Checklist for a French Away Trip
Organising a rugby trip to France
01/04/2015 There is now blanket approval from Hampshire/RFU for games with French clubs, both for home and away games. There are cultural differences with our French cousins - they are much more family orientated and hospitable; when hosting you may be given food and drinks FOC, they will usually stay on after the game for a meal and mingle with your team and connections. It is very important to reciprocate when hosting them at home fixtures; going home immediately after the game is not an option! The Gallic hospitality makes it all very worthwhile.
There are some differences in structure between English and French Rugby:-
Their age groups run from 1st January to 31st December as opposed to our 1st September to 31st August - meaning their children could be up to eight months older. In smaller clubs they combine groups:- U7/U8 'Minimes', U9/U10 'Poussins', U11/U12 'Benjamins'.
Their Rules/Laws are slightly different eg they go straight into contact (no tag), tackles must be below the waist in the younger groups.
It is important for your coaches to know in advance which rules are used - rememember player safety is our first priority!
If you wish to go to St Malo, Yvan is their Fixtures Secretary - please contact him via Michelle Clark (U12s).
Ferry Bookings can be made through ES&C at a better rate (less 15%) - see the links below.
A full list of the travelling party must be emailed to the Nicky Le Bihan, Safeguarding, and Roger Nightingale, Chairman.
Insurance - in the past we have relied on the French Reciprocal Agreement to provide cover for trips, but it covers only 80% of the cost.
The Attestation Certificate must be carried and can be obtained from the Social Security Dept.
Vantage cover is better, but subject to a £25 excess (please make sure that Vantage/JRFCA Committee have notification of an impending claim on your return, the invoices from the French Health Service can take a while).
If a player has personal family insurance, a copy of this will suffice.
Parents/supporters do not need to be covered, but the Attestation Certificate is recommended.