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The ESM Rugby Academy (powered by Dubai Exiles RFC) is designed to introduce and enhance rugby union skills for pupils of all ages between 4 to 19 years and is hosted both at GEMS Wellington Silicon Oasis and the famous Dubai Sevens Stadium. Our program is powered by the highly experienced and qualified coaching team from Dubai Exiles RFC, the region’s oldest and most successful rugby club, and offers young players immediate access to structured and fun training sessions designed to safely build their skills and competencies in the game of rugby with a smile on their face.

The right Program for your child


Our training is delivered at the finest venues for rugby in the Middle East and our facilities are equipped to the highest international safety standards for all our players. Taking place at The Dubai Sevens Stadium and GEMS Wellington Academy (Silicon Oasis), our rugby players get the opportunity to learn and practice on full-size floodlit rugby pitches. The Academy believes in high quality Rugby coaching and develops rugby skills in a safe, secure and professionally run environment.

Building Champions

Be part of an Academy system which has enjoyed unsurpassed success in Mini & Youth rugby over many years within the region and further afield. The Dubai Exiles powered program for younger players has developed a number of highly successful teams at all levels, and has seen several of its players go on to achieve representative honours for the UAE, England, Wales and Scotland, including several who have also gone on to become professional rugby players. We are a Rugby Academy where players are taught to pursue excellence with a passion, and to push themselves to perform well in every aspect. At ESM Rugby Academy, players are prepared for all levels of the game by incorporating the best skills instruction combined with character, the core values of rugby and exposed to the concept of leadership by example and respect.

Learn Rugby from Top Coaches

The opportunities and programs delivered at the ESM Rugby Academy contribute in a unique way to the development of our athletes and their future in the sports world. We have professional World Rugby qualified coaches whose aim is to empower our rugby players to reach their full potential via a high quality and inspiring training program whilst never losing sight of the fact that having fun is a key part of the program.

Foster Long-term Player Development

Our players are taught the essential techniques to play rugby safely while learning and developing new skills and ways to express themselves in a team environment. Emphasis is placed on individual skills and techniques, team skills, communication and the ability to make decisions and perform under pressure and fatigue and do so consistently.

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