Yves Jadoul: “The Pasteur Athlétique Club is a source of pride for the French community”

Passionate about rugby, Yves Jadoul and his teammates have worked for many years to bring rugby to life in São Paulo and Brazil. After leaving Belgium in 1969, Yves Jadoul studied at the Lycée Pasteur and played rugby all his youth, and a little more, wearing the colors of the overseas Francophonie. Founder of the Pasteur High School Alumni Association and vice president of French Charity in São Paulo, he was involved with others in the restructuring of the Pasteur Athletic Club.

History of the Club Pastor Atlético de São Paulo, the “Pastor”

Rugby at the Lycée Pasteur in the Mairinque unit began between 1962 and 1964, bringing together French-speaking players, when the building on Rua Vergueiro had not yet been built.

At that time, there were already small regular tournaments organized between clubs and schools of European origin, in São Paulo, the English club SPAC, St Paul’s college, the French institute (Lycée Pasteur) and in Rio de Janeiro the Niterói and Rio Cricket.

The team of the Lycée Pasteur in the field of Mairinque in 1964

Rugby evolved a lot in Brazil in the 1970s. At that time, the club was called “le Pasteur” or “Pasteur” and was a champion several times in those terms. , Chilean and Japanese have also created a strong dynamic for its development.At that time, the Rooster (Or “Rooster”) was chosen as a symbol of the “Shepherd” and keeps it to this day, with many evolutions, like the “Galinhos” (the Little Ones), the “Cookies” (females) (player). It was in 1986 that the Pasteur Athlétique Club was founded in 1986 by Mr. Taulère, who was the first president of the club, Me Jean François Teisseire as vice president, Zakarias Nahas as treasurer and many others.

The rooster is also a symbol of concentration, the crest of the rooster, putting his hand upright on his head and shouting “Va Pasteur”!

Until the mid-1980s, the Club Pasteur Athlétique was essentially French-speaking, in which only former male students participated. But these students go to university, leave the country, get married and for almost 20 years, Le Pasteur Athlétique Club was taken over by Brazilian players. Despite the progressive distancing of the French community and its founding players, the club has maintained its aura, absorbing players from Brazilian clubs or schools who no longer had any structure or desire to support this sport … unknown to the large audience.

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The rooster crest and the cry of concentration: Go Pasteur!

The 2000s: a new dynamic for the “Pasteur”

It was in 2008 that a group of “Pasteur” players, led by Pliny Nascimento, contacted me to train on the field of the Mairinque unit. Then I contacted Pedro Kassab, who was still the general manager of the Lycée Pasteur and who had already opened its doors to us in the 1970s. When he explained the situation to him, he did not hesitate to make the ground available. It was the beginning of a new beginning. To pay tribute to Pedro Kassab, a stage of the Poussins team’s São Paulo tournament is dedicated to him every year in October. Also, this tournament was originally organized by a great founding pillar of the “Pastor”, Emmanuel Armagnat, long “missionary” of the youth of the “Pastor”, a French citizen who sowed the good in various parts of Brazil.

In 2016, for the first time, rugby entered the Olympics. Once again, a former “Pastor”, Jean-Marc Etlin, contributed greatly to the greatness of Brazilian rugby by investing time, money and management skills in the restructuring of the CBRU-Brazilian Rugby Confederation. With his professional rigor and government, in the same year, another former “Pastor”, Laurent Girault, began to gather the elders in order to “take out the coconut tree”!

Then the dynamic is created to project “Pasteur” and French rugby in Brazil, helping to recreate a link between the French community and Brazilian rugby players.

The rooster had to be closer to the Pasteur Institute and we understood then that rugby in Brazil was fit for professionalism. And to have a strong club you need money, skill, organization and government.

2019: Restructuring of the Athletic Pastor club

There are currently tax regimes (Sports Incentive Law) in the state of São Paulo and at the federal level that allow companies and individuals to allocate part of their taxes to teams with a solid sports development project and approved by state sports authorities. Thanks to these government mechanisms, for the past 4 years, the “Pastor” has benefited from the help of companies, which allows the use of financial means to pay the costs of the best coaches, transportation costs, accounting, staff for the physical preparation of the players, etc.

