The France 2023 organisation committee officialised during the inaugural stage of the France 2023 Rugby Tour its engagement in favor of the youth coming from low-income neighbourhoods through the launch of its National Neighbourhoods Tournament 2023, alongside Rugby Urban Attitude association.
This tournament’s organisation will focus on 8 000 children, aged from 8 to 13 years throughout all of France, and will use rugby as a pedagogical tool of insertion in low-income neighbourhoods in order to mobilise and shine a light on existing local initiatives.
The National Neighbourhoods Tournament 2023, taking place in all 9 host regions of Rugby World Cup France 2023, will be focused around 3 key moments:
- Animations at the heart of neighbourhoods, to introduce children to the practice of rugby and its values, as well as to sensibilise them to activities centered on the theme of citizenship.
- Animations between different neighbourhoods, to favorise interactions and to continue rugby and citizenship activities.
- A national final, taking place in Saint-Denis. The 9 selected regional teams will also be invited to the bronze final of Rugby World Cup France 2023 (Stade de France, 27 October 2023).
Every children involved in this tournament will be invited to a Rugby World Cup 2023 match in the competition’s different host cities.
To confirm its ambition of leaving behind a strong legacy, the France 2023 organisation committee wishes to ensure that these children can continue the practice of rugby in their neighbourhoods after Rugby World Cup 2023.