QFA social programs

 

Social Responsibility

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Social responsibility is one of the key priorities of the Qatar Football Association (QFA). The purpose of engaging the society through various football-related programs has been well received by the public in recent years. The Board of Directors of QFA, the President  Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa bin Ahmed Al Thani, and the Marketing Department of the football ruling body is working round the clock to work according to the programs charted out in the country’s annual calendar of football activities. The QFA realizes the importance of the football ruling body considered as a social institution that helps young children and adults believe in fair play and healthy living. The process of engaging society through means of sports has been a massive success not just at the community level but schools, government and private organizations have also been a major source of spreading the message of healthy living. Qatar Foundation, Al Noor Institute For The Blind, Shaffalah Centre, Dhreima and other such social institutes have played an important role in engaging the society through sports. Their social activities have been well received by the public at large. The QFA aims to strengthen the role of engaging the society through sports activities under the 2021 vision of the football ruling body. A wide-range of programs and activities will be part of the annual QFA calender that will help young children take to the sport with emphasis on healthy living.

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Promotion of football in the country

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QFA’s three-year agreement with Doha Children’s Cultural Center reflects the ruling body’s keenness to take the sport of football to a new level of popularity among young kids. This partnership is being used as a means of long-term relationship of kids with sports. This has already resulted in the change of behavior of young children who now show profound interest in sports, studies have suggested. This method has been successfully applied to achieve such results in the developed countries around the world. Meaningful programs and events are part of the QFA charter on social responsibility. New programs and activities or events will be added to the calendar in the coming months and years. More organizations will be brought into this network to keep the message of healthy living making way into all segments of the society.

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 QFA celebrates national day with students

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Qatar Football Association and Soud bin Abdulrahman kindergarten  joined hands to host a joint celebration for Qatar National Day.

The day begun with gift boxes handed commemorating the occasion to all of QFA staff.

Top QFA officials made an appearance at the kindergarten  where a lavishly decorated ceremony which paired students and families. QFA COO, Khalid Al Kuwari said “Today, we move into another new and great year for the State of Qatar. Qatar National Day is a day to be celebrated by all residents of Qatar and it is a celebration of pride for the country and its history. I welcome everyone to come and celebrate the festivities here at the joint celebrations.”

He then added, “The Qatar Football Association is extremely proud of the country’s incredible journey to become one of the world’s most recognized nations. We praise Qatar’s leaders for their dedication in upholding the country’s vision. Qatar’s aviation sector is at the helm of Qatar’s rapid development and we are honored to join hands to mark this auspicious day.”

 

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QFA celebrates International Day for people with disability with Al Noor Institute for the Blind

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Qatar Football Association (QFA) in collaboration with Al Noor Institute for the Blind, organised and event today to celebrate and commemorate the 21st anniversary of International Day for People with Disability.

The celebration featured an organised mini marathon in which 110 students from different schools and disability centres in Doha participated in to celebrate this day. Participating schools and centres included Al Duhail Primary School, Al Hikma International School, Audio Education Complex, Tamakon Training Centre. The day brought a fun-packed program which included bouncy castles, and a variety of games.

Khalid Al Kuwari, Director of Marketing and Communications kick-started the marathon and awarded the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners along with Dr. Hayat Nathar, Director of Al Noor Institute for the Blind, and Khalid Al Shuaiby, PR Manager of Al Noor Institute for the Blind.

 

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QFA treats kids in ‘ Back to school’ campaign 

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Qatar Football Association (QFA) has planned special kids activities in the framework of its recently launched (Back to school) campaign at one of Doha’s popular ‎shopping malls ‘Landmark’.

The aim of the programs is to help kids associate sport with ‎culture and tradition.

QFA’s Khalid Al Kuwari said: “Such activities are very important to QFA since we feel the kids need to learn how to play sport and recognise the cultural ‎trends in the country.”

He added: “We would like to thank our sponsors and backers. QFA has promoted such events for kids and their families. We will keep organising them from time to time.”

 

Qatar Stars visit orphanage in Morocco

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Just twenty four hours before locking horns with Morocco at Mohammed V Stadium, the players and staff of the Qatar National team used their Sunday to bring some smiles to the faces of children at the SOS orphanage in Casablanca.

