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Mixed Touch Rugby 2015

Posted by on Sep 3, 2015 in Pictures, Rugby | 1 comment

Mixed Touch Rugby Nord Anglia International School

12 week competition starting Saturday 12th September 2015.

Teams and individuals welcome to register.

AED3,600 per team

For further information and to register contact Shane here.


The Gulf Rugby Paper Article

Posted by on Aug 7, 2015 in News, Rugby | 0 comments

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The Gulf Rugby Paper

Below is a recent posting on The Gulf Rugby Paper Facebook page. To see the original post click here.

Heartbeat Tigers will be in their second year of conference rugby this season, with other teams sure to keep a closer eye on this surprising team.

For a lot of last season the Tigers were second in the conference, with an undefeated record similar to Al Ain Amblers and it was well after the New Year before the two sides met.

Al Ain went on to win the conference and Tiger’s struggled with injuries and player numbers, (an unfortunate consequence for new clubs) saw them drift away even from the top 3 spot.

The success of the Tigers men’s team has often been attributed to their attitude to the game. Shane Thornton, who is again coaching the side, says “there is really great camaraderie and again we will just “see how this season goes.” Like last season due to work and family commitments our team can change from week to week but all of us players do not mind this. Whoever takes the field plays to the best of their ability and results will take care of themselves. As every player we are all competitive and play to win and first and foremost want to enjoy it”

It is the almost casual and “what will be will be” attitude that seemed to lift the inhibitions of the players last season to produce some terrific attacking play that troubled so many teams.
Addressing the player numbers issue of last year Shane says “We have had a few new players join us as well, which is great and happy to have more”.

The Women’s will again be looking to build on their success. Last year’s Dubai Sevens champions have a new and exciting coach at the helm.

Shane explains; “we are pleased to announce that Jonny Macdonald is taking on the head coaching role of Tiger Ladies this season”.

Jonny was born and grew up in Abu Dhabi, played for the Arabian Gulf for four years before it disbanded. He played in three Asian 5 Nations tournaments, four Dubai Sevens and the 2009 Rugby Sevens World Cup in Dubai. Following the disbanding of the Gulf played in two tournaments for Scotland on the HSBC World Series. Sadly Jonny has had to now quit the game due to too many head knocks and concussions.

“I was lucky enough to coach Jonny in both sevens and fifteens for Arabian Gulf, Shane says, “and he is an extremely talented rugby player and I am looking forward to him being part of the Tigers”.

We look forward to following the Tigers progress this season.

The Gulf Rugby Paper is an independent run news media for rugby in the Middle East, Arabian Gulf area. All the stories, results, news, features and plenty of pictures.

Touch Rugby Summer Special

Posted by on Jul 3, 2015 in Pictures, Rugby | 0 comments

Mixed Touch Rugby Summer Special


Heartbeas Sports Tigers End of Season 2015

Posted by on Jul 3, 2015 in Rugby | 0 comments

Photographs slideshow/video through 2014/15 season of the Heartbeat Sports Tigers Rugby Club in Dubai, UAE

Summer Holiday Sports Camp 2015

Posted by on May 10, 2015 in Pictures | 0 comments

Holiday Sports Camp at Nord Anglia International School.

Sunday 2nd August — Thursday 28th August

8.30am — 1pm

5 to 14 years old

AED150 per day or AED650 per week


Tag Games
and more!

To register click here or call 055 6557332

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Winter Holiday Sports Camp 2014

Posted by on Nov 25, 2014 in Pictures | 0 comments

Nord Anglia International School
Sunday 21st December to Wednesday 24th September
8.30am — 1pm
5 to 14 years old
AED150 per day

Activities: Basketball, Football, Hockey, Tag Rugby, Softball, Tag Games, Gymnastics, Ball Skill Games, Dodge Ball, Badminton, Fitness and more

To register contact Shane

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Heartbeat Sports Tigers Youth Rugby 2014/15

Posted by on Aug 26, 2014 in Rugby | 1 comment

New Season

We hope you all had an enjoyable summer. Welcome back to all our returning players and families to the 2014 – 2015 rugby season and also send a very warm welcome to all our new players and families. 

Exciting News

UAERF Youth League Competitions For the first time we will be entering under 9 and under 10’s teams into the Youth League Competitions which are played on Fridays. Depending on numbers of players we may enter teams in the older grades also.

Men’s Tigers Team

Like last season we will be entering 7’s and 10’s competitions and also the UAERF Conference Fifteens League.

Ladies Tigers Team

This season a ladies sevens team will be entering the local sevens competition and Dubai sevens.

