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PORTUGAL RUGBY YOUTH FESTIVAL 2015

Arrival, rugby time and departure: All teams, except local clubs, should arrive in Lisbon no later than  Friday 27 March 2015. There will be an opening event for all team officials, referees, sponsors and organization in a local hotel. First round & preliminary matches start Saturday morning. All finals will be played Sunday. The organization will coordinate and make all travel arrangements for foreign teams arriving by air at the Lisbon International Airport. Teams arriving by coach or train should make their way to the accommodation site on Friday and will be assisted on arrival by its own Team Liaison for the whole period of stay. On match days (28 & 29 March) shuttle buses will be available to take teams to and from the tournament venue. In the first day of the competition, Saturday, every team will play 3 to 4 matches. The play-off groups and finals will be played on Sunday. The tournament organization reserves the right (if needed) to make adjustments to the tournament format to guarantee that every team plays the same number of rugby matches. Monday 30th March will see all visiting teams departing from Lisbon International Airport.

Food & Drink: The Portugal Rugby Youth Festival organization will provide all participants with food and drinks at the accommodation sites. Breakfast and dinner are served on buffet style and dinner is always a warm meal. Lunch is not included in the festival package but it can be purchased at the playing venue. The festival restaurant menu costs 10,00 euros per person and it includes 1 soup, 1 main course, desert and 1 drink.

Festival & Entertainment: We emphasize the friendly get together between youngsters of different nationalities and cultures. On Sunday after the final there will a trophies and awards ceremony and live music for everyone. One of our goals at the Portugal Rugby Youth Festival is that coaches have time and opportunities for a good rugby chat across borders. Coaches Corner was a huge sucess in previous editions  and in 2015 we will make sure this unique experience is repeated!

Local Entry Clubs: We welcome all local rugby clubs in the Lisbon area to enter and to be part of this fantastic rugby party. This will be a great chance for all local rugby clubs to benefit from playing against international opponents and also to make new friends! Registration for local clubs to participate in the Portugal Rugby Festival will open on September 1st 2014. Local teams wishing to register in the tournament should do so by using the following link: Online Enquiry

Teams from Portugal, Spain, France and other countries arriving in Lisbon by road on own bus transportation

Teams arriving by own coach should make their way to the accommodation site on Friday 27 March 2015 and will have the following as their standard itinerary:

27 March 2015 – Arrival in Lisbon at the accommodation site by own coach. Team will be met on arrival by an event liaison. This event liaison will be with your group for the rest of the festival duration. Remainder of the day will be at leisure.

28 March 2015 – Tournament Day One: Matches will start early in the morning. Match schedule will be send to the team manager before arrival. On match days shuttle buses will be available to take teams to and from the tournament venue.

29 March 2015 - Tournament Day One: Matches will start early in the morning. Finals will be played in the afternoon. After the last games, there will be a trophies ceremony for all teams to attend near tournament venue. The party will include the trophies and awards ceremony and live music. Local teams and other teams staying in Lisbon for 2 nights will then start their journey back and will head home after the event party finishes.

30 March 2015 – Team´s staying in Lisbon for 3 nights will return home by air or road transportation this morning.

Note: Teams wishing to arrive earlier or depart later than the standard schedule can do so by informing us during their online quote requests. Extra nights and extra friendly rugby fixtures with local rugby teams can easily be arranged to you on request.

Teams from around the world arriving in Lisbon by air transportation

Teams arriving by air transportation will have the following as their standard itinerary:

27 March 2015 – Arrival in Lisbon International Airport. After going through customs at the airport you will be met by your event liaison. This event liaison will be with your group for the rest of the festival duration. Coach will pick-up the team at the airport and transfer the team to the accommodation site. Remainder of the day will be at leisure.

28 March 2015 – Tournament Day One: Matches will start early in the morning. Match schedule will be send to the team manager before arrival. On match days shuttle buses will be available to take teams to and from the tournament venue.

29 March 2015 - Tournament Day Two: Matches will start early in the morning. Finals will be played in the afternoon. After the last games, there will be a trophies ceremony for all teams to attend near tournament venue. The party will include the trophies and awards ceremony and live music. There will be food and drinks for all teams. Local teams and other teams staying in Lisbon for 2 nights will then start their journey back and will head home after the event party finishes.

30 March 2015 – This morning after breakfast your team will be taken to the Lisbon Airport where you will fly home after a magnificent weekend of rugby. In case your flight time permits, there may be the option to take an excursion into town or to the coastal resort of Cascais & Estoril.

Note: Teams wishing to arrive earlier or depart later than the standard schedule can do so by informing us during their online quote requests. Extra nights and extra rugby fixtures can easily be arranged to you on request.