The orphanage serves as a caring home for children from the streets of Morocco. The delighted 103 faces, fun and fits of laughter that ensued from playing football in the orphanages’ backyard created beautiful memories for everyone involved.

The players and national team officials  were touched with the response they received from the children towards the love for the game and for them.

The children were enthusiastic to display their talent to the renowned football stars coming from the eastern part of the Arab world.

 

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QFA hosts Iftar for ten Asian communities

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Qatar Football Association (QFA) organised a Ramadan Iftar gathering for ten Asian communities at Al Gassar Resort.

The communities include Indonesians, Sri Lankans, Nepalese, Malaysians, Singaporeans, Chinese, Japanese, Jordanians, Lebanese, and South Koreans.

QFA has organised a series of Iftars for different communities last week to thank them for their ongoing support throughout the year. The Iftars were also intended to discuss future cooperation with community leaders, and ways in which QFA can support communities in their future events and activities.

Eight Ambassadors and around two hundred guests attended the Iftar to celebrate the Holy Month of Ramadan with QFA.

 

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QFA hosts Iftar for Indian community

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Qatar Football Association (QFA) held an iftar for the Indian community to celebrate the Holy Month of Ramadan in Al Gassar Resort.

Organising this iftar is part of QFA’s social responsibility events and overall plan in sports season 2014/2015 that aims to strengthen the relationship with the local communities in Qatar.

The Iftar was attended by Khalid Mubarak Al Kuwari, Acting Chief Operations Officer QFA, Sasi Kumar, Deputy Chief of Mission in the Indian Embassy in Qatar, Mohamed Quttub Events and Activities Leader in the Indian Community, and Shamsuddin Olakara, Representative from the Indian Community.

Participating in the Iftar were over 500 representatives from the Indian Embassy, Indian Community, and Indian Committees that specialize in organising cultural and traditional programs and events.

Deputy Chief of Mission in the Indian Embassy in Qatar, Sasi Kumar welcomed all the guests and thanked QFA for their ongoing support to the Indian Community and expressed the importance of supporting football initiatives and activities in Qatar.

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Emir Cup final ticket revenues to be donated to Rota and Qatar Red Crescent projects

 

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The Qatar Football Association (QFA) announced that it will allocate a specific amount of the Emir Cup Final ticket revenues and donate it to the development and relief projects that Rota and Qatar Red Crescent Society organise inside and outside of Qatar.
Rota and QFA have also organised an initiative to place eight donation boxes around Khalifa International Stadium and two in the Fanzone area, where spectators would be able to donate money.

Funds that are donated by the spectators will go towards Rota’s local and regional projects.
This initiative showcases how QFA functions on all levels to enhance its role within the local and regional community via social and charity work.
QFA continuously involves its partner non-profit and charitable organisations in its tournaments and competitions for the aim of raising funds, thus, helping all segments of the local and regional community through football.
QFA believes that football is a key factor in developing the younger generation by teaching them life lessons and enriching them with positive values. It is QFA and Rota’s joint commitment to encourage all segments of the community to participate in the most popular game in the world by organising different community programmes and football tournaments that support the local and regional community.
QFA and Rota recently signed an MoU that sets out the commitment of both parties to support the advancement of youth capabilities and furthering long-term development and leadership capacity-building.

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2nd Asian Communities Tournament

 

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Jordan were crowned winners at the 2nd Asian Communities Tournament after beating Indonesia 5-0 in the final match held at Thani bin Jassim Stadium on Saturday.

Khalid Mubarak Al Kuwari , Chief Operations Officer of QFA crowned the champions in after the HH Emir Cup semi-final between Al Sadd and Al Gharafa at the same venue.

12 teams have competed in this year’s tournament , Indonesia,
India, Japan, Lebanon, China, Philippines, Nepal, Sri Lanka,
Singapore, Jordan, Malaysia, and Korea Republic.

 

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Al Waab clinch Qatar Amateur League Title 

 

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Al Waab  claimed the title of the inaugural edition of the Qatar Amateur League after beating Al Matar 2-0 at the Abdullah bin Khalifa Stadium.

 

Hassan Al Thawadi, Secretary General, Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy, crowned the winners alongside Hani Balan, vice president of the Qatar Stars League management.

 

Al Waab, who dominated the competition since the early stages,  have finished with a total of 69 points, eight points clear of second placed Military Command.

