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Posted On: 17 March 2013 03:10 pm
Updated On: 12 November 2020 02:12 pm

QFA adopts Barcelona methodology for schools through Il Ab yana

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Qatar Football Association (QFA) and Qatar Shell officially launched Il Ab We Yana, an extra-curricular school programme based on the FutbolNet methodology. This FutbolNet methodology was created by FC Barcelona Foundation, which uses football as a means to develop healthy habits and positive behavioural change, providing children with an extra four hours of non-competitive physical education per week. Saoud Al Mohannadi, General Secretary of QFA, said that launching “Il Ab We Yanae” program in partnership with Qatar Shell has achieved a great success and thanked all schools that contributed to achieving that success to such an important program, stressing the importance of encouraging children to change such a positive behaviour through football. For his part, Wael Sawan, the Managing Director and Chairman of Qatar Shell Companies lauded the widescale positive response on part of children with Il Ab We Yana program and highlighted the launching of the FutbolNet methodology to promote a Youth-Focused Initiative Promoting a Healthy and Active Lifestyle through Football. Il Ab We Yana (meaning Play With Us), which is part of the broader KOORA TIME initiative announced by the QFA and Qatar Shell in February, has been launched with three kick-off festivals in Doha and Al Khor. The festivals were attended by 1,000 children aged 7 to 12 years from 33 schools across Qatar. Il Ab We Yana will run for 40 weeks. Sessions will be two hours in length and will be held twice a week after school at 14 different venues across the country ensuring sessions are easily accessible within each community. The programme will therefore provide each child with an additional 160 hours of physical activity over its 40 weeks duration. Il Ab We Yana will provide participants with six teaching modules, focusing on water and hydration; fruits, vegetables, and grains; harmful effects of fast food and snacks; fat and sugar; breakfast and sleep; and tobacco, as well as footballing tips for a healthy lifestyle. see more : Qatar Chronicle