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Dubai Sevens launches schools programme

Initiative promotes active and healthy lifestyle

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Tom Kingston from Australia in action playing against the players from Fiji, during the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series at The Sevens, Dubai.
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Dubai: The Emirates Airline Dubai Rugby Sevens is launching the Partner Schools Programme tomorrow with its first school visit to GEMS Royal Dubai School. Over 3000 students from 15 schools across two Emirates are expected to participate in the programme which encourages involvement in sport and leading a healthy lifestyle.

Every year, schools across the UAE are invited to participate in the programme which was launched to create a legacy from the Emirates Airline Dubai Rugby Sevens. The programme motivates children to get involved in rugby, promote active lifestyles, encourage healthy living and learn about the various nations participating at this year’s event, all of this is implemented through a range of academic and sporting activities at each school.

The resources provided include the ‘Schools’ Rugby Workbook’, the fun ‘Adopt A Nation’ exercise and the creative ‘Design A Kit’ competition as well as the popular Passing Challenge with Sabaa the mascot.

Donal Kilalea, tournament commercial and operations manager said: “Every year we endeavour to create awareness of the game at the grassroots level in a fun and engaging manner. We would like to help children understand the importance of sports and a healthy lifestyle as well as create a sense of belonging by learning about the different nations taking part at this year’s event. We would like to thank all participating schools and we look forward to visiting you in the next few weeks.”

Organisers are encouraging ticket purchase in advance, saving money in the process. Tickets are available online at or at Emirates Group Headquarters, dnata Travel Stores, Go Sport and Park n Shop.

Entrance is free on the Thursday, but tickets for Friday and Saturday are Dh300 in advance or Dh400 on the day. Or you can buy season tickets for both days at a cost of Dh500 in advance or Dh600 on the day. Children under 12 go free.

Special reserved seating and hospitality packages are available at And in a special offer this year, Emirates Skywards Members can redeem tickets for the event using their Miles; members should visit the Sports and Culture section of Skywards at to avail this offer.

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