Day 127 + 19

Another day, another sport

One of the great pleasures of the whole project is hearing from people who Bjørn and/or I have met along the way. It was therefore very exciting to hear how well La Vila Rugby are doing this season. Bjørn and I went to visit them almost exactly a year and we enjoyed a day in the sun watching a great game of rugby. I shut up about my true love (rugby league) and Bjørn loved the agression and non-stop 80 minutes even if the finer nuances were missed.

This week, I asked La Vila’s Pocket Dynamo of a PR Lady, Jo Le Roux to let us all have an update. She writes,


Local sports club, Rugby La Vila, is well into the start of it’s the 2010-2011 premiership league season, and what a start it has been. The club’s senior team, which started pre-season training in early August, has won each of its five fixtures so far and is placed second on the league table.

Founded in 1982, La Vila is a semi-professional club playing in the Spanish Division of Honour Premiership League, which consists of the top ten teams in Spain. It was founded by none other than its present-day president, Ignacio Davila. Today, after years of tender loving care, Ignacio and his wife, Mayka, have the pleasure of presiding over a professional, efficiently run rugby club, which is included in the highest league in Spain – all housed in a pristine, international-standard rugby stadium.

In order to keep up with the competitive demands of the Division of Honour, La Vila contracts professional players from around the globe, many of whom are British lads over for some sun and a slightly different kind of rugby experience. These players spend their days and evenings training hard under the watchful eye of head coach, Mark Hewitt. That said, after a hard week’s training and a tough Sunday rugby match, you might find the boys letting off steam at one of Benidorm’s beach bars (Heartbreakers is a usual suspect!).

After La Vila’s incredible success last season, finishing second in the league, there are high hopes for another impressive season!

La Vila Rugby Club together with COOL FM will be hosting a special Family Day on Sunday 24th October 2010. Popular Benidorm performers, Sister Act and Maverick Country Rock will be providing live entertainment, and a bouncy castle and face painting will be provided for the kids. A traditional Spanish paella lunch, with wine included, will also be served.

The Division of Honour Premiership game C.R. La Vila vs E.U. Santboiana will be played at 12:30, with entertainment and lunch to follow.
Free transport is included in the deal, with private coaches running from Benidorm, El Campello and Albir. Tickets, which include return transport, entrance to the game, paella, wine and entertainment, cost as little as 10 Euros. They are available from Cool FM, La Vila Rugby Club, Yorkshire Pride 1 or 2 (Benidorm) and Aussies Bar (Albir). In the spirit of a real family day, under 18’s get in free, so bring the kids along for a
day of fun, sun and entertainment!!

For more information, please feel free to contact Jo le Roux at”

So, if you are in the Benidorm area please make yourself known to Jo.


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