 

Fourteen teams have participated in this first edition of the competition .

Al Waab  claimed the title of the inaugural edition of the Qatar Amateur League after beating Al Matar 2-0 at the Abdullah bin Khalifa Stadium.

Hassan Al Thawadi, Secretary General, Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy, crowned the winners alongside Hani Balan, vice president of the Qatar Stars League management.

 

Al Waab, who dominated the competition since the early stages,  have finished with a total of 69 points, eight points clear of second placed Military Command.

Fourteen teams have participated in this first edition of the competition .

 

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QFA marks international workers’ day

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Qatar Football Association (QFA) marked International Workers’ Day on May 1st with a large number of expatriate workers by taking the Emir Cup trophy and making a stop at the New Doha International Airport (NDIA) where thousands of attending workers were ecstatic to take pictures with the iconic trophy.

 

All workers that were present were given a bag that included essential goods that the workers can use on a daily basis. The QFA branded bag included the following items: Towel, Soap, Food Containers, Toothbrush and Toothpaste.

 

May 1 is marked worldwide to recognise and value the efforts of labour workers. QFA officials were enthusiastic to interact with the workers at their work site and give them the chance to share the excitement of the Emir Cup by setting up an area where they can hold the trophy and take their own pictures with their friends and fellow labour workers.

International Workers’ Day, also known as Labor Day or May Day, is a celebration of laborers and the working classes that is promoted by the international labor movement and occurs every year on May 1.

 

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QFA  organizes School League 

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The Qatar Football Association (QFA) announced that the “School League” will kick-off today in which 20 schools will compete for the title. Announced on 10th October, 2013, the School League is organised by QFA in collaboration with Supreme Education Council (SEC), and Qatar School Sports Association (QSSA) and sponsored by Qatar 2022 Supreme Committee and witnesses the participation of 20 schools that are divided across 4 different groups.

 

The tournament will run until the end of March next year and will be held in the training fields of Umm Slal, Al Gharrafa, Muaither, Al Sadd, Al Arabi, Al Khraitiyat, and Meseimeer stadia.

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QFA, Qatar Shell & Barcelona Foundation initiative wins prestigious award  

 

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A fun game that was basically launched to help children adopt a healthy lifestyle was officially recognized in Dubai where Qatar Shell and the FC Barcelona Foundation FutbolNet program won the ‘Best Sport Youth Development Initiative’ at the Sports Industry Awards 2014.

 

With nine finalists shortlisted from 150 entries in this category, the judges honoured FutbolNet with a Silver Award for its ‘tangible contributions to the development of regional grass roots youth participation in sports’.

 

The programme’s level of community engagement was also taken into account as part of the awarding process.

 

In December 2013, Qatar Shell, Qatar Football Association (QFA) and the Barcelona Foundation launched the second season of Il’Ab We’Yana, the Arabic for ‘Play with us’, an extra-curricular school programme based on the FutbolNet methodology.

 

Il’Ab We’Yana uses football as a means to develop healthy habits and positive behavioural change by providing children with four extra hours of non-competitive physical education per week.

 

QFA plays a pivotal role in laying the foundation for football in the state, and is still the first to help advance the game and improve its level in Qatar, thus making the state a crucial player on the regional and international football scene.

 

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QFA marks world cancer day

 

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A Qatar Football Association (QFA) delegation celebrated the World Cancer Day at Al Amal Cancer Hospital today with the cancer patients and survivors.

 

The celebration of the World Cancer Day was marked with distribution of gifts and PlayStation 3 consoles to hospitalized children. The visit also aimed to raise awareness about the disease, prevention, early detection, and treatments.

 

Commenting on the occasion, Khalid Al Kuwari, Director of Marketing and Communications said: “Our participation to mark this important day stems from our responsibility towards the community as it is our duty to fight together against this disease. Our aim is to put a smile on the face of these strong children and give them hope for the future. It’s important to remind the children we have met today that having strong willpower to fight this illness will help them in overcoming this deadly disease.”

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ROTA, QFA partner to support communities through football

 

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Within the framework of adopting sports concept to focus on achieving educational goals, Reach Out To Asia (ROTA), Qatar’s leading non-profit organization and the Qatar Football Association (QFA), the governing body of football in Qatar, signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) that sets out the commitment of both parties to support the advancement of youth capabilities and furthering long-term development and leadership capacity-building.

