As a rugby player with fifteen years’ pitch experience, my involvement in the life of UTC team was an obvious choice. As early as my second semester at the school, a friend, Hadrien Gleyze, and I took the reins of the team as co-captains, an adventure that we undertook with determination and self-reliance.
At UTC, we value learning through first-hand experience and our mission is not limited to that of mere ‘player-leaders’.
Managing a university rugby team is a major undertaking, involving the organisation of matches (forward planning, booking of pitches, travel logistics, etc.), as well as managing the administrative aspects that go hand in hand with running a sports club: such as licences, equipment orders and creating events. This complex task requires interaction with many players, such as the Fédération Française du Sport Universitaire (FFSU), Compiegne’s town hall and the UTC sports hall.
Hadrien and I also tried to bring our personal touch to the team. Thanks to the financial support of UTC, we were able to acquire new game shirts for our team. In collaboration with the French sports brand JICEGA, we came up with the design. We would like to express our gratitude to this company for its invaluable support. At Compiegne, we also approached local partners, who generously contributed by donating tank tops to all our team members.
These activities, although time-consuming, are also extremely gratifying. Meeting the expectations of forty team-mates who are counting on you is an exceptional source of motivation. Our ultimate aim is to strengthen team cohesion by promoting the values that rugby cherishes, such as solidarity, conviviality and respect. Today, we’re not just a group of players, but a real ‘band of mates’, and that’s what makes us so strong. Our club is also fortunate to have a women’s team, with whom we share strong bonds of friendship.
After the difficult period marked by the Covid-19 pandemic, I’m extremely pleased with how far we’ve come. Everyone’s efforts have paid off, and our team is more motivated than ever, which is reflected on the pitch. We’re confident that this momentum will enable us to put in some fine performances at the Ovalies in early May.