Qatar Football Association (QFA) and Qatar Shell celebrated this year’s National Sport Day with a KOORA TIME ‘Winner Stays On’ football tournament. The event held at Aspire Zone was officially kicked off by His Excellency Dr. Mohammed Saleh Al-Sada, Minister of Energy and Industry Affairs.
The ‘Winner Stays On’ football tournament ran for eight consecutive hours and was open to men, women, and children of all ages and athletic abilities. The competition brought together over 4500 participants from around the country and all for the same purpose, a shared love of football.
KOORA TIME’s National Sport Day activities also featured a comprehensive fan zone area, offering numerous fun and non-football related activities, including Human Foosball, Volleyball, and Aerobics.
The football tournament was part of KOORA TIME, a five-year sustainable initiative designed to improve the health and wellbeing of Qatar’s youth through football. The community-inspired initiative supports the Social and Human Development pillar of the Qatar National Vision 2030 and the National Development Strategy (NDS) by engaging Qatar’s youth at every stage of their lives.
KOORA TIME was recently recognised for its positive contribution to Qatari society. The programme received the AFC Dream of Asia Award for its corporate social responsibility activities and won the Dar Al Sharq National CSR Award for Best Sports Initiative in the country.
Furthermore, in 2014, its flagship programme Il’Ab We’Yana was awarded the ‘Best Youth Development Initiative’ at the Sport Industry Awards after findings published by an independent sports education research agency showed that the initiative had significantly improved the Body Mass Index (BMI) rate of 89% of participants.
National Sport Day was inaugurated in 2012 by HH The Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani to promote the importance of sport and physical activity in leading a healthy and active lifestyle.
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