RAK Rugby Club – 12 Months Of Hard Work
We caught up with Simon Williams, Chairman of RAK Rugby Club in Ras al Khaimah, to ask him about his setup there and whats been happening with the local rugby club over the last 12 months.
“The last year has been a great one for the club. We ended up getting the Fair Play Award from the UAE Rugby Federation, which really represented the year of hard work that we’ve put in.” said Williams.
Formerly known as the RAK Goats, and one of the oldest rugby clubs in the UAE, they started off in about 1969 and have gone through various transitions as a club.
At the beginning of the 2016 rugby season, with the help of their sponsors and the local rugby community, they were able to build their own rugby pitch and are the only club in the region to play on sand, which they look to use to their advantage when teams come to play fixtures there.
“We’ve got about 30 active rugby players up in Ras Al Khaimah now and we’re looking to build on that.”
Looking to build on their successful mid table finish of the 2016/17 campaign in the UAE Community league, they are looking to expand as a club and offer womens rugby.
Most recently they have started a mini & youth section at the tail end of the rugby season and will be looking forward to the start of the 2017/18 campaign to have a kids rugby team which will be able to compete with the other hugely popular grass roots rugby teams in the United Arab Emirates.
“Lots and lots of really good stuff happening at the moment and we’re really looking to push the club forward.”