It’s been a very long time coming, however RAK Rugby lastly have a spot they’ll name house.
The membership has had their fair proportion of pitch and residency points over time. Up till 2017 they had been the one Gulf rugby membership who performed their fixtures on the golden sands of Ras Al Khaimah.
They educated at numerous places across the area and performed largely away fixtures.
Then, in 2017, they made the transfer to Tower Hyperlinks Golf Membership the place they had been capable of prepare on grass for the primary time and have a base to construct on their foundations as a membership which has origins going again to 1969, and had sometimes performed as a casual, social facet.
The membership’s new pitch is positioned at Al Hamra Golf Membership and serves as a logo of how a lot progress they’ve made each on and off the pitch.
After securing a brand new partnership with Al Hamra final season, RAK Rugby noticed their goals of getting their very own pitch take tentative first steps. In July this 12 months the bulldozers rolled in to start work. Quick ahead three months to this Friday, October 18, and new chairman Ryan Reaney will likely be welcoming His Excellency Sheikh Abdullah bin Humaid Al Qasimi, Chief of Ras Al Khaimah’s Rulers Court docket and RAK Rugby’s patron, to chop the ribbon on the brand new rugby pitch and membership services that the membership can lastly name house.
RAK lastly have a spot to name house.
The complete dimension pitch has been inbuilt collaboration with Al Hamra, and comes with newly-built altering services in addition to entry to Al Hamra’s hospitality inside the clubhouse.
“It is the culmination of many months of hard work and we are proud of how far this club has come,” stated Reaney.
“This Friday marks the start of a brand new chapter within the historical past of our membership and rugby within the northern Emirate.
“Credit score should be given to the members of the earlier committee; Simon Williams, Eddie Presch and Dave Learman, in addition to present committee members Ken Neves and Galvin McKechnie who’ve laid the foundations of this venture and with out who we might not have achieved what we’ve got at present.
“This initiative has solely been attainable as a result of generosity of our sponsors, a few of which have been with us for a number of years.
“We now have additionally been very fortunate to have cast robust new relationships with native corporations. With out their monetary backing and the assist none of this could have materialised.
“We could also be a small membership in comparison with a few of our brother golf equipment in Dubai and Abu Dhabi however we’ve got a tenacious spirit and are happy with our historic roots in Ras Al Khaimah.
Work has been ongoing during the last three months.
“This is reflected in the fact we have the support and generosity of His Highness Sheik Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi, Ruler of Ras Al Khaimah, who is an active supporter, and to the community at large.”
The connection with the native royal household is simply an indicator of how a lot the membership has turn into central to life in RAK. The membership has formidable plans for Emirati, expatriate and youth rugby within the area.
“Our goal is to grow a love of rugby within our community and we urge everyone and anyone that would like to try the sport to join our men and ladies at training on Monday and Wednesday evenings,” added Reaney.
RAK Rugby will formally open their new rugby pitch and services in time for the senior males’s rugby match in opposition to UAE Division 2 opponents Dubai Sharks on Friday.
Earlier than kick-off, a gap ceremony will likely be carried out by RAK Rugby patron, Sheikh Abdullah.

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