The Centrale 7 organization was founded in 2004 by students of the Ecole Centrale Paris. They weren’t many but they all shared a strong rugby spirit. They were helped by Xavier Pujos, the school rugby team’s coach who had many contacts and a great rugby experience. The first Centrale Sevens edition took place in 2005 and it was already a fantastic preview of the tournament’s future success and spirit. Teams from other countries were already invited, such as Roma, Loughborough and Oxford University, the latter participating at almost every edition ever since.
Year after year, the organization became bigger and more and more students took part in this fantastic two-year experience. As the tournament gained prominence in the rugby world, a lot of teams from all around the world decided to participate and the overall level of the tournament increased. Every team we have hosted has always wanted to come back the following year. In fact, this tournament isn’t only about playing rugby, it’s also about meeting people from all around the world, and sharing different cultures around the rugby spirit.
In 2012, the idea of organising an event dedicated to the students of other “Grandes Ecoles” came up, it was the birth of the Sev’Ent. Students from the top french engineering and business schools meet with our partners in a job forum, and then face each other in a 7’s rugby tournament.
Inside the Centrale 7 organization, we share a lot of values : friendship, professionalism, solidarity, respect and trust. We try to spread these values with every person taking part in our events, even though we know that all the participating teams are used to them.
Still, some people discover the wonderful sport of rugby during our events, and this is why we try to make them experience it fully, starting with the most important element : its incredible spirit!