Enjoy the Berlin summer sun and some rugby...what more could you want?!
The FLINTA* Rugby Weekend is designed to be a combination of rugby skills clinics, full contact 7s and touch rugby games (following official touch rules). Based on interest, we will also organize 10s/12s/15s games.
Are you a coach and interested in leading a skills clinic? Please
In addition to the skills and games, we would like to use this as an opportunity to share our knowledge as FLINTA* people in sports. We hope to strengthen our community and build a powerful network of rugby players across Europe.
We're still sorting out the details but here's our provisional schedule:
Friday August 11th - (Optional) Welcome and Registration
Saturday August 12th - Rugby Skills Clinic and Games
Sunday August 13th - Final Skills Tuneup and Rugby Games
Monday August 14th - (Optional) Farewell Picnic
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WHat is this weekend for?
What is FLINTA*?
FLINTA* is a German acronym that stands for Frauen, Lesben, Inter, Non-Binary, Trans und Agender* or Women, Lesbians, Inter, Non-Binary, Trans and Agender* people.
It is an attempt to find a term for the group of people who aren't cis men and who are historically discriminated against under the patriarchy.
WHY A FLINTA* TOURNAMENT?
Many tournaments are either for men or women and often don't make room for trans and gender-nonconforming people.
This tournament is in part a response to the bans on trans women playing full-contact rugby in several countries and therefore has an emphasis on providing a space for trans and gender-nonconforming people. A place to play without restrictions, invasive questions or other discomforts.
But this event is also about queer joy! You can expect a safe and fun space to play rugby alongside like-minded people.
WhO IS THIS FOR?
This tournament is open to all rugby players who identify as part of the FLINTA* community. We will prioritize the participation of trans and gender-nonconforming players, and their teams, who are currently unable to play in their home countries due to their governing rugby bodies' regulations.
We will also prioritize the participation of other specifically FLINTA* teams and teams which are members of IGR.
Don't have a team or your team isn't coming?
Don't worry! Complete the form below and we'll find a space for you.
WHERE ARE THE GAMES?
HOW TO GET THERE
Getting to Berlin:
Berlin Brandenburg Airport (BER) is where you should fly to. There are daily flights to most major European cities. Once you land, you can take the Flughafen Express (FEX) to the city center. It stops at Ostkreuz, Gesundbrunnen and Hauptbahnhof (Central Station).
Most ICE trains connect Berlin to Germany's other major cities as well as some in Belgium, the Netherlands and Switzerland. Depending on where you are staying trains will go to Hauptbahnhof (Central Station), Ostkreuz, Sudkreuz and Ostbahnhof. From any of these stations, you can connect with Berlin's public transport network that operates 24 hours a day on the weekend.
Flixbus operate a service that connects Berlin to cities around Europe. It can take you to a number of locations around Berlin including Sudkreuz, Alt-Tegel and Alexanderplatz. From any of these locations, you can connect with Berlin's local public transport.
There are a number of different ways to reach Berlin by car. The Berlin Senate website can provide information based on where you are coming from.
How to get to the pitches:
The closest station to the pitches is U Jakob-Kaiser-Platz. The U7 will take you here from the city center. The station is around a 20-minute walk from the pitches. Alternatively, you can take the 123 bus, heading towards Mäckeritzwiesen, six stops. You would need to get off at Mäckeritzbrücke.
The 123 bus heading towards Mäckeritzwiesen is the closest to the pitches. If you are coming from the city center we recommend taking the U-Bahn. It's the same price as the bus and takes a fraction of the time.
Parking is limited at the pitches and there may be a charge to park. Head towards Sportanlage Jungfernheide, Jungfernheideweg 70, 13629. If have special circumstances that mean you require parking, please let us know.
WHERE CAN WE STAY?
Games will be taking place Sportanlage Jungfernheide, so we recommend you look for accommodation in the West or center of the city. Here are some recommendations:
Holiday INN BERLIN CITY WEST
Amstel House Hostel
CampCity Nord HOTEL
This low-cost option is close
to the pitch.
You can find out more
about it here.
Looking for something more affordable? We're also organizing stays with Bruisers club members upon request. Let us know in the interest form.
Can I come along if I've never played rugby before?Absolutely. The Intro to Rugby sessions are for everyone, regardless of experience, ability, body type, sexual orientation or gender identity. We believe rugby is a game for all and the purpose of these sessions is to introduce you to the team and the game we love.
What do I need to bring?The most important things is a can-do attitude. However, we'd also suggest some good running shoes (we're not expecting you to have rugby boots quite yet), a bottle of water, snacks in case you get hungry and a hand towel in case you get sweaty. Templehofer Feld can get quite muddy so we suggest you don't bring anything you don't want to get dirty.
Do I need a mouthguard?Rugby can be played in many different ways. During the Intro To Rugby sessions we play touch rugby, which is low contact. That means you won’t be tackled. After the Intro to Rugby, you can join our league teams (Men's* and FLINTA*), which do full contact tackling and require a mouthguard or our touch Rugby Team (for all Genders) which does not.
Do I need specific insurance to play rugby?The Bruisers are insured through the Landessportbund (Haftpflichtversicherung und Unfallversicherung), but this only for serious injuries. For all other injuries, you have to have your own German health insurance. Taking part in rugby is something you do at your own risk, so you should take any additional precautions you feel suit your own personal needs.