Jean Marc, the leader of Stade Caennais Rugby Club teams in Lisbon, says that the Portugal Rugby Youth Festival, which takes place every year in Lisbon in the U13, U15, U17 and U19 categories, boys and girls, is a "super experience that we will definitely repeat".
George Tavner, Assistant Manager of the Bath Rugby Club Academy, sums up the value of the Portugal Rugby Youth Festival: "I've been travelling the world for more than 15 years and Portugal Rugby Youth Festival is the best in Europe in terms of size, organization and competition".
Solidarity is one of the core values of rugby. That spirit was present at the 11th edition of the Portugal Rugby Youth Festival, where APOIAR - a Portuguese NGO that promotes development projects in the areas of Nutrition, Health, Education and Training in Africa - was present, gathering support among the teams in competition at the tournament for its FEED Champions project.
The managers and coaches of the American teams present at this year's edition of the best youth rugby festival in the world don't spare their praise. Coming from a country where the sport is lived with extreme professionalism, the American leaders present in Lisbon highlight the tournament's level of competitiveness, but also the fantastic experience it provides players.
The first Portuguese Touch Rugby Cup Final took place on Saturday, April 13, integrated into the program of the Portugal Rugby Youth Festival. Agrária de Coimbra and Técnico de Lisboa competed for the trophy, with the team from Coimbra taking home the trophy after an 8-6 win. The President of the Portuguese Rugby Federation (Carlos Amado da Silva), the President of the Touch Rugby Association (Amílcar Seco) and the development manager of the Portuguese Rugby Federation (Henrique Garcia) presided over the trophy ceremony.
The Portuguese Prime Minister, António Costa, took a long stroll at the Portugal Rugby Youth Festival and stated he places great importance on the spirit of rugby.
Surrounded by a huge crowd of young players from around the world who greeted him cheerfully, Costa revealed a few episodes of his already extensive political life to show the importance he gives to the spirit of rugby. "I noticed that in some moments, at my party, comrades with different political views voted together on certain decisions. I figured it was because they had played rugby together. I realized that there was a great spirit of unity, commitment and loyalty."
There should be nothing about rugby that impressed Lewis Moody. The English international and Lion has been in all the rugby world's fields, in all the world's changing rooms in many of the great moments of the game and, like the warrior he was and is, he is not a man to be impressed.
This was what we thought while we waited for him at the entrance of the Portugal Rugby Youth Festival, at the University Stadium in Lisbon, the best urban tourist destination in the world.
Fundamentally, the Portugal Rugby Youth Festival is the ability to make 28 151 people happy in an area of 100 thousand square meters, for 48 hours and 300 games of great excitement.