 

The agreement was signed by Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa bin Ahmed Al
Thani, President of QFA and ROTA Executive Director Essa Al Mannai at
Al Bidda Tower.

 

Commenting on the occasion, Sheikh Hamad said: “Our partnership
agreement with ROTA is another example of QFA’s commitment to mark
social responsibility programs one of the key priorities in its
vision. QFA has introduced countless social responsibility programs
with several local entities. Our work with ROTA is one of a kind as we
will jointly aim to reach different communities locally and regionally
while making QFA’s 2021 vision a reality. Football, Education and
Culture, the inseparable trio, encourage cultural exchange and promote
the diversity of cultures; we are sure that partnering with ROTA will
achieve this social goal locally and internationally.”

 

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Rashad independent school hold sports activity

 

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The Rashad Model Independent School for Boys last week organised
a special event to promote healthy living in collaboration with Qatar
Football Association (QFA).

 

School Principal Lulwah Kaabai said the progra was also supported by
the Supreme Council of Health.
Khalid Al Mubarak Al Kuwairi, the QFA Marketing Director, was present
when prizes were distributed among the schoolchildren.

 

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Al Kuwari also engaged with the students on topics related to sports.

 

The program was also attended by the teachers, Supreme Council of
Health officials and parents.

 

The message was well received by the schoolchildren and parents

 

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Football family celebrates Qatar national sports day 

 

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Qatar’s football family united on Tuesday to celebrate the 3rd
annual National Sports Day (NSD).

 

Held at the world-renowned Aspire Zone, employees from the Qatar
Football Association (QFA), the Supreme Committee for Delivery &
Legacy and the Qatar Stars League (QSL) came together to promote the
health benefits associated with active lifestyles.

 

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All three football entities took part in a friendly five-a-side
tournament that saw employees compete in an event enjoyed by family
and friends, serving as an integral part of the National Sports Day
programme .

 

The tournament was won by Futsal – a team made up of staff from the QFA.

 

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QFA marks Qatar national sports day 

 

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Qatar Football Association, Al Noor institute for the Blind, Dhreima, Islamic Museum in addition to a number of QFA partners joined hands to host a joint celebration for Qatar National Day.

 

Players all over the country recited the national anthem in all of the younger leagues matches held on Monday and Tuesday.

 

The day begun with gift boxes handed commemorating the occasion to all of QFA staff.

 

Top QFA officials made an appearance at Al Rashad School where a lavishly decorated ceremony which paired students and families. QFA Director of Media and Communication, Khalid Al Kuwari said “Today, we move into another new and great year for the State of Qatar. Qatar National Day is a day to be celebrated by all residents of Qatar and it is a celebration of pride for the country and its history. I welcome everyone to come and celebrate the festivities here at the joint celebrations.”

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Al Noor Institute for the Blind and future prospects

 

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The QFA and the Al Noor Institute of the Blind have pledged to bring more young kids to football venues and activities during popular events in the country like the Heir Apparent Cup and the Emir Cup. Visits of kids from the institute to QFA events have laid the foundation of what should be a long and fruitful partnership. QFA is also willing to help interested parties who would be keen to attend the games of the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.

 

QFA and Qatar Foundation Centre for Elderly Care


QFA’s pledge to help young kids at the Al Noor Institute for the Blind and the success achieved from the programs prompted officials to engage Qatar Foundation Centre for Elderly Care. The QFA is helping senior citizens of the country get to watch matches – whether at venues or at the institute. The QFA has also provided technical assistance to the institute with installations of flat television screens.

 

A variety of programs and one goal


Similar activities to engage institutes like Dhreima and Shaffalah Centre have also produced impressive results. QFA’s initiatives to engage society at all levels has a one-goal agenda – to bring people from all walks of life together with the aim of improving their health through sports activities. Qatari and foreign schools have also been part of the QFA’s charter on social responsibility. The QFA has held lectures and conducted workshops on various topics to keep their interaction with the society alive and kicking, so as to say.

Corporate giants like Fifty One East, Qtel, Qatar National Bank and Shell Qatar are also part of this successful agenda that clearly binds together the society and its passion of the game. The QFA partners have played a very important role in helping take out the message of ‘healthy living’ to new audiences in the country and the region.

