New Deal for Marbella Rugby Club

Marbella Rugby Club announced Grupo Trocadero as its main sponsors at a press conference this week. The four-year deal means that Groupo Trocadero, which owns three beach restaurants in Marbella and a fourth in Sotogrande, will sponsor all of the teams, and that the club will be known as Trocadero Marbella Rugby Club.

Also present at the press conference at the restaurant Trocadero Arena was Marbella mayor Jose Bernal, who stressed how important rugby was in raising the town's profile in the Spanish sports scene.

Marbella Rugby Club enjoyed a hugely successful season in 2014/15, finishing top of the Andulcian league, and the club's junior teams have run out Spanish champions at several levels in recent years. Players have gone to play professionally, as well as represent Spain and England at junior levels.

Club President Francisco Garcia Caro said that the ultimate aim of Trocadero Marbella Rugby Club was to gain promotion to the national league. The sponsorship deal marked a new era for the club, a view that was underlined by the announcement that the club will be working with Victory Sports, a sports marketing company that represents the Spanish National Rugby Federation and has previous secured sponsorship deals with Heineken and Orange.

The 2015/2106 season begins in October, with  Trocadero Marbella Rugby Club once again aiming to be champions of Andalucia.

Feeding Lives

Marbella may be a byword for luxury and wealth, but a charity organisation cares for the less fortunate. Ser Humano, now in its fifth year provides healthy meals for those on very low incomes, as well as giving them theopportunity to enjoy a hot shower and clean and iron their clothes.

The charity operates out of offices donated by the Town Hall in the Miraflores district, one of Marbella's poorest areas, as well as San Pedro Alcantara.  Providing food daily for 400 people, half of them children, director Ana Garido explained that Ser Humano offers offers breakfast and lunch as well as a packed lunch for schoolchildren. People can eat in the canteen at the offices, or collect precooked food to be taken home. In addition the charity also delivers food to the elderly or disabled at their homes.

It was scorching on the summer day that I visited. at the same time that Masons from Gemini Lodge 51 in Calahonda were donating €1200 that they had raised for food, clothing and other supplies that the charity needs.

In the kitchen the volenteer cooks were busy preparing the lunch menu, seemingly oblivious to the heat, while people patiently queued for their food. There was a cross section of people, from women carrying children to elderly men quietly eating their food.

"We have all nationalites and types of people here" explained Ana "because Marbella is like that. People come to us through the social services, health clinics, the Red Cross and others".

Ana showed us around the facilities including the  men's and women's showers, the huge walk in fridges, laundry room and lastly the colourful children's playroom.

"We have been providing food for those who need it since 2010. And donations like today's are vitally important because of the economic situation." Ana told me "But all are welcome here and we try to help everyone."

To make a donation or provide food and other goods call

951 216 602 email

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