Emirates Airline Aubai Rugby Sevens day celebrates launch of partner schools programme

Nov 19, 2014

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Published on 19/11/2014
  • A total of 17 schools and over 5,000 children are participating in the programme
  • Initiative seeks to create a rugby legacy by developing rugby in schools, promote active lifestyles and encourage healthy living

November 19 2014; Dubai, UAE: The Emirates Airline Dubai Rugby Sevens celebrated the official launch of the Partner Schools Programme on Tuesday, as over 5000 students from 17 schools across three Emirates participated in the first-ever Emirates Airline Dubai Rugby Sevens Day.

Schools across the UAE have been invited to participate in the programme, which was developed to create a legacy from the Emirates Airline Dubai Rugby Sevens, by motivating children to get involved in sports, including rugby; promote active lifestyles; and encourage healthy living. The programme is implemented through a range of academic and sporting activities related to the event which the children have the opportunity to participate in.

Children in Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Sharjah will be using the programme resources to learn about rugby, and about the nations participating in the event. The resources provided to Partner Schools include the ‘Schools’ Rugby Workbook’, the fun ‘Adopt A Nation’ exercise and the creative ‘Design A Kit’ competition. Thousands of children have already played the Emirates Airline Dubai Rugby Sevens Passing Challenge which has been visiting schools with Sabaa the mascot.  Schools who participate in the programme are also invited to an exclusive Kids’ Day at the event, and are acknowledged with a certificate.

And to generate further excitement and interest in the event, children are also able to learn the official Dubai Sevens 2014 Dance, which has been choreographed by the hugely popular Aggreko Dynamos Cheerleaders, who will again fly in from Australia to entertain the crowds at the event.  But the dance isn’t just for the children, everybody is being invited to learn the moves by clicking on http://bit.ly/Dubai7sdance so they can join in at the Sevens.

Teachers from a select group of schools were a part of the focus group that contributed ideas for the programme, and two of the focus group members’ schools were visited as part of the official launch of the Emirates Airline Dubai Rugby Sevens Day.

Speaking about his school’s involvement, one of the focus group members, David Bell, the Head of Boys’ Sport – Physical Education Department and Photography at the Jumeirah Primary School, said: “Being a part of this programme has been fantastic for everyone – from the children to the staff. It has encouraged a lot of our kids to take up rugby and to come along and support the event too.”

Another focus group member, Mandy Robinson, a PE Teacher at the GEMS Royal Dubai School, said: “We’re a new school to rugby and are developing it fast, especially for the girls. The Emirates Airline Dubai Rugby Sevens is a great inspiration for not just the boys but the girls as well. So trying to involve them as a part of Dubai’s sporting history and legacy is exciting, and it’s been great for all of us.”

After the resounding success of the inaugural Emirates Airline Dubai Rugby Sevens Day, the organisers are now setting their sights higher and looking to grow and develop the programme. Donal Kilalea, the Tournament Commercial and Site Operations Manager of the Emirates Airline Dubai Rugby Sevens, said: “The Emirates Airline Dubai Rugby Sevens Day is the first big step towards creating a legacy for the event by creating awareness at the grassroots-level. We would like to thank all the schools for embracing this programme wholeheartedly, and are looking to make it a regular annual feature that will get bigger and better each year.”  

For all the information on the event and tickets, go to www.dubairugby7s.com.

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