Tigers Netball Team

We have a netball team entering division one of the Dubai Netball League

Nord Anglia International School Dubai

Heartbeat Sports have been welcomed to a brand new school, Nord Anglia International School where we will run holiday camps, touch competitions, coach afterschool rugby and athletics and use the field for under 9 and under 10 rugby trainings.

Jebel Ali Primary School

We will be continuing our close relationship with Jebel Ali Primary School with rugby training on Friday mornings.


We are excited to have two companies sponsoring Heartbeat Sports. We appreciate their support and look forward to working with them.

Eteach International is the leading online educational recruitment service. Combining extensive experience in education with exceptional technological expertise, it’s where teachers, school leaders and support staff find the latest jobs alongside recruiters who are then able to attract the best employees. If you are a teacher or know a teaching professional who may be looking for local or international teaching positions, kindly contact Jonathan at Schools looking for staffing solutions should also contact Jonathan Price. Eteach International, based in Dubai, is now the proud supporter of the Heartbeat Sports Tigers. Thank you very much for your support.

TLB Business Advisory Services
TLB Business Advisory Services provides specialist and cost effective accountancy and business advisory services for a wide range of companies in the UAE and Middle East region. Their services cater to not only start up and emerging businesses but also larger and more mature businesses that need assistance to guide them through more complex business situations as they grow. TLB is proud to sponsor Heartbeat Sports and also provides it with accounting and business support services. Grant, the owner of TLB, is also one of our touch referees for the Heartbeat Sports Touch Rugby competitions. Thank you very much for your support. If you know of any other company that would be interested in sponsoring please contact Heartbeat Sports.


Friday Trainings – U5’s, U 6’s, U 7’s, U8’s, U11’s, U12’s, U13’s and U 14’s.

When: Training commences Friday September 12th, 8:00am – 9:00am
Where: Jebel Ali Key Stage 2 Primary School
Who: Girls and boys, 4 years old – 7/8 years old and 11 years old +
Cost: September – April = AED1600. Including; shirt, shorts and socks. Discount available for siblings (1st child = AED1600, 2nd child = Aed1500, 3rd children = 1400)

Wednesday/Friday Trainings – Under 9’s (8 years old) and Under 10’s (9 years old)

When: Training commences Wednesday September 10th, 5:30pm – 7:00pm
Where: Nord Anglia International School, Hessa Street, Dubai.
Who: Girls and boys, Under 9’s and Under 10’s.
Cost: September – April = AED1650. Including; medical insurance, shirt, shorts and socks. Discount available for siblings, (1st child = AED1650, 2nd child = AED1550, 3rd child = AED1450)
*When there are no league matches we will train on Friday at Jebel Ali Primary School.


  • U5 = 1st September 2009 – 31st August 2010
  • U6 = 1st September 2008 – 31st August 2009
  • U7 = 1st September 2007 – 31st August 2008
  • U8 = 1st September 2006 – 31st August 2007
  • U9 = 1st September 2005 – 31st August 2006
  • U10 = 1st September 2004 – 31st August 2005
  • U11 = 1st September 2003 – 31st August 2004
  • U12 = 1st September 2002 – 31st August 2003
  • U13 = 1st September 2001 – 31st August 2002
  • U14 = 1st September 2000 – 31st August 2001


1. Email to confirm that your child is joining for the season and pay by bank transfer. Your child’s kit will be given to them at the first training session.

2. Friday 5th September, 9:00am – 11:00am, Jebel Ali Primary School Key Stage 2. Come and pay for the season and receive your child’s kit. 

Other Information


We are happy to have the coaches from last season returning again this season! Heartbeat Sports Tigers has a philosophy of a low coach: player ratio, therefore we are always on the lookout for new coaches. If you or anyone you know is interested to lead or assist in coaching please email me. Managers We are looking for managers for each team. If you are interested please email me.

Season Dates

We are waiting for confirmation from the UAE RFC for the official dates of the 2014-2015 rugby season leagues and tournaments. We will inform you of these when available.

Touch Competition 2014

Posted by on Aug 20, 2014 in Pictures | 0 comments

Heartbeat Sports Touch Competition

Come and have fun in either our social or competitive league.

Beginners and experts welcome!

For further information click here

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Summer Sports Camp 2014

Posted by on Jun 1, 2014 in Pictures | 1 comment

Summer Sports Camp

Children will experience a range of sports such as basketball, hockey, football, tag rugby and badminton!

Location: Bradenton Prep Academy, Dubai Sports City, 8.30am — 12.30pm

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Touch competition

Posted by on Apr 2, 2014 in Pictures | 0 comments

Come and have fun in either our social or competitive league. Beginners and experts welcome! New Flyer