Dubai Duty Free will continue as the official sponsor of the UAE Rugby Referees and all Match Officials through to the 2017/2018 UAE Rugby season. This support enables the UAE Rugby Referees to strengthen their standing as leaders within Asia Rugby through regional referee development and exchange programme.
Renewed support of UAE Rugby Referees
Dubai Duty Free, the world’s leading single airport retailer, has renewed its support of the UAE Rugby’s Referees Society for a further three-years through to, and including, the 2017/2018 season. The agreement names Dubai Duty Free as the Federation’s Official Sponsor of UAE Rugby Referees and Match Officials.
As well as prominent positioning on the referees kit and working on UAE-based referee development, an important aspect of the sponsorship allows the UAE Rugby Referees Society to invest and position themselves as a training and development leader within Asia Rugby.
An integral referee development programme is the Referee Development Weekend that took place earlier this year on January 21 through 23, in the UAE, where nine referees from neighbouring unions; Nepal, Sri Lanka, Jordan, Malaysia, China (2), India (2) and Uzbekistan, were hosted and where a core team of UAE Referees, consisting of Clare Shryane, Clare Daniels, Steve Leyshon and Stan Wright facilitated a three-day development programme on the fundamentals of rugby, assistant and tournament refereeing, fitness, working within a team and managing advice and input. Each of these components are designed to grow the referee/match official to being more effective and efficient at Union level while focusing on and working toward representation at international level, such as the World Rugby sanctioned Dubai Rugby 7’s tournament.
“Dubai Duty Free’s commitment to, and relationships with numerous local and international sporting events, and governing bodies is widely recognised” stated Colm McLoughlin Executive Vice Chairman, Dubai Duty Free. “We continue to be encouraged by the steps the Federation and the Referees Society take to develop, and instil best practices in those individuals who officiate over the game at a local, regional and international level.”
“The Board are very proud of the commitment to the game and compliment our UAE Rugby Referees for their initiatives and leadership. UAE Rugby was very pleased with the attendance from our neighbouring unions at our recent programme, and it was shared that the facilitators saw quantifiable development, which will only benefit the way the game is overseen and played across Asia’s unions. We sincerely thank Dubai Duty Free for their ongoing support of our efforts in managing and officiating the game of rugby here and abroad” said UAE Rugby Secretary General Qais Al Dhalai.
Dubai Duty Free’s support will see UAE Rugby’s Referees and Match Officials continue their development through attendance at regular IRB accredited workshops and courses, develop skills through officiating over West Asia Cross Borders rugby, as well as participate in and facilitate referee exchanges and development programmes. The Dubai Duty Free logo will have prominent positioning on the Referees and March Officials kit.