” On Saturdays, Armentières is the economic center of the region. Jean-Louis Merten, commercial assistant and leader of the rugby department of the Léo-Lagrange club, is very proud to present this Saturday’s event. It must be said that there is something. Just imagine, a hundred business leaders, half French, half British, landing in the city of the web for a major economic conference, all linked to a classic in rugby, a France-England, it must be recognized that looks good .
Originally it was the business division of the regional council that planned to surf the future Rugby World Cup to host a whole range of events. ” Initially, this was all scheduled for September 18, a date when the federal clubs played… » So a new headquarters had to be found and it was the Armentiérois club that positioned itself. ” But in the end, the match is a bit of a pretext. »
Because, and that’s the whole point of the meeting, it’s the economic meeting that remains the core of the event. “
The goal is to connect companies that are interested in meeting and collaborating ‘ continues the chosen one. In the morning, at Île-de-Flandre secondary school, all business leaders come together for a series of conferences. An opportunity for all bosses, but also for the city, which wants to use it to promote itself. This moment of exchange and possible rapprochement will continue throughout the day in the business village on the stadium’s forecourt.
Abdelatif Benazzi at the helm
But this “crunch”, the name given to the matches between France and England, will of course not be just economic. He will also be athletic. And as so often with the CLLA, the general public. ” Abdelatif Benazzi, former captain of the XV of France, will introduce young people to rugby. All high school students in the area are invited, social centers, our young graduates… A bit like the traditional Nivesse challenge, which brings together some 850 girls from CM1 to sixth grade every year, the club will be able to promote itself again here. And why not, attract new rugby players…
To finish on a climax, on the pre-Armentiérois, a roster of local players will oppose the Watford club, which is celebrating its fiftieth anniversary and chaired by Sir Elton John himself! An encounter that, according to the specialists, should be in balance, the two formations evolve more or less on the same level and which should bring together a lot of beautiful people in the stands. ” There will be many personalities for surelaughs Jean-Louis Merten. Including many former internationals… »
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