QFA and Qatargas Organise “Qatargas League Fanzone” in Al Khor Stadium
DOHA: Qatar Football Association (QFA) and Qatargas will jointly host a mega Qatargas League Fanzone on Saturday (21 November 2015) at Al Khor Stadium on the occasion of the Qatargas League match between Umm Salal and Al Shahania. The Fanzone will offer people of all ages from Al Khor and Al Thakhira communities a wide range of recreational activities and games.
The Qatargas League Fanzone will be located outside gate 3 of the stadium and will have a capacity of 3,000 people.
The Fanzone will feature a range of activities including bubble football, tennis football, bucket ball, human bowling, dribble goal, batak wall, speed cage, face painting, drawing competition for children and many more. A big food corner will be situated in the centre of the Fanzone selling hotdogs, pop corn, burgers, shawerma and snacks.
Organising this Fanzone falls under QFA’s CSR strategy which is to involve all segments of local community in the tournaments and competitions organized by QFA.
A junior five-a-side football tournament which brings together 8 teams from Al Khor Community will take place on the same day at the training pitch of Al Khor Stadium. The registered teams consist of residents in Al Khor community and the winning teams will receive medals.
QFA and Qatargas are giving a unique opportunity to Al Khor community girls and boys between the ages of 8 and 10 years to be part of the game and escort the Umm Salal and Al Shahania players onto the pitch. The 22 escort kids will have to register at Al Waha club in the Al Khor Community compound and will be selected by an anonymous draw.
In an attempt to involve the community heavily in the football events organised, QFA and Qatargas have reached out to the Al Khor community residents by giving them the opportunity to volunteer in the Fanzone and run the games and activities.
Kicking off at 4pm, the Qatargas League match between Umm Salal and Al Shahania will feature a special cultural dance from Indonesia during the half time.
Hamad Al Kuwari, Director of Marketing and Communications in QFA commented: “We are very excited to launch another event with our partners, Qatargas. Organising the mega Qatargas League Fanzone is part of QFA’s CSR strategy which aims to constantly leverage on its existing partnerships to educate the communities about the positive values of playing football.”
He added: “The Fanzone is free entry and the games and activities offered are suitable for all ages. We have split the area into different sections, where some of the activities will take place on the training pitch such as the junior football tournament while others will take place outside the training pitch. There is also a dedicated section on the training pitch that is there for everyone to just come and play football in a fun environment.”
Azam Abdul Aziz Al-Mannai, Qatargas Public Relations Manager, said: “Qatargas is delighted to partner with Qatar Football Association to jointly host this grand recreational activity for residents of the Al Khor and Al Dhakhira communities. The Qatargas League Fanzone is a unique platform to educate the general public, especially the younger generation, on the benefits of sports and to drive home the importance of pursuing a healthy lifestyle. Apart from supporting QFA to organise the Qatargas League over the past three years, we are also utilizing different avenues offered by the game to engage our local communities. All these form part of our corporate social responsibility strategy which is aligned with the objectives of the human and social development pillars of the Qatar National Vision 2030.”
QFA recognizes the importance of a healthy lifestyle and, therefore, partners with local entities and corporations such as Qatargas to develop long-term sustainable capacity that will contribute to Qatar’s Human Development pillar, to promote sports and improve physical and mental health and well-being of the community members. One way QFA has achieved its objective to educate the Al Khor and Al Thakhira communities about the adoption of a healthy lifestyle through football, was by introducing different CSR programs which uses football as a tool to develop healthy habits and positive behavioral change.
QFA and Qatargas’ partnership began in 2013 when a three year agreement was signed during a press conference in Al Bidda Tower whereby Qatargas bought the naming rights of one of QFA’s leagues. This agreement changed the name of the league, previously known as the “Q League” to “Qatargas League”.