French Rugby Players Association visits Panama to teach local kids

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French Flair in action.

French Flair in action.

Rugby, the popular sport of he Europe, is getting a boost in Panama courtesy of the French Embassy and l’Alliance Française which are bringing former international rugby stars to teach the game to Panamanian children. This initiative is organized by a charity known as French Flair, which will host a series of events from Thursday, December 5 through Wednesday, December 11, making good on their mission of helping disadvantaged youth in Latin America.

The official group presentation will be held at 8 p.m. on December 5 at l’Alliance Française to which the public is invited. Draws include a complimentary wine festival along with a DJ-lead night of dancing.

Flair during a presentation in Colombia.

Flair during a presentation in Colombia.

On Friday, December 6 at 8 p.m. a fundraising dinner at the Bristol Hotel is scheduled. Cost to attend is $110 and $130 with an auction of autographed jerseys serving as a highlight. For more information on this event please contact 6678-3035 or asesorculturalafp@gmail.com.

Two schools in the economically-challenged area of San Miguelito –la Escuela de Jose de San Martin and la Escuela Domingo Faustino Sarmiento- will have the opportunity to meet with the players on Friday, December 6 and Tuesday December 10. The students will show off their skills in a tournament on Saturday, December 7 in Balboa Stadium at 3 p.m. This free event is open to the public, and will be followed by an exhibition match involving the French Flair at 6:30 p.m.

The rugbymen pay a special visit to Contadora Island on Sunday, December 8 with a stay at the Villa Romántica Hotel. Tour packages are available for those wishing to spend time on the beach with the players while donating to their cause. More information can be found at www.panamacity-hotels.travel/A Day At The Beach With International Rugby Men. The following day includes an interchange with the inhabitants of San Miguel on the nearby island of San José.

Children learn discipline by playing rugby.

Children learn discipline by playing rugby.

By teaching rugby skills to Panamanian school children, French Flair seeks to instill the values of good sportsmanship such as courage, competitiveness, generosity, and audacity. As ambassadors of good will, the rugbymen aim to strengthen the bonds of friendship between France and Panama through the promotion of their sport.

 

Rugby in Panama

Panama Rugby Foundation was founded on July 1, 2012. Their aim is to develop rugby as a sport played locally. To this end they presently offer a weekly clinic at the Metropolitan School in the City of Knowledge in Clayton every Saturday morning at 9:15 a.m. Boys and girls up to 15 years of age are encouraged to participate to obtain proper training in the sport.

Panama Rugby Foundation, panamarugbyfoundation@gmail.com,

www.panamarugby.org/

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