Dubai: UAE Rugby has formally started the search for a national Sevens coach, where interest in the role has extended beyond the domestic pitch and onto the international field.
"This is an excellent opportunity for the right person to work with committed players and an ambitious Union," said UAE Rugby CEO Ian Bremner.
"We will be looking at candidates that have high-performance Sevens playing or coaching experience combined with a sound understanding of how to develop players and teams."
The successful candidate will be assigned with two major objectives during his tenure. The first will be to build a strong Sevens side, which through participation in the Asian Rugby Sevens Series will have the chance to qualify for the Emirate's Airlines Dubai Rugby 7's in December, and the second to create a futures squad that will, as its name indicates, be the future of the game in the UAE.
One of UAE Rugby's mandates is to improve the standard of the Emirati player to a level where they will be selected on merit for national squads. With Emirati interest steadily growing in the game one such Emirati-focused development strategy is firmly in place.
"UAE Rugby has commenced a programme of ‘Sevens familiarisation' for Emirati players to enhance their skills and understanding of the game," explains Bremner.
This familiarisation programme forms a two-tiered approach aimed at grooming Emirati players for the National Sevens squad. The approach will see the formation of two squads, a UAE squad and the futures squad, who will train together but will pursue two different competition programmes.
"The three-year goal of the futures squad is to produce a competitive unit to play in the Asian Games in Incheon, Korea in 2014," Bremner claims.