24 May 13
Harlequins launched its new Membership Scheme three weeks ago and already over 1,700 memberships have been taken out for next season, including over 200 by new supporters.
"It is a great way to boost the number of children taking up rugby within the emirate of Abu Dhabi and also to scout for young players with the potential to play at the highest level."
Following the Rugby Schools, Etihad will jointly host with the Abu Dhabi Harlequins Rugby Club the Gulf region's largest junior rugby tournament at the same location on 13 and 14 November. More than 1,700 children will take part in the two day knockout tournament.
Mohammed Al Mahmood, Abu Dhabi Sports Council's General Secretary, said: "The Junior Rugby Festival is a fantastic sporting initiative for the emirate of Abu Dhabi. Abu Dhabi Sports Council wishes to express its support and thanks Etihad Airways, Harlequins and all the event partners for leading the way with the Middle East's youth rugby programme."
The Etihad Airways Junior Rugby Festival has been well supported by several companies in Abu Dhabi. Etihad would like to thank HSBC as presenting sponsors plus Abu Dhabi Sports Council, ADAC, Park Inn Hotel and Al Ain Water.
About Etihad Airways
Etihad Airways is the national airline of the United Arab Emirates based in the UAE's capital, Abu Dhabi. Etihad offers flights to more than 50 destinations in the Middle East, Europe, North America, Africa, Asia and Australia. For further details: Etihad Airways Corporate Communications: Tel: + 971 (0) 2 511 1032 / 1036 or visit www.etihadmediacentre.com