 

Helping develop civic sense at an early age


The QFA is keen to play every role that helps young kids develop their civic sense as they work on their interests in sport. The QFA believes young kids need to nurtured carefully as they are impacted with their environment they live in. The programs and activities of QFA and various institutes have helped in this regard immensely as recent increase in number of football fans suggest. The last two seasons have clearly seen a massive rise in number of young kids showing interest
in sports.

 

QFA and Shell Qatar – a winning partnership


QFA and Shell Qatar have joined hands for what experts call a ‘winning partnership’. The two parties have initiated a program that aims to change the lifestyle of children and young people.

The program is for kids falling in three age brackets:
1 – Play (ages: 7-12 years)
2 – Your game (ages: 13-17 years)
3 – Night programs (ages: 18-24 years)

A unique world record


Last week a unique world record was created in Qatar. The Guinness World Record for the longest ever 5-a-side football match was broken at Aspire Zone on National Sport Day. The highly anticipated match was organised by the QFA and Qatar Shell, and officiated by Guinness World Records.

The match which ran continuously for 11 hours, 58 minutes and 12 seconds was played by a total of 523 participants from all over Qatar.

The event was attended by His Excellency Dr. Mohammed bin Saleh Al-Sada, Minister of Energy and Industry, who came on to play as one of the record breaking players surpassing the 464-player mark that was set by BBC Radio 5 Live, at the Sheffield United Academy, UK on 13 October 2012.

Other record breakers included Wael Sawan, Managing Director and Chairman of Qatar Shell Companies, Sheikh Thani Al Thani, Deputy General Manager, Qatar Shell and Hamad Al Kuwari, Head of Marketing & Commercial, QFA.

The Guinness World Record attempt was part of the QFA and Qatar Shell initiative KOORA TIME, a five-year sustainable initiative which is designed to improve the health and well-being of Qatar’s youth through football.

Qatar vs. Egypt friendly revenue donated to Egyptian Cancer Center  

 

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Qatar national football team played their Egyptian counterparts in an international football friendly held at Thani bin Jassim stadium of Al-Ghrafah SC on March 7.

Qatar Football Association (QFA) and the Egyptian Football Association (EFA) agreed to allocate the match revenue in favor of the cancer patients in Egypt in a humanitarian step reflects the social responsibility of sport federations towards the communities.

The proceeds from the match will be donated to Cancer treatment charities in Egypt.

 

QFA, Qatar-Shell join hands in Kooora time

 

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Qatar Football Association (QFA) and Qatar Shell held the Koora Time World Cup on National Sport Day 2014. The football tournamentwill kicked off on Tuesday February 11th, 2014 at Aspire Zone. It ran for eight consecutive hours until the winning team was crowned champion.

 

 

 

The Koora Time World Cup, building on the excitement of National Sport Day, took  place during what is an official World Cup year. In addition to the tournament, there was a dedicated Fan Zone and fun and entertaining activities for kids.Participation in the Koora Time World Cup was complimentary.

 

 

 

The Koora Time World Cup is part of Koora Time, a five-year sustainable initiative created by the QFA and Qatar Shell that is designed to improve the health and wellbeing of Qatar’s youth through football.

 

 

 Asian Communities Tournaments 

 

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The Qatar Football Association (QFA) has concluded a new event that was contested by numerous communities residing in Qatar, it emerged on Friday.
The new event was held as part of the festivities planned for the 2013 Emir Cup.
“We know that there are many communities who actively take part in football events. We also know that most football fans can’t wait for the Emir Cup football festival to start. So we thought why not have a new event during the Emir Cup, a QFA official said.
The aim of this event was to raise awareness of healthy living through sports activities.

 Indian Community Tournament

The Qatar Football Association (QFA) joined hands with the Indian community in Qatar to establish an annual tournament for children of the Indian community living in Qatar.

At the onset of the tournament, 16 teams in various age groups were allowed to take part.
The new move is expected to raise awareness of healthy living through sports activities.

Copa Coca-Cola 

A total of 16 school teams took part in the Coca-Cola Cup which was organised along side the Emir Cup.
The 16 teams comprised of local and overseas schools.
The Emir Cup remains the most popular football event in the country and football fans usually see numerous events staged along side the final football tournament of the season.

