Doha, March 30- The Qatar 2022 Supreme Committee in cooperation with the Qatar Stars League are partnering with QSports Leagues to organise the 1st Qatar Workers Football Cup, which kicked off on Friday 29 March at 15:00 at Al Rayyan Stadium.
This event will continue until the final match day and trophy ceremony on April 13th 2013.The tournament forms part of an important community outreach program that intends to demonstrate how companies and their employees can work together to improve overall health and wellbeing through participation in sport.
”We are continuing to use football as a tool to improve peoples lives across every segment of society,” said Saud Al Attiyah, Legacy Director for the Qatar 2022 Supreme Committee, “This tournament is a pilot program and a small part of our legacy planning that shows the power of football to improve individual livelihoods. We hope companies encourage their workers to practice and play internal matches in order to have even more competitive teams for next years edition.”
“And, by fostering healthy lifestyles through football, the 2022 FIFA World Cup is acting as a catalyst for positive change all over the country,” he added.
The Qatar Workers Football Cup is part of the Qatar Stars Leagues new community football program launched in February.
Abdulrahman Al Dosari, Chief Commercial Officer for the Qatar Stars League, believes it is an initiative that could transform the way people feel about football in Qatar:
”This is part of an inspiring programme aimed at getting more communities in Qatar involved in football. This is something we really believe can work. It is important we focus on people who are here in Qatar already and people who will arrive in the future. We must work hard to build relationships all the time.”
The tournament will feature 16 teams of 18 players each and give those involved an opportunity to represent their company in the first event of its kind in the region. While companies had to put up an entry fee of 6000QR, the workers themselves paid none of that amount. They do however have the opportunity to win prizes of up to 18.000QR for the winning side, to be divided equally between each of the players, with 9000QR and 6000QR respectively being the prizes for second and third place. The best player and best goalkeeper will each receive 1500QR.
And for the Qatar 2022 Supreme Committee, this tournament is just an example of the comprehensive way in which the organisation aims to engage with and integrate Qatars community.
“We value greatly and believe that positive relations between companies and their employees are a crucial part of the road ahead towards delivering an outstanding and unforgettable experience during the FIFA World Cup,” said Yasir Al Jamal, Technical Director for the Qatar 2022 Supreme Committee.
”Moreover, we have already completed a Workers Charter that enshrines both the health and wellbeing, and safety and security of all workers that will be implemented across all our projects. It has the support of all relevant government stakeholders and will be introduced to the public in the coming weeks.”
With the semi-finals scheduled for Friday 12 April at Al Rayyan Club, the tournament reaches a grand finale on April 13 with the third place playoff and final. Both are expected to be played around a Qatar Stars League match, which will further enhance the interaction between professional footballers and the rest of the community.
”We believe the Qatar Workers Football Cup is an amazing opportunity to partner with the Qatar 2022 Supreme Committee and the Qatar Stars League in delivering a unique and pioneering football tournament, which creates the chance for all segments of Qatars society to participate in an exciting sporting event,” said Ghanim Al Mohannadi, Chairman and Founder, QSports Leagues.
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