Reed Smith has today announced that it is partnering with the UAE Rugby Federation’s Al Maha All-Emirati Female Rugby Development Programme, which seeks to mentor and encourage Emirati women to participate in the sport. Reed Smith’s partnership with the Al Maha team aims to develop pathways between the game of Rugby and business through providing mentorship to the players.

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The three-year partnership will be focused on creating a community of mentors to empower Emirati women. While women continue to be under-represented in sport and especially in leadership roles, Reed Smith stands behind initiatives such as the Al Maha All-Emirati Female Rugby Development Programme and promotes women in ‘non-traditional’ women’s sports. 

Reed Smith’s Middle East office managing partner, Sachin Kerur stated, “The Al Maha all-female rugby team represents more than just a sports team. They embody a new generation of leaders and, on an even bigger scale, an opportunity to redefine femininity through the lens of sport. At Reed Smith, driving progress and change for good is at the heart of what we do. We are so proud to support this initiative and look forward to growing our partnership with the team”. 

“UAE Rugby’s Al Maha girls are seen as trail-blazers within their chosen sport and have celebrated an impressive number of milestones in recent years”, said Mohamed Sultan Al Zaabi, Head of Development Portfolio UAE Rugby. “Such successes include competing in Asia Rugby’s first under-18 girls tournament, participation at the third edition of the Paris World Games and the Under-18 Girls Asia 7’s Tournament, as well as completing various skills and fitness training camps; hosted in the UAE as well as abroad.“