Last weekend’s Etihad Airways Junior Rugby Festival marked the start of the inaugural HSBC Youth Rugby Series across the Middle East. More than 2,000 children from 161 teams took part in the two-day festival, the first of four events that make up this new pan-Middle East competition.
The top four teams who scored the most points across the designated age categories were Arabian Knights 2’s (U8), Dubai Exiles 1’s (U10), Dubai Exiles 1’s (U12) and Dubai Exiles 1’s (U14). Teams that won additional bonus points for the HSBC Spirit of Rugby Award – awarded for the teams that best exemplified the values of teamwork and camaraderie - were Bahrain Rugby Club (U10), Kuwait Saracens Rugby Club (U12) and Abu Dhabi Harlequins 4's (U14).
Marcus Hurry, Deputy CEO, HSBC Bank Middle East Limited said: “We are proud to launch the HSBC Youth Rugby Series for young players this season which ties in all four of our HSBC-sponsored junior rugby festivals in the region.”
HSBC’s sponsorship of junior rugby festivals in the region and around the world is about growing the game and in particular, getting more young people involved in the sport”, he added.
New for the 2011/12 season the HSBC Youth Rugby Series brings together four junior rugby festivals sponsored by the bank across the Middle East. The most consistently successful teams at the four festivals – the Etihad Airways Junior Rugby Festival in Abu Dhabi, the HSBC Junior Rugby Festival Qatar, the HSBC Junior Rugby Festvial Dubai and the HSBC Junior Rugby Festival Bahrain - across U8, U10, U12, and U14 age groups will win a VIP training session with an HSBC rugby ambassador and a new set of rugby kit for their team.
HSBC is a long-standing supporter of rugby around the world, and in the Middle East the bank is helping to grow the game through a comprehensive year-round programme of rugby partnerships at all levels. HSBC supports the game from the elite end through to the grassroots tiers of the gamaple. Aside from its sponsorship of junior rugby festivals across the region, HSBC is also a Main Sponsor and the Official Banking Partner of the Emirates Airline Dubai Rugby Sevens which takes place from 1st – 3rd December at 7he Sevens ground in Dubai.