QFA busy with football programs in Ramadan

The Qatar Football Association (QFA) is lending support to series of football events and programs currently being held during the holy month of Ramadan, officials said on Friday.
Various communities across Qatar, like the one in Al Wakra, are holding football competitions in public parks.
Such events are fully supported by QFA, a top official said.
QFA has also engaged charity bodies like AlShaffalah Centre to promote healthy living through football matches ‘as playing sports ensures a safe and healthy lifestyle’, a QFA official said.
Al Kass Sports Channel is also conducting a football tournament among its employees and various other outfits.
The tournament, which kicked off from the first day of Ramadan, will end on 16th of Ramadan.
The event carries total prize money of QR 500.000 allocated for the top ranked-winners beside the best players in the tournament.
“Sport for all’ is a campaign that is for everyone living in Qatar, the QFA official said.
QFA is also distributing brochures on healthy living and ways to stay fit during Ramadan.
The first match event on the QFA calendar – the Sheikh Jassim Cup – will commence on Saturday.
The first Qatar Stars League (QSL) match of the 2013-14 season will be held in September.

 QFA activities gather momentum in Ramadan

Activities organized by Qatar Football Association (QFA) have picked up momentum as the country rejoices the Holy month of Ramadan with various programs for children.
QFA last week staged special activities for children ahead of the 2013-14 football season that kicks-off proper in September.
Hundreds of kids visited the QFA stand in Lagoona Mall to celebrate Garangao, a celebration that caters to young kids.
Dressed in traditional clothes, the children collected sweets in their specially created cotton bags.
Garangao is a festival for children that is celebrated on 14th day of Ramadan. Children chant traditional songs and roam around neighborhoods collecting candy.
The celebration created an atmosphere of fun and joy in line with QFA’s ongoing mission to reinforce Qatari culture and traditions and promote a sense of community.
QFA held Garangao gift-distribution from 8:30-10:00pm to allow children to get a chance to collect their share of candy.
Khalid Al Kuwari, Director of Marketing and Communications, said: “We are happy to be sharing the joy of this gift-giving day with hundreds of children and families. This is another example in which QFA reinforces the Qatari culture and ensures that it is portrayed to the public, both local and international.”
He added: “We are always seeking methods to reaffirm the importance of Qatari customs by hosting numerous QFA events that portray our rich culture locally and regionally. The main aim of this event is to bring people together on this very special occasion.”

 QFA delegation visits senior citizens

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A high level delegation of the Qatar Football Association (QFA) has completed a ‘fruitful’ visit of the Qatar Foundation to meet senior citizens.
Headed by Marketing Director Khalid Mubarak AlKuwari, the QFA delegation met with officials of QF and exchanged greetings with the elderly and presented gifts.
The trip was part of QFA’s social interaction with all segments of the society as the country gears up for Eid-Ul Fitr.
Al Kuwari said: ‘There is no doubt that this trip was beneficial for both parties. At QFA, nothing is more important than mixing with all members of the society, be it young or old. We want to maintain excellent relationship with all.’
He added: ‘We have undertaken such visits in the past and let me assure we will keep doing it. The QFA family headed by President Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa bin Ahmed Al Thani attaches great importance such work and meeting. This was just one of the many social programs we conducted during the holy month of Ramadan.’
Al Kuwari said: ‘More programs will be seen in the coming months as we get deep into the new football season that begins next month.’

 Hundreds of students flock to QFA kiosks in Doha

The Qatar Football Association (QFA) celebrated students’ return to the new school year under theQFA’s Back-to-School theme atLagoona and Landmark Malls by welcoming huge crowds over the weekend.
Hundreds of students and families gathered around QFA’s stands to collect their gifts ahead of the new school year.
QFA distributed fun back-to-school supplies to motivate students about the start of the new academic year.
QFA’s 2013/2014 sports season focuses heavily on social responsibility programmes and events for the different communities in Qatar.
Khalid Al Kuwari, Director of Marketing and Communications in QFA, said: “We are very happy to share this moment with enthusiastic school children who are eager about going back to school. QFA values education and truly believes that it’s mandatory and is the number one factor to every child’s prosperous future. This social responsibility event is another example that demonstrates QFA’s commitment to developing the community as a whole.”
He added: “Many of QFA’s social responsibility initiatives focus closely on schools and students as it is a tool for QFA to educate students about football in Qatar and how to lead a healthier lifestyle.”
Al Kuwari added: “We are targeting many schools across the country this year and will focus on Qatari and International schools.”
Mohammed Al Museifry, parent of a student said: “My children were happy with the gifts QFA distributed at Landmark in celebration of the start of the new school year. It’s a lovely thing to see a smile on our children’s faces as they collected their gifts.”
Um Faisal, mother of two students said: “I came into the mall to buy school supplies for the kids and was surprised to see that QFA is distributing school supplies. We thank them for the gifts.”
Student Ahmed Al Kubaisy said: “We loved the gifts we got. I even took some for my siblings.”
Another student Sultan Al Mannai said: “We all know that QFA has many events that focus on social responsibility and I personally follow all of QFA’s events seeing that I work in a local club. This specific event shows how QFA interacts with the community on a personal level by catering to the community’s needs.”

