UAE Rugby’s Van Rooyen lands a new role in Asia

He’s tasked with help­ing in­tro­duce rugby to one mil­lion new play­ers

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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

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