The Sharks UAE Rugby Academy is now in its second year, operating from Zayed Sports City on Wednesday afternoons from 5:15 p.m and on Saturday mornings from 9:30 a.m. The academy caters for players who are age 12 and older. No matter their skill level in the sport, the group will help the player become as good as he wants to become.

The Sharks UAE Academy group in Abu Dhabi has shown the biggest growth of all three centres in the UAE. The results of how the academy can help players and clubs is evident in the recent success of the Harlequins U16 team, who played in the final of the U16 league and won the HSBC U16 tournament at the Sevens on the last weekend of January. There are as many as 10 boys who previously or are currently attending the academy sessions in this squad. This, combined with the astute coaching of Steve Henderson, is the recipe for success.

At the academy, individual players are equipped with the core skills required to become a professional player. The hunger and passion to become a professional player must come from the individual, but experienced coaches will teach them the latest techniques and skills that will enable them to compete with the best of the best.

For any enquiries, please contact Steve on 052 846 5021 or e-mail