and friends in a great atmosphere, which has been produced to allow everyone to experience the ultimate Mediterranean weekend or a longer holiday on an island which offers the best of all worlds as a destination.
The Ibiza Tens aims to become a vehicle to boost rugby’s development in Ibiza, Spain and the Iberian Peninsula as a whole. With a women’s national rugby union team making strides year on year in the 6 Nations, a men’s side showing impressive progress in the 6 Nations B tournament and in the wake of the Spanish Sevens national team historic achievements last season in qualifying for the Sevens World Series, there is a strong potential for rugby taking a firm hold in Spain and Ibiza beyond that of a fringe sport. RugbySpy together with the Ibiza Rugby Club will be offering a “come and try” session prior to the start of the tournament offering a taster for those who have never played before and coaching tips to those looking to improve existing skills.
RugbySpy sense that Tens Rugby and other hybrid versions of the sport like Tag and Touch have a strong growth potential here in Ibiza and in Spain as a whole as the warm year-long climate allows for playing into the evening while the local rhythm and lifestyle creates the perfect environment for enjoying the social elements of the sport.
Therefore, the City of Ibiza Town’s Sport and Recreation Department, in partnership with RugbySpy, will host the Ibiza Tens’ Rugby Tournament partly in order to reward the passion and generous hard work displayed for the sport by growing ranks of local volunteers and players. For we all hope Ibiza will produce some of the future national stars of the sport and events like ours serve as a vital launching pad for the future development of rugby in the region.
The tournament will host 8 teams and 16 games in 2 pools of four teams, 3 play-off stages and one 3rd place decider in a fun-packed day of sun, high-quality fast-paced rugby and social entertainment.
This year’s RugbySpy Ibiza Tens promises to be a highlight of the Iberian rugby year and a highly enjoyable event for all spectators with an exciting line-up.. There will be a lot of novelty to experience for the whole family or groups of rugby enthusiasts, both on and off the pitch. Be among the first able to say you were here at the very first RugbySpy Ibiza 10s!
Bajos Estadio Municipal Can Misses Calle Campanitx, 27
Saturday, 8 June: Games start from 10:30 GMT
The winners presentation is at approx 18:00
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