 QFA officials visit Al Noor institute for the blind 

 

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Top Qatar Football Association (QFA) officials joined Al Noor Institute for the Blind to celebrate the beginning of the new school year. A  fun-packed program was organized for the students to enjoy.
The distribution of the hundred gifts put a big smile on the students’ faces. Other activities included the presence of famous cartoon mascots.
Representatives from QFA attended the event and bonded with the staff and students by giving out gifts to different students and sharing knowledge about the significance of football in Qatar and the region.
QFA took a tour to see the amazing facility and get an insightful perspective of the different activities the students take part in throughout the year.
The tour included a visit to many workshops such as the sheltered workshop, arts and crafts workshop, kitchen, textiles workshop, and design and technology workshop, in which the students spend lots of time in to produce different products that can be sold at different exhibitions in Qatar.
A visit to the sports hall was part of the tour for QFA to witness the type of sports activities the students participate in.
Khalid Al Kuwari, Director of Marketing and Communications, said: “We are very grateful to have had the opportunity to celebrate the new school year with the students and staff of the Al Noor Institute for the Blind. It is our responsibility to give back to the community.”
He added: “To organize and see that the students are having a wonderful time is a gratifying experience for us. We hope that our work with the Al Noor Institute for the Blind will lead to more joint events and projects in the near future as it is part of our social responsibility program for this season. We want to involve the visually impaired students in our future events to help them develop a passion for football in Qatar.”
He also added: “We are targeting the diverse student demographics across the country this year and will focus heavily on promoting local football and how they can be a part of the whole experience.”
Dr. Hayat Khalil Nathar, Director of Al Noor Institute for the Blind, said: “We thank QFA for their support in organizing and funding this event for Al Noor Institute for the Blind. The event drew a big smile the students’ faces and for that we are happy.’
He added: ‘The students had a really good time and enjoyed the day’s program. They enjoyed receiving the gifts that QFA has distributed an we had a wonderful time with the cartoon mascots. We look forward to working with QFA on many future events.”
Established in 1998, this institute works to extend educational services to the blind to help them overcome their disability and prepare them to undertake more socially productive role.

 QFA join hands with Philippine school Doha to celebrate 21st anniversary

 

 

 

 

 

Qatar Football Association (QFA) celebrated thePSD@21 event organised to commemorate the21st anniversary of the Philippine School Doha (PSD) at AlGharafa Sports Club.
QFA supported the event by providing the venue for the school to host the event, trophies and shields for the winners of different competitions which included dance and sports day competitions.
QFA approached Al Noor Institute for the Blind students, to design and produce PSD and QFA branded shirts that were distributed to the staff to wear during the event, along with trophies and shields that were specially made for the event.
All profit made will go to the students of the Al Noor Institute as part of their skill development programs.
Attended by thousands of people, the event kick-started with a parade that witnessed the participation of Drum Corps and Qatar Scouts Board of Trustees, Ambassador, Administrators, Parent Teacher Body, Guests, HS Team Colors, Muses and Escorts.
Following the parade was a number of different activities such as the Primary Glee Club, Primary Dance Club, cake cutting ceremony, raising of banners of the different colour sports teams, and dance competitions for the secondary school.
PSD also celebrated sports day during PSD@21 anniversary.
The celebration was attended by Philippine Ambassador H.E. Cresente R. Relacion, School Principal Dr. Alexander S. Acosta, Chairman of Board of Trustees Mr. Gerardo P. Macasa Jr. and representatives from QFA.
Principal Dr. Alexander S. Acosta commented: “The management, students, teachers, parents and the Philippine Embassy headed by our Ambassador H.E. Cresente R. Relacion, and the entire Filipino community in Qatar would like to express their heartfelt gratitude to QFA for helping us realise our big activity for our foundation day celebration as PSD celebrates its 21st founding anniversary from September 27th – October 5th 2013. Rest assured, PSD will support QFA in any way we can as a way of extending our service to the host country, Qatar imbibing the school’s philosophy of service and excellence.”
Khalid Al Kuwari, Director of Marketing and Communications in QFA, said: “Firstly, I would like to congratulate the Philippine School Doha on their 21st anniversary and wish them the best of luck in the future. We are happy to collaborate with PSD to organise this event successfully for the students. Our vision at QFA is to ensure that the community partakes in sports activity to achieve living a healthy lifestyle. Our support to PSD@21 demonstrates our commitment to encouraging the youth in Qatar to participate in sports activity, specifically football. PSD focuses heavily on sport and the event today is an example that that illustrates PSD’s keenness to ensuring the students are healthy by involve themselves in the different sports activities that the school offers.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

