Perpignan: “Passing the mark of 5,000 subscribers in September would be historic!” by the president of the USAP

Nearly 800 blood and gold supporters gathered at Aimé Giral this Tuesday, August 9, for the members’ evening. Already “hot as embers”, they gave the club president, coaches and players a standing ovation, and unveiled the new red shirt with yellow checks for the away games. On August 10, USAP announced 4,200 subscribers and is targeting more than 5,000 for its home opener on September 10 against Brive.

The multitude of great occasions at Aimé Giral this Tuesday, August 9 in the evening.
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A certain effervescence covered in blood and gold reigns, Tuesday August 9, at the beginning of the evening. We feel this obvious pleasure of finding familiar faces, friends or simple neighbors in the stands, and tasting an atmosphere that is both good-humored but also a little electric. With the help of the heat, the bars work at full speed. The large air-conditioned reception hall, also full of people, brings a welcome coolness. At the counter, a few players, all smiling, slip into the role of waiters. In the main corridor of the stadium, others lend themselves with the same kindness to signing sessions.

The word of President François Rivière had its small effect.

The word of President François Rivière had its small effect.
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Then, the excitement rises as the time approaches for this evening’s meeting in honor of the subscribers, at the foot of the podium and the sound. Three-quarters of an hour later, François Rivière, the president of the USAP, made his appearance, like a tribune, amid the cheers of nearly 800 well-dressed supporters huddled at the foot of the stage and the mini red carpet. the occasion “My friends, I tell you frankly, this year will be the year of all records. World Cup 2023, Championship of France … We will only talk about rugby. And you will understand that the USAP must, which will celebrate its 120 . birthday in September, become one of the pilot clubs for the season. You must help us break records with your presence and the trust you renew in us every season with the subscription.”. Continuing with the number of current subscribers “you are more than 4,200, thank you all”.

The president harangues the supporters present: “If on September 10, against Brive, for our first home match, the bar of more than 5,000 season tickets was crossed, it would be a historic figure for the club.” Remembering that the USAP could also count on the more than 300 current members, but that it was necessary “Look for more“, he insists: “Your support and encouragement throughout the year is heartwarming, but the more of us, the stronger we will be. So do your best, convince your loved ones, your friends, but we need as many subscribers as possible. power fill our “cathedral” with every home game!”.

Mathieu Acebes also took the floor, alongside the president and his colleagues.

Mathieu Acebes also took the floor, alongside the president and his colleagues.
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Grateful, François Rivière gives way to the presentation of the coaches, the players line by line, and the new shirt, with golden diamonds on a blood red background, intended for away matches. Soberly, Patrick Arlettaz, who recently became a coach, and Mathieu Acebes, the iconic USAP captain, take turns to express their”deep attachment to this club” and thank the Catalan public “his loyalty, his constancy and his enthusiasm”.

Seven recruits for the new season and a boss full of challenges

The bar of 4000 subscribers has just been crossed, a figure that allows us to dream of new challenges for the coming season. “We have 15% more new subscribers, with 35% subscription to the subscription option for USAP’s 120th anniversary. The goal, as President Rivière reminded us, is to get closer to 5,000 subscriptions” observes Michael Ignatevossian, head of communication and projects of the club.

On the player side, seven new faces join the ranks of Team USAP. These recruits include Ma’afu Fia on the right, Will Witty and Victor Moreaux in the second line, Kelian Galletier in the third, Jake McIntyre in the first, Dorian Laborde at center back and full back, Boris Goutard.

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