The French community and companies have contributed a lot to the “Pasteur”. This represents high amounts and the club leaders assume their civil liability if there are accounting, tax and legal errors and embezzlement. Thus, the Pasteur Athlétique club has become very professional and has become very attractive to companies; that doesn’t mean players make money like brazilian footballers! This makes it possible to do beautiful things, as with these young people who train. The club has 130 young people and there is room for more.

It has become a big family; the French community can be proud to know that there is a trace of their activity that is recognized and appreciated by all rugby in Brazil.

How does Athletic Pastor Club and rugby work in Brazil?

Rugby in Brazil follows the rules of the World Rugby Federation. There are federations by state, especially in São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Paraná, Santa Catarina, Rio Grande do Sul and Bahia. The federation organizes tournaments in the state of São Paulo and national. Brazil also participates in international tournaments, including the South American tournament where Brazil plays against Argentina, Uruguay, Paraguay and Chile. Athletic Club players also play for the Brazilian national team. The Brazilian women’s rugby team, the Yaras, is the South American champion.

To understand today’s Brazilian rugby, it should be noted that it is no longer a sport practiced by a handful of people of European descent, but a sport practiced mainly by players recruited or proposed, from an early age, by social organizations present in disadvantaged environments. . The “Pastor” has been collaborating for a long time with Arca do Saber, Arca do Crescer and Arca do Saber, financing weekly the transport and training of children in the field of the Mairinque unit.

For young girls and boys, pre-teens and teenagers, a former player of “Pastor” Mauricio Draghi, a true social missionary, has structured an important association in the favela of Paraisópolis, “Rugby para Todos”.

The “Pastor” also welcomes young people from the “Rugby para Todos” association, who require great organization and responsibility when traveling from home to Mairinque or to tournaments, for food, etc.

The “Pastor” is made up of a Board of Directors (all volunteers), an Executive Board (only the CEO is paid very symbolically) and different operating departments made up of paid and / or volunteer people. The “Pasteur” welcomes different groups of players of all ages: (1) Children from 3 to 13 years, (2) Male youth from 14 to 19 years, (3) Female youth from 14 to 19 years, (4) Male adult from 19 years, (5) Juvenile female from 19 years and (6) Master Male (no female team yet) and the “old Pasteur” which are in 3 or 4 times a year.

Every Saturday, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Mairinque High School, there is a great friendship for young people who want to play rugby, from 3 to 19 years old. The football field is transformed and squared according to the ages.

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Yves Jadoul, Claudinho and two young people from the Pasteur Athlétique Club / Vincent Bosson

Strong men for the future of rugby in Brazil

In addition to the people already mentioned, there are countless friends, supporters, former students of the Lycée Pasteur, former players of the “Pasteur”, who have worked hard for the association and rugby. Claudio Franceschini, nicknamed “Claudinho”, our CEO, THE real axis of the club; Lucien Bellemont, a former high school student, current chairman of the Board of Directors who was captain and chairman of the “Pasteur” for a long time, in the 80s and 90s; Jean-Luc Jadoul, a graduate of the Lycée, long captain of the “Pasteur” in the glory days of the 70’s and 80’s, who was president of the Brazilian Rugby Confederation, called “the captain” and currently in charge of marketing and captures financial; Laurent Girault, known as “the locomotive” and the former consul of France in São Paulo, Brieuc Pont, (also a former student of the Lycée), worked hard to make the future Grand Lycée have a real rugby field, at the height. organizations, thus being able to host national and international tournaments and make rugby an excellent French business card in São Paulo, a source of pride that unites education, sport, rugby and ethics.

Much has been done, but much remains to be done to promote rugby and allow the formation of groups of supporters clubs that do not yet exist in Brazil. The Pasteur Athlétique Club owes its origin to rugby, but it could be a more friendly platform and sports integration for the French community and the Francophonie, creating bridges to the members of the France-Brazil Chamber of Commerce, to the structures diplomatic, towards Benevolence. Association towards other modalities such as cycling, marathons, sailing, etc.

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