Qatar Stars League (QSL), the highest professional league in Qatari football, attracted over 250 students to participate in the GOALZ Festivals, which are fun, football packed days designed to improve skills and get the country’s youth active, held at Qatar Sports Club on Friday 5th December and Saturday 13th December 2014.
GOALZ, a school football coaching programme initiated by Qatar Stars League in partnership with Evolution Soccer, attracted over 250 enthusiastic students from between 5 to 14 years old to take part in the latest GOALZ Festivals.
Increasing numbers of students are eager to attend and take part in GOALZ Festival which is organised five times a year. As a culmination of the six week school visits the students are able to showcase the skills they have learnt and further develop their learning through playing matches against the other participating GOALZ schools. During the festival days students benefitted from expert guidance from the GOALZ coaching professionals who use their experience to inspire talent and help build a strong and passionate base of football fans and players in Qatar.
Hassan Al Kawari, Head of Events, at Qatar Stars League commented, “We’re delighted at the growing success GOALZ is having in reaching out to the country’s youth; motivating them to participate in football and increase their levels of physical activity. Through GOALZ we aim to inspire every young person in Qatar to participate in football and fall in love with the game.”
Participants were separated into two events; the first on 5th December for participants aged between 7 to 11 years old and the coaches structured a competitive football tournament in which there were several honours ranging from winners, to awards that highlighted good sportsmanship and fair play.
The second part of the GOALZ Festivals was for the youngest students aged between 5 to 7 years old and included a fun day of non -competitive small sided games to purely focus on participation. Also provided on the day were several fun inflatables delivered by the Qatar Stars League Experience team to engage with the students and their families.
At the end of both days participants and their families were invited to watch Qatar Sports Club play in the Qatar Stars League. During the half time break there were special presentations for the participants in the GOALZ Festivals at pitch side in front of the fans.
GOALZ will continue to engage students across Qatar with by delivering in a further 32 schools, two more festivals and tournaments scheduled to take place in 2015.
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