QFA and Qatar Shell launch second season of Il’Ab We’Yana

 

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Qatar Football Association (QFA) and Qatar Shell announced the
kick-off of the second season of Il’Ab We’Yana (‘play with us’), an
extra-curricular school programme based on the FutbolNet methodology
created by FC Barcelona Foundation.

Il’Ab We’Yana uses football to develop healthy habits and encourage
positive behavioural change by providing children with an extra four
hours of non-competitive physical education per week.

Il’Ab We’Yana, a part of the broader KOORA TIME initiative that the
QFA and Qatar Shell announced last February, is a five-year initiative
designed to improve the health and well-being of Qatar’s youth through
football.

Il’Ab We’Yana will run for 24 weeks.

Sessions will be two hours in length and will be held twice a week
after school at five different venues across the country, ensuring
that sessions are easily accessible within each community.

The programme will provide each child with an additional 96 hours of
physical activity over its 24-week duration.

 

QFA Marks World Cancer Day

 

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A Qatar Football Association (QFA) delegation celebrated the World Cancer Day at Al Amal Cancer Hospital today with the cancer patients and survivors.

 

 

The celebration of the World Cancer Day was marked with distribution of gifts and PlayStation 3 consoles to hospitalized children. The visit also aimed to raise awareness about the disease, prevention, early detection, and treatments.

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 QFA organizes event for Singaporean, Malaysian communities 

 

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The Qatar Football Association (QFA) has concluded a new event that was contested by two of the communities residing in Qatar (Malaysian / Singaporean).

 

A friendly between two teams representing both communities was the highlight of the night, as the Malaysians managed to beat their Singaporean counterparts 5-1.

 

The new event was held as part of the festivities planned for the 2013/2013 season, which witnessed the official inauguration of the Qatar Amateur League.

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Cheque handed to Philippine’s  Typhoon victims

 

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Represented by Secretary General Mr. Saoud Al Mohannadi and board member Mr. Hani Balan; the Qatar Football Association handed over a cheque  for QR 245,760, the proceeds of Al Ahli’s most recent QSL match against Al Khor in aid of the victims of the Philippine’s Typhoon Haiyan.

 

Philippine’s ambassador to Qatar, Mr. Crescente R. Relacion, Mr. Ahmed Al Manai football director of Al Ahli Sports Club and other local football personalities were among the attendance in a press conference held specifically for the occasion at QSL headquarters.

 

Typhoon Haiyan, known as Typhoon Yolanda in the Philippines, is the second-deadliest Philippine typhoon on record and has so far claimed the lives of  more than 4,000.

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QFA partakes in launching universities league 

 

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Sponsored by Qatar 2022 Supreme Committee, the Qatar Universities
Football League was organised by Qatar Foundation, in collaboration
with QFA.

 

Organising this tournament with QF showcases QFA’s
commitment in nurturing the football culture in Qatar, especially
amongst the youth. It also highlights QFA’s efforts in encouraging the
youth to adopt a healthy lifestyle through playing football.

 

An award ceremony and dinner will be held immediately after the final
match at the Recreation Centre in Qatar Foundation (QF) to honour the
1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th place teams.