the amateur BO separates from its female section

There is no disappearance but the end of a four-year adventure. “It’s horrible to see how everything we founded suddenly collapses, without …

There is no disappearance but the end of a four-year adventure. “It’s horrible to see how everything we founded all of a sudden collapses, without even being consulted,” laments Manon Péant, the senior team’s third center. Originally, Biarritz women’s rugby took shape in 2014, under the auspices of Féminines Athlétiques Rugby (FAR), as imagined by Florian Mercader, one of the pioneers. Everything accelerated then on July 1, 2018, when the entity – which only played at the age of 7 – became the Biarritz Olympique Féminin.

The rapprochement between the FAR and the sports section of Biarritz Olympique was evident, it even saved lives. Since they are under the auspices of the association, the players, nicknamed “the BOtés”, have gone from seven to fifteen years, the youngest have seen the light, and this season, the pennant team has even finished in the last regional. block of Federal 2, lost to Nerac.

“Closer to the professional sector”

Thus, inevitably, the decision taken by the office of the association Biarritz Olympique Rugby raises questions. The conflict that is undermining the whole of Biarrot rugby has something to do with it. On the one hand, the head of the association of amateur soundtracks, formed essentially by the old glories of the 2000s and which arrived in September; on the other, the SASP Biarritz Olympique Pays Basque, led by Jean-Baptiste Aldigé. And in the middle? Lots of people and a few BOtés. Some of them even voted in favor of the removal of the board of directors of the BO amateur during the “general assembly”, attempted last April and the effects of which were suspended by the courts. But the future head of the women’s pole Florian Mercader says: “The wars of the ego, who cares.” “Since 2018 we have always been forgotten within the association, he continues. About subsidies, etc. And every time, the BOPB was there ”.

“When we arrived in September 2021, describes David Couzinet, we created a weight room, we put the players in tune with the other teams that are under our responsibility. Today they are closer to the professional sector than to us, explains the old second line of the BO. They were entitled to the club bus for various trips, to attend Top 14 matches and even use the bar for professionals a few times to make money. I’m not against her worrying, but since the girls joined the association, the FAR still exists, and the money they earn goes directly into their coffers. ”

What about cadets?

Which justifies, for the leaders of the amateur BO, a transfer of structure “to the FAR”, so that women, in the long run, are “more clearly funded by the private sector.” “In any case, it is in tune with the times,” sums up the old second line. We wanted to check before doing anything with the French rugby authorities. It will be an obligation for women’s teams to approach professional structures. We have advanced. »

Despite this separation, the BO amateur association intends to keep the younger team and the younger rugby women within it. “We will do our best so she can do our sport.” It is now up to the senior players and their head coach Florian Mercader to chart the new path for women’s rugby in Biarritz. “We have to find the funding, the partners, the projects, the coach, but the girls won’t let go.”

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