15 Feb 2018 - 1:22
Qatar Football Association, Supreme Committee join hands with FA to develop football
DOHA: The Chairman of the English Football Association (The FA) met with Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy (SC) Secretary General H E Hassan Al Thawadi and Qatar Football Association President (QFA) H E Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa bin Ahmed Al Thani in Doha to sign Memorandums of Understanding (MoU). The partnership will help promote and improve football, share resources and expertise, develop knowledge, understanding and expansion of grassroots initiatives across the world and provide life skills to young and vulnerable people through combined CSR sporting programmes.
The FA Chairman, Greg Clarke, and the QFA President met yesterday to sign an MoU between the two associations at the home of Qatar’s football family at Al Bidda Tower in Doha. The signing ceremony was attended by Vice President of the QFA Saoud Al Mohannadi, General Secretary of the QFA Mansoor Al Ansari, Executive Director of the QFA President’s office Ali Dawood and Executive Director of Strategy and Institutional Development of the QFA Mushtaq Al Waeli.
The agreement focuses on cooperation and sharing of expertise in several key areas including football development, grassroots football, youth developments, women’s football, player performance and management and administration.
The FA and QFA will also focus on joint efforts to explore the possibility of organising friendly matches between the national teams across the different age groups.
Commenting on the agreement, the QFA President said: “We are proud to sign this cooperation agreement with The FA in order to develop our existing strong ties for the development and promotion of football in Qatar. This is a great opportunity for us to exchange experiences and expertise in different aspects including national teams, grassroots football, youth development and player performance which will have a direct positive impact on football ahead of the World Cup in Qatar.”
Clarke said: “The FA is pleased to commit to this knowledge-sharing partnership with the Qatar Football Association.
The FA Chairman and the SC Secretary General also signed an MoU during a special ceremony at Al Bidda Tower.
Under the terms of the MoU, the SC will explore ways for The FA to become involved in Generation Amazing, the SC’s football development programme that operates in Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, Nepal and Pakistan, building footballing infrastructure and using sport to address social issues in line with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. The MoU also includes the delivery of leadership programmes hosted by The FA and access to coach development support, among other things.
Meanwhile, the SC will invite players, coaches and/or relevant staff members from The FA to attend its key events in Qatar and other Generation Amazing countries and support FA Education in its international development.
Al Thawadi said: “During my visit to the UK, I was delighted to see that our organisations shared the same vision of ensuring that we use the power of football to help create opportunities in education, health and many other areas for disadvantaged young people from impoverished backgrounds.”
“Through Generation Amazing, our own football for development programme launched in 2009, we have been striving to do just that and the programme has already benefitted over 35,000 young people. The FA has a long history of making a real difference through grassroots footballing initiatives and there is no clearer example of this than their Parklife programme, which I witnessed first-hand when I visited their first ‘Parklife Football Hub’ in Sheffield.
FA Chairman Greg Clarke said: “The FA is pleased to support the work of the Supreme Committee as they look beyond the World Cup in 2022 and consider its legacy. One area of this legacy is increasing football participation, and as we know well in England, this is highly reliant on the provision of facilities. We look forward to sharing our experiences in this area.
Clarke also visited the Khalifa International Stadium – the first 2022 FIFA World Cup stadium to open – and the adjoining Aspire Zone for a tour of the facilities. He also visited the SC’s Legacy Pavilion in Al Bidda Tower, to see for himself the plans in place for 2022 and beyond.
The British Ambassador to Qatar, HE Ajay Sharma joined the delegation for the tour and signing ceremonies. He said: “I am delighted that the English Football Association has signed MoUs with the Qatar Football Association and the SC during the visit to Doha of the FA chairman Greg Clarke. This will mark the beginning of even deeper cooperation between our two countries, and underlines the UK’s support for Qatar in delivering a successful World Cup 2022.”