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Jyväskylä’s calling rugby players from all over the world to compete in this unique tournament in the heart of Finland! Snow Rugby 2018 is organised in the heart of Jyväskylä. The pitches will be located at Urban Outdoor Centre Laajis in Laajavuori. Come enjoy a full day of intense rugby in a great atmosphere!
The games will be held on Saturday 10th of March, with first games kicking off at 9.20 and the men’s final closing the day with 16.40 kick off. You can check the full game schedule from here!
After the games all the players, coaches, referees and spectators are warmly welcome to enjoy a closing ceremony and dinner with amazing rugby people at Club Escape. Great things!
History in very short
Jyväskylä Rugby Club has been the host for this venue since 2002. The very first Jyväskylä 7’s Snow Rugby Tournaments were played on the ice of Lake Jyväsjärvi. Past years’ participants include players from Luxembourg, Wales,Ireland, Sweden and Italy. In recent years, the tournament has been played on pitches located at Vehkalampi and in the Hippos and Lutakko Square.
In 2017, at the end, we took the Games back to Laajis, Urban Outdoors Center located at Laajavuori. We are very happy to work with them again this year and the venue will be amazing! Full day of rugby is now spiced up with sauna, hot tub with a view to the pitch, restaurants, Laajis spirit and maybe some chances to see downhill skating too.
Right, so how am I getting there?
Laajis is offering a great venue for our games. The location is about 5 km away from Hotel Alba, sauna and city center. Bus line 25 drives by city center and Laajis every half an hour so we would recommend using that.
We can also use Laajis parking slot and Laajis camping parking slot. Just please do not forget to put your parking disc on sight. They are ten hour spots. There are plenty of free parking spaces next to Hotel Alba as well as in the city center (e.g. the slot next to shopping center Forum is free on weekends).
The most important stuff: Food, drink and sauna
The sausages are free, yes. There is a restaurant with full rights right next to the pitches. Did we already mention the sausages?
You know what’s best? We have saunas that will be on ALL DAY. And also a hot tub. Yes. This is true. So bring your mankini, bikini, or any possible suit you wish to wear. For most, this is probably nothing.
The sauna at Hotel Alba is also available for all the visitors. We do recommend the ice bathing.
We are happy to announce that there is SNOW. Actual, real SNOW. The pitches will be about 20mx45m in size and very good for snow rugby.
What would be a better way to spend a winter’s day than enjoying rugby in a great company in a cool, fresh air? So sign up your team today and get ready for an unforgettable day in March 2018!
Welcome! Looking forward to a great tournament and sending you all the best from Jyväskylä,
© Chris Denholm