Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 21 February 2019: GEMS Wellington Academy, Silicon Oasis facilitates the Centre of Excellence for Rugby with ESM Rugby Academy. ESM created a strategic partnership with Dubai Exiles Rugby Club, which offers GEMS students access to the highest level of coaching both in school and at The Sevens Stadium.
GEMS Wellington Academy, Silicon Oasis students make up the first dedicated Rugby Academy team in the GEMS Education network of schools with access to an extra-curricular program. The sessions are delivered by Coach Durandt Gerber, the Dubai Exiles RFC first team captain and ex-international Rugby player.
Through the partnership, WSO Falcons rugby team, coached by the PE staff and Dubai Exiles were given the opportunity to play in the HSBC Club Festival at The Sevens Stadium, where they played against established teams from across the Middle East. Both U12 and U13 teams were triumphant and won in their respective age groups.
Stuart Booth, Head of Physical Education at GEMS Wellington Academy, Silicon Oasis, said: “The GEMS Education partnership with ESM Rugby and the Dubai Exiles RFC has allowed for our talented students to reach new heights in their Rugby coaching. The HSBC Club Festival saw our students demonstrate their elite skills and prove the Wellington Academy Centre of Excellence for Rugby is a platform to watch.”