Compete in the Super 6s Championships to show off your golden touch

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Touch and go: The Super 6s will feature quality rugby talent in the region.

On the heels of a successful inaugural league of the Touch Super 6s, rugby lovers can continue to compete in the first Touch Super 6s Championships next month.

To be held at Dubai Sports City on Friday, January 12, the tournament is set to once again bring together rugby enthusiasts from across the UAE to showcase the region’s talent. Register your team with a squad of up to 14 players for Dh1,200 and play in one of three categories: Men’s, Mixed and Ladies.

For those wanting to play in the second league of the Touch Super 6s, the competition gets under way on January 10 and runs for 10 weeks until March 21.

Teams can register for the league for Dh3,200. In the first season, Patu claimed the crown for the Men’s division, while Kahu earned the Ladies title and the Untouchables won the Mixed Division 2 category.

The competition is expected to once again be at a high level in both the second league and the tournament, which will have a prize giving ceremony at Kickers Sports Bar to award the winners and keep the party going.

Victoria Hepworth, partner at Corporate Affair Event Management and organiser of the Super 6s League, said: “With lots of experience setting up the Middle East Touch Championships and the Zurich Corporate Touch 6s Tournament, and through our great working relationship with METouch, we were confident that the demand for a new touch league was out there, and we weren’t wrong.

Trailblazers: Kahu of BroTown Club won the Ladies title in the first Touch Super 6s league.

Trailblazers: Kahu of BroTown Club won the Ladies title in the first Touch Super 6s league.

“League 1 sold out extremely quickly and, moving forward, we have been able to secure some extra pitch time which has allowed us to grow the up and coming League 2, which we’re thrilled about.

“We’re delighted that the majority of teams from League 1 are coming back for more in January – high praise indeed. The Super 6s also aims to provide a platform for developing referees in the area. We ran a 1 FIT certified course last month which saw more than 25 people graduate onto level 2.

“We’re really pleased to be able to support the sport on so many levels – here’s to a successful 2018.” For more information and to sign up for the league or tournament, visit www.super6s-dubai.com

WHAT: Touch Super 6s Championships and second league
WHERE: Dubai Sports City
WHEN: League begins January 10 and tournament is on January 12
CONTACT: Visit www.super6sdubai.com

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A Dubai winter camp that will keep your kids active this holiday season

Denzil Pinto 19/12/2017
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Parents looking to keep their kids active over the winter holidays, need to look no further than It’s Just Football and Football Center’s Winter Football Camp.

At Just Play Sports Academy in Dubai, the camp is already underway having begun on Sunday and with it running until Thursday, youngsters can see for themselves why it’s highly-rated.

IJF and Football Center are no strangers to hosting holiday camps with their previous editions proving to be huge successes and this week’s will be no different.

Under the guidance of a fully qualified coaching staff, kids will be able to enhance their skills and knowledge through a series of games and training sessions with the emphasis on fun.

Morning sessions run from 09:00 to 12:00 with afternoon classes held from 13:00 to 16:00. Parents can choose from three options – half a day (09:00 to 12:00 or 13:00 to 16:00) which costs Dh150, while it’s Dh400 for three days. For those who want to attend the full day, then it’s Dh250 daily or Dh650 for three days.

Once that is finished, IJF will be hosting their second winter camp at the end of the month, to be held from December 26 to 28 and January 2 to 4 at Jumeirah Primary School.

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Classes run from 09:00 to 12:00 with one day costing Dh150, three days at Dh400 and the full six days at Dh750.

And Lee Mannion, head coach at IJF and camp director insists there’s plenty of positives on why parents should enroll their children.

“It’s Just Football is home to Dubai’s most qualified football coaches and this winter your child can play, develop and enjoy with them at their winter camp venues,” he said.

“With new technical themes and competitions each day as well as plenty of giveaways the children are guaranteed to have a brilliant time. The players will also get the chance to challenge themselves against the ‘Super Keeper’, the world’s toughest goal keeper to beat.

“All the details you need are below, so if you want your child involved in the best football
specific holiday camp in Dubai sign up now.”

What: IJF and Football Centre Winter Camps

Where: Just Play Sports Academy and Jumeirah Primary School

When: Various dates

Contact: For more information or to sign up, visit www.thefcdubai.com or www.itsjustfootball.com

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Head to McGettigan’s at JLT for an evening with All Blacks legend Dougie Howlett

Denzil Pinto 17/12/2017
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If you’re a fan of rugby, there’s plenty of reasons to visit McGettigan’s at JLT Dubai this Wednesday considering former All Blacks international Doug Howlett will be taking the stage for their latest ‘Evening With’.

Howlett, 39, was a formidable force for his country, representing his national team 62 times between 2000 and 2007. During those years, he scored 49 Test tries which not only puts him seventh in the all-time list but as New Zealand’s record Test try-scorer.

At club level, as well as having stints with Auckland Blues and Hurricanes, he was part of Munster’s triumphant squad that claimed the European Champions Cup in 2007-08, where he made 114 appearances.

Now with his playing days behind him, Howlett will be reliving those memories and answer any questions from the audience on Wednesday evening from 19:00.

Tickets for the event at The Baggot, costs Dh150 with doors opening at 18:00 with Happy Hour promotions until 20:00.

“Doug Howlett is one of the greatest wingers in the history of the game of rugby and is the leading try scorer for the All Blacks,” said Dennis McGettigan, CEO of McGettigan’s.

“This is a unique opportunity for rugby fans to hear behind the scenes stories from the legend himself.

“The event will see Doug interviewed on stage discussing everything from his childhood growing up in Auckland, New Zealand to his early days playing the sport to his All Blacks career and Munster Rugby in Ireland and his retirement alongside personal anecdotes.”

There will also be an opportunity to take a picture with Howlett himself as well as win some fantastic prizes.

“After the interview, the floor will be opened to fans to ask questions to Doug followed by a meet and greet photo session where fans can take pictures and get their memorabilia signed,” added McGettigan.

“There will also be a chance for fans to get their hands on some rugby memorabilia during the evening. Doug understands that there is a great interest in rugby here in the UAE and has even coached at the Rugby 7’s in Dubai in previous years and so he is keen to establish links with fans here and be an ambassador for the sport.”

McGettigan’s are no strangers to hosting ‘Evening Withs’ wit their previous editions proving to be a massive hit and McGettigan is convinced this week’s will be no different.

“These events are extremely popular. Firstly, the venue itself The Baggot at McGettigan’s JLT can hold up to 280 people seated and it has the ideal atmosphere for hosting such Q&A’s,” he said.

“In the past we have had Q&A’s with British former professional boxer Frank Bruno, former England international footballer Paul Gascoigne and retired Irish rugby union player Donncha O’Callaghan and British and Irish Lions player, David Wallace. Irish professional golfer Shane Lowry is McGettigan’s official brand ambassador, with McGettigan’s hosting regular golf days with the athlete.

“At McGettigan’s we try to create a real sense of camaraderie through all of our events, and particularly with sports. We have such a mix of nationalities as customers that it creates a vibrant atmosphere and a real sense of community spirit during these events.”

WHAT: An Evening With former All Blacks international Doug Howlett
WHERE: The Baggot, McGettigan’s JLT
WHEN: Wednesday, December 20 from 19:00
CONTACT: For more information, visit www.mcgettigans.com

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