Provale celebrated its twentieth anniversary on February 12, 2018. Twenty years of continuous fighting for the benefit of the players led by former and current players.
In 1995, some players had already thought about organizing the players to make their voices heard but it was only a few years later that the players created the
June 1st players elect Philipppe Saint-André as 1st Provale president. Board is made up of Emile Ntamack (G.S), Olivier Brouzet (treasurer), Patrick Barthélémy, Philippe Bernat-Salles, Philippe Farner, David Arrieta, Nicolas Yves, Laurent Cabannes, Laurent Bénézech and Sam Noui.
SNJR is set up. Jean-Marc Lhermet becomes the 1st president of SNJR. The executive committee is made up of Jean-Marc Lhermet (president), Emile Ntamack (1st vice-president), Jean-Michel Delgado (2nd vice-president), Pascal Valleau (G.S) and Rémi Trémoulet (treasurer).
The first meeting of the board. 2 main issues for
Players say “NO” to the LNR. Players reject the proposal of the LNR to change the format of the competition.
Serge Simon elected president of the player association. The executive board is made up of Fabien Pelous (vice-president), Franck Belot (treasurer), Marc Lièvremont (G.S), Eric Artiguste, Laurent Travini, Arnaud Vercruysse and Sylvain Deroeux.
Provale joins IRPA. IRPA is created 6 November 2001 in London. It regroups countries such as France, England, South Africa
First meeting with the sports agents. 10 December, a meeting is set up with the agents to discuss the important issues.
Signature of the charter for international players. This charter allows international players to benefit from social security rights for example.
“La quatrième mi-temps” Provale organizes the 1st ever trophy night which later will become “Nuit du rugby”.
Agence XV is set up. Jérôme Cazalbou becomes the 1st president. Agence XV’s aim is to help players with their dual career project. It’s
Collective agreement is signed. After a couple of months of intense
First unemployed player camp. The recent decrease in the number of professional clubs and the signature of the CBA encourage Provale to organize a camp for unemployed players.
1st team visits with
Sylvain Deroeux elected president. The board is made up of Fabien Pelous (1st vice-president), Serge Simon (2nd vice-president), Laurent Travini (G.S), Cyril Vancheri (treasurer), Mathieu Blin, Matthieu Lazerges, Matthieu Laporte, Emmanuel Amapakabo, Jérôme Thion, Pierre Rabadan, Gwendal Ollivier, Marc Fiorèse, Guy Jeannard, Patrice Teisseire, Jean-François Martin-Culet, Alain Lagouarge and Thomas Choveau.
The first study on rugby player’s transition. More than 300 players were surveyed and allowed Provale to do an in-depth analysis of the situation.
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Mathieu Blin is elected new Provale president. The board is made up of Julien Bonnaire (1st vice-president), Serge Simon (2nd vice-president), Laurent Travini (G.S), Cyril Vancheri (treasurer), Karim Ghézal, Matthieu Laporte, Robins Tchale Watchou, Pierre Rabadan, Gwendal Ollivier, Jérôme Carré, Rida Jaouher, Salim Tébani, Olivier Gargallo, Antoine Bourdin, Florian Ninard, Sylvain Marconnet and François Mounier.
1st mental health helpline is set up. CAPS (Centre d’Accompagnement et de Prévention des Sportifs) and Provale are working together to provide rugby players
Cyril Vancheri elected as president of Agence XV. The board is made up of Gaël Arandiga, Mathieu Blin, René Hourquet, Thierry Perez, Vérane Stefani, Jean-Patrick Boucheron, Patrick Wolf, Barnard Godet, Marcel Martin, Thierry Emin, Jean-Claude Skrela, Jérôme Carre, Pierre Rabadan and Jérôme Cazalbou.
First ever concussion protocol is finally in place. Following Provale requests, the system is now fully operational for all matches.
Serge Simon is elected president. The board is made up of Serge Betsen (1st vice-president), Robins Tchale Watchou (2nd vice-president), Olivier Gargallo (treasurer), Laurent Travini (G.S), Pierre Rabadan, Pascal Papé, Franck Belot, Florian Ninard, Cyril Vancheri, David Attoub, Karim Ghézal, Rida Jaouher, Gwendal Ollivier, Antoine Bourdin, Salim Tébani, Jérôme Carré and Vincent Deniau.
2 female players elected to Provale’s Board. Safi N’Diaye and Marie-Alice Yahé are the newly elected board member representing women players.
“Provale Solidarité” is set up. The aim of this entity is to help players suffering from financial difficulties at the end of their career.
Robins Tchale Watchou is elected president of Provale. The board is made up of Antoine Battut (vice-president), Pierre Rabadan (treasurer), Safi N’Diaye (G.S), Gaëlle Mignot (deputy treasurer), Matthew Clarkin (deputy G.S), Olivier Caisso, Laurent Baluc-Rittener, Tom Ecochard, Julien Candelon, David Attoub, Alexandre Ricaud and Serge Simon.
Robins Tchale Watchou is elected as President of Agence XV. The board is made up of Gaël Arandiga, Antoine Battut, Laurent Baluc-Rittener, Gaëlle Mignot, Bernard Godet, Christian Garnier, Alain Tingaud, Bruno Rolland, Marcel Martin
“Provale Formation” is launched. The aim of Provale formation is to help players with their dual career projects.
Dual career courses with TBS (Toulouse Business School). The BADGE training is officially starting
Potential strike around the Christmas games. Players do not agree with the format of competition around the Christmas break.
First team visit for top 8 players. 13 February 2018, set the date for the first ever team visit to a women’s team.
Provale publish the first ever working condition survey for women players. During the team visit, a survey was implemented and the results would help to shape the future of women in France with the support of both clubs and federation.
Players strongly oppose the new law that will increase the length of the first professional contract from 3 to 5 years. A couple of weeks after the players action, the law was amended and the proposal was withdrawn.
Caroline Drouin, first female player to receive a trophy for the best player of the year in the Elite 8. Provale pushed for women players to be included in the “nuit du rugby” and to receive a trophy. Caroline Drouin has made history for being the first female player to receive it.
Robins Tchale Watchou is reelected president of Provale. During the AGM that took place 7 January in Paris, Robins Tchale Watchou is reelected president of Provale for a 4 years term. Laurent Baluc Rittener who was also candidate felt short during the vote.
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