March 2014: Within the framework of adopting sports concept to focus on achieving educational goals, Reach Out To Asia, Qatar’s leading non-profit organization and the Qatar Football Association (QFA), the governing body of football in Qatar, signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) that sets out the commitment of both parties to support the advancement of youth capabilities and furthering long-term development and leadership capacity-building.
The agreement was signed by Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa bin Ahmed Al Thani, President of QFA and ROTA Executive Director Mr. Essa Al Mannai at Al Bidda Tower.
Commenting on the occasion, Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa bin Ahmed Al Thani, President of QFA said: “Our partnership agreement with ROTA is another example of QFA’s commitment to mark social responsibility programs one of the key priorities in its vision. QFA has introduced countless social responsibility programs with several local entities. Our work with ROTA is one of a kind as we will jointly aim to reach different communities locally and regionally while making QFA’s 2021 vision a reality. Football, Education and Culture, the inseparable trio, encourage cultural exchange and promote the diversity of cultures; we are sure that partnering with ROTA will achieve this social goal locally and internationally.”
He added: “QFA’s obligation is to encourage all sectors of the local and regional community to participate in the most popular game in the world through merging of football within the local and regional community through purposeful social programs, involving all segments of the local and regional community in the tournaments and competitions organized by QFA and ROTA. QFA and ROTA’s partnership aims to introduce the football culture, sports education, sportsmanship and positive values of football to all local and regional communities through organising football-related initiatives.
ROTA has always considered sports, precisely football as an education tool that can be utilized for the benefit of developing international education. ROTA’s experiences in many countries such as Nepal, Pakistan and other countries have shown that sports can be an effective low-cost tool to address the challenges of development and peace, and move forward in achieving the Millennium development goals set by the United Nations.
Research shows that theoretical integration of sports, specifically football in educational programs contributes in accomplishing positive results in the physical, social and knowledge development of children and youth.
Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Al Mannai said: “We are delighted to sign an agreement with Qatar Football Association that aims to increase awareness about the importance of exercise and leading a healthy lifestyle by playing an active sport like football. We are committed to providing a platform for community events that youth can participate in, so they can learn more about the importance of playing football”.
Al Mannai added: “We meet today because there is a common purpose that brings our two successful entities together. We are two responsible institutions aware of our leading role and what the local and international communities are requiring from both of us, as being part of the State of Qatar, a country with a rational leadership that provided us with the 2030 clear national vision for the future”.
Elaborating on the agreement, Al Mannai noted: “We will set up an initial plan that will identify the areas of cooperation and partnership locally and internationally. This agreement will make giant strides in the activities of ROTA, especially with the encouragement of the government in fields of sports and individual’s attitude. The agreement will also include donation in the form of sports equipment to one of ROTA projects in Asia, through QFA”.
During the four seasons of executing this agreement, ROTA and QFA will announce the programs and activities of the agreement through media and social media to promote the countless events and initiatives that the two parties will organize in aim to support social, educational, and sport fields to develop the unprivileged communities.
The MoU is the beginning of real partnership between ROTA and QFA to accomplish the noble goals that the two originations are aiming to realize. The most important of those goals is enable Qatar’s and Asia’s children and youth improve their lives through the participation in football.
- ILQ News -
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