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UAE Rugby to host IRB’s Get into Rugby programme

United Arab Emirates: Tuesday, May 07 - 2013 @ 10:45

Working with Regional Associations and Unions the programme is a key initiative to grow the game and increase player, coach and match official numbers world-wide leading into the 2016 Olympic Games (in Rio de Janeiro) and beyond.

Designed to educate and provide training resources for teachers, youth leaders and coaches the programme consists of 3 phases; Try – introduce boys and girls to the principles of Rugby, Play – develop players’ skills building their game understanding and experience, and Stay – keep players in the game for life and benefit from a healthier, fitter lifestyle.

Simon Jones, IRB’s Trainer of Coach Educators, will tutor the courses with the first session on Wednesday May 8th, 10am through to 1pm, at Al Wasl Sports Club Dubai where 24 female teachers and coaches have registered. Two further sessions will be held at Al Wasl Sports Club and Al Ain Rugby Club and there will be representatives from the Indian, Pakistan and Sri Lankan Unions also arriving to take part.

“This initiative by the IRB to recruit and keep more players into the game is greatly welcomed and we are honoured to assist the IRB and visiting Unions in their growth by hosting these sessions” said Mohammed Falaknaz, Chairman, UAE Rugby Federation “We are particularly delighted to see 24 female teachers registered for Wednesday’s session as girls rugby is a focus moving forward”.

IRB General Manager Development Morgan Buckley said: “It is exciting and encouraging that UAERF has decided to implement the IRB’s Get Into Rugby programme. Through this initiative, it is our aim to grow the Game of Rugby across the world in partnership with our Regional Associations and introduce people to the Game’s core values of integrity, respect, solidarity, passion and discipline which inspire millions of people to play.”

“This free-to-access mass participation programme is designed to assist IRB member Unions in growing the player base in their country. UAERF is showing great vision in deciding to pick up this programme and run with it. I have no doubt that it will help grow participation numbers across the UAE so that more and more people can be introduced to our great sport”.

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