The BOPB Academy aims to train professional rugby players the best of which will be integrated into the professional team.
A player enrolled in the BOPB Academy has a double project: to become a professional player and to go to a school, university or professional training to ensure life after a rugby career.
The Academy makes school one of its priorities, so that players, in case of failure and/or post-career concerns, can have real opportunities for professional integration.
In order to be as effective as possible, the Academy delegates by convention all the management of the academic, professional and academic training of its trainees to an association specialized in the field of training: the Basque Academy of Sports (ABS). It is an original model in french rugby, wanted by the Biarritz Olympique Pays Basque which is one of the founding members of the ABS.
When the players joins the Academy, a teamwork makes it possible to define with him what will be his training course. The director of the Academy validates every year his educational objective of the season.
The Basque Academy of Sport will then put in place all the means necessary for the player to achieve his goal; it will now benefit from the ABS teaching team of a permanent, fully personalized support. A regular point is made with the director of the Training Center: in case of problems, corrective measures are triggered (support courses, reorganization of schedules, etc.)
This true partnership with the ABS allows the Academy to benefit permanently from all the necessary skills and from a whole network with the different educational establishments, all factors essential to the success of the academic project of each young player.
The Academy in figures :
• 28 players at the Academy, season 2018/2019 (17 in 2017/2018)
• 5th Academy in the 2016/2017 national ranking and 3rd Academy in the PROD2 ranking (pending final results)
• 35 professional contracts signed in 11 seasons (including 27 at BOPB)
• 80 national selections:
⁃ 3 in France U
⁃ 26 in U20
⁃ 21 in U19
⁃ 16 in U18
⁃ 3 in France 7 and development: Barraque, 2011/2012, Cairo 2017/2018, Bungaroo 2017/2018
⁃ 6 in foreign national teams (4 Spain: Ayestaran 2009/2010, Goia 2014/2015, Usarraga - Dallery 2015/2016, 1 Portugal Dos Santos 2014 / 2015,1 Ireland: Donnelan 2014/15)
⁃ 5 XV de France : Lauret 2009/2010; Lakafia 2010/2011; Watremez and Guyot 2011/2012; Thomas 2014/2015 of which 2 are still playing for France (Lauret and Thomas).
• 31 of the 79 selections were effective when they were at the Academy
• 6,300 minutes played but 13 out of 17 players during the 2017-2018 season.
• 88% academic success for the 2017/2018 season (pending final results)
• 8 players are still at the club in 2018/2019: CHAMBORD, DACHARY, GIMENEZ, LOURDELET, LUCU X, LUCU M, SINGER, and USARRAGA.
• 31 players passed by the club since 2008 still play in 2017/2018 in PROD2, TOP14 or France 7 :
1. Ilikena BOLAKORO / 2006-2009 / Clubs : Colomiers-Angoulême-Nevers
2. Remi HUGUES / 2006-2008 / Clubs : BOPB-Dax-Grenoble-Mont de Marsan
3. César DAMIANI / 2008-2009 / Clubs : BOPB-St Etienne-Albi-Mont de Marsan
4. Charles GIMENEZ / 2009-2010 / Club : BOPB
5. Adrien AYESTARAN / 2007-2010 / Clubs : BOPB-Périgueux-Angoulême
6. Yvan WATREMEZ / 2008-2011 / Clubs : BOPB-Montpellier
7. Jean Baptiste ROIDOT / 2006-2011 / Clubs : BOPB-Carcassonne-Agen -Carcassonne
8. Wenceslas LAURET / 2007-2011 / Clubs : BOPB-Racing 92
9. Raphael LAKAFIA / 2009-2011 / Clubs : BOPB-St Français-Toulon
10. Benjamin GELEDAN / 2008-2011 / Clubs : La Rochelle-Oyonnax
11. Ximun LUCU / 2009-2011 / Clubs : Mont de Marsan- BOPB
12. Jean Pascal BARRAQUE / 2009-2012 /Clubs : BOPB-Toulouse-La Rochelle-France 7
13. Talalai GRAY / 2011-2012 / Clubs : BOPB -WARATAHS-St Toulousain – Stade Français
14. Yann LESGOURGUES / 2008-2013 / Clubs : BOPB-UBB
15. Mathias MARIE / 2010-2014 / Clubs : BOPB-FC Grenoble-AS Béziers
16. Teddy THOMAS / 2011-2014 / Club : RACING 92
17. Addison LOCKLEY / 2012-2014 / Clubs : Tarbes - Provence Rugby
18. Johann LOURDELET / 2013-2014 / Club : BOPB
19. Tim GIRESSE / 2013-2014 / Clubs : BOPB- Oyonnax
20. Maxime LUCU / 2014-2015 / Club : BOPB
21. Alban PLACINES / 2011-2015 / Club : BOPB – Stade Toulousain
22. Romain RUFFENACH / 2011-2015 / Clubs : BOPB-Montpellier
23. Geoffrey SELLA / 2013-2015 / Club : Massy
24. Kylan HAMDAOUI / 2014-2016 / Clubs : BOPB-St Français
25. Alexandre ROUMAT / 2015-2017 / Club : UBB
26. Asier USARRAGA / 2014-2017 / Club : Albi - BOPB
27. Jean Baptiste SINGER / 2016 -2017 / Club : BOPB
28. Ronan CHAMBORD / 2016-2017 / Club : BOPB
29. Yohan LEBOURHIS / 2014-2017 / Club : Castres
30. Alex ARRATE / 2014 -2018 / Club : St Français
31. Théo DACHARY / 2015-2018 / Club : BOPB
To thank the volunteers of Biarritz Olympique Pays Basque for their investment throughout the season, a cocktail was organized this Thursday, January 31 at 19:00 at the Grand Salon Serge Kampf.
This time, the roles were reversed, and it was the BOPB players and employees who were at the service of the volunteers.
Program of the evening: paella, Basque songs and pastry competitions!
A good moment for the big family of Biarritz Olympique Pays Basque.
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