UAE Rugby’s Van Rooyen lands a new role in Asia
He’s tasked with helping introduce rugby to one million new players
UAE Rugby Federation’s regional development officer Ben van Rooyen has been appointed Asia Rugby’s ‘Get into Rugby Coordinator’ on a six-month contract starting on May 1.
Van Rooyen’s primary task will be to oversee the implementation of World Rugby’s Get into Rugby (GiR) programme among Asia Rugby union members, working closely with these unions to ensure their GiR action plans are in place and conform to World Rugby guidelines.
He will also oversee the integration of World Rugby’s ‘Impact Beyond’ programme which focuses on activating rugby-influenced activities in the lead-up to the 2019 Rugby World Cup, to be hosted in Japan.
World Rugby’s Get into Rugby has been embraced by the UAERF since the federation’s inception (in 2011) and the programme has proved to be a valuable tool to grow the game in local communities across the emirates.
“It is indeed an honour to serve the greater Asia Rugby community through this role,” said Van Rooyen.
“I see a bright future for rugby in Asia and I am looking forward to working with the various unions [around Asia] to realise the dream of ‘introducing rugby to one million new players across the continent’.
“Our successes at UAERF have prepared me for this opportunity and I can only express my deepest appreciation for the visionary leadership and support I have received from the board and all the members of the UAERF team.”
UAE Rugby secretary general, Qais Al Dhalai, added: “We are very proud Ben has been recognised for his impact on growing the game at local grassroots level.
“All at the UAERF wish to thank Ben for his untiring, successful efforts.”
“I look forward to working with the various nations.” – BEN VAN ROOYEN