malaga. After ten years the Malaga Rugby Club has returned to a national category, the Centro-Sur group of the Division of Honour B, structured in three, and the Costa del Sol club will now share it with others from Madrid, Cáceres and Andalucía. Among them is another local club, El Trocadero (Marbella), although CR Malaga has a very different philosophy: it plans to focus on bringing on its young players.
The CR Malaga has about 250 members, with a senior team, a senior B team and the youth team, which has seven categories (under-18, under-16, under-14, under-12,under-10, under-8 and under-6), which try to compete with the same system of play. Their move up to the Division of Honour B will undoubtedly result in economic growth and attract more support.
Pedro Cabrera, who has been president of the club for seven years, says any team which wants to play in this Division needs about 45,000 euros to pay for trips to play their rivals. This is an amateur team and even the youngest players have to pay a fee. However, it is worth it: "Our philosophy is that if we want to strengthen the club, we need to focus on the youngsters," he says. The club, which doesn't rule out the possibility of sponsorship for its new project, also needs facilities. Thanks to Malaga council, it can use the university sports complex to train and compete for a certain number of hours, but the pitch is currently out of use after being reseeded. They have, however, now begun discussing the possibility of a piece of land in Soliva being prepared as a rugby pitch in the future.