A rugby section was created at the start of the school year in September 2021 at the ITEP (Therapeutic Educational and Pedagogical Institute) Astazou in Lourdes. The young people are supervised by MM Artigusse and Destruel and Mrs. Dubourg. Every Wednesday morning between 11 and 15 rugby players train with the “Rebonds” association.
The objective is to participate in two tournaments, one regional and the other national. For this, it was necessary to seek sponsors. The regional tournament took place in Montpellier on May 18 and 19. On this tournament it was signed an agreement with the ITEP of the castle of Urac in Tarbes. Two young people participated in this rugby section from September to the end of May. The group of young people and the educators have the privilege of visiting the Montpellier-Hérault rugby infrastructure (top 14 club) as VIPs. The teenagers finished the tournament having obtained all the points for fair play and cooperation.
The stay was positive for all, because they were able to discover another environment, create links and demonstrated the values of mutual aid and solidarity. The next step will be to participate in the national tournament in Hagetmau on June 23, 24 and 25 with the young people of ITEP Astazou.
Thanks go to the town hall of Lourdes, the Alcis transport company, the Sanguinet company and the Harmonie mutual insurance company, without which this project would not have been possible. Stéphanie and her Sport 2000 team in Lourdes offered the equipment and Laure did the flocking of the jerseys. The ITEP of Château Durac also provided support.