[Rugby] One of the largest complexes in Haut-de-France is being built in Roubaix

As France hosts the Rugby World Cup, Roubaix opened its new rugby complex at Carihem Stadium this Wednesday, September 13, in the presence of French Rugby Federation President Florian Grill. Brand new infrastructure serving one of the best facilities north of Paris.

Four pitches, including 2 synthetic, including a touch rugby pitch; 200 m2 clubhouse, bordered by a 40 m2 terrace, which allows you to attend matches in the best conditions; changing rooms, classroom, offices; creation of a straight runway around the main square and a well-equipped parking lot with 45 spaces, also equipped with hoops for parking bicycles: Roubaix Rugby Club (RCR) takes on a new dimension to match the global competition that accompanies its launch!

This work, which began in 2022 and cost more than 5.5 million euros, financed by the city, the state, the region, the department, the MEL and the National Sports Agency, created a complex without an equivalent in the north of Paris. They will allow the RCR, led by Léonard Delcourt, to develop sporting activities as well as ancillary activities such as catering and organizing seminars. The aim is to make these new infrastructures a lever for the development of the club and an aura of oval balls in the cycling area, as well as to promote Roubaix.

Rugby News also allows the club to open this new page, offering it an echo with a global influence: thus creating a “Fan Zone” for the French national team games as well as matches to be broadcast on a giant screen. The final stages of the World Cup (quarters, semi-finals and finals).

RCR: for 50 years

In 1975, a group of friends who attended Van der Meersch High School founded the Roubaix Rugby Club. It now has 300 members, from toddlers to seniors, including women, supervised by 25 educators and benefiting from a rugby school and professional coaching. Its 1st team plays in Federal 3.

The club has also established partnerships with medical and educational institutes or associations that enable the development of disabled rugby practice.

RCR is the second club in the Lille metropolitan area and the fourth in Hauts-de-France.

Favorable land awards

In Roubaix, the land of cycling where it is less expected, the oval ball has taken hold. This paradox did not fail to attract the attention of Jonny Wilkinson and Thierry Dusautor, who devoted an episode of their web series “Terrain Favors” to it.

The opening of this magnificent sports complex, which we managed to coincide with the World Cup, marks the beginning of a new era for rugby in Roubaix and the people of Roubaix. In addition to being a place to play rugby, it will also be a gathering place for the people of Roubais who are passionate about the sport, as well as a place for exciting matches, tournaments and training, offering a variety of exercises from discovery to excellence. With this new equipment, City strengthens its involvement in the great rugby family and Rugby-Club Roubaix and reaffirms its commitment to the sport. » Michel Gacem – Deputy Mayor responsible for sports

Congratulated by Roubaix Mayor Guillaume Delbar, Hauts-de-France Regional Rugby League President Sébastien Cares and RCR President Leonard Delcourt, French Rugby Federation President Florian Grill praised the work done and the projects. Rough club.

The co-financiers of the project were also represented, namely Antoine Silani-Logé, Hauts-de-France Regional Councilor, Max-André Pick, Councilor of the Northern Department, Éric Skyronka, Metropolis European Vice-President from Lille and Félicia Gérard, Northern MP.

Photo credit: Sébastien Candelier, Lucas Demoor, Department of Communication, City of Roubaix

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