The third-ever FIFA grassroots course in Qatar reached its conclusion on 8 May 2014 in Doha, with the participation of 30 Qatari coaches supervised by FIFA instructor Nihad Souqar (Jordan). The course, which follows the grassroots programmes organised in 2010 and 2012 in co-operation with FIFA, is part of the general plan of the Qatar Football Association (QFA) to promote football at youth level in the run-up to the 2022 FIFA World Cup™.
“The attention given to this course by the local sporting authorities and the commitment shown by all participants confirms the importance assigned by Qatar to the development of coaches and players at grassroots level within the scope of their 2022 project,” said Souqar.
The five-day activities covered practical and theoretical training in the areas of football coaching and organisation with the aim of empowering the participants to instruct their colleagues to run grassroots activities at clubs, schools and academies all over Qatar.
“Since the announcement of Qatar as the hosts of the 2022 FIFA World Cup we have seen a growing interest in football in the country. Grassroots plays a key role not only with regard to the education of coaches but also with a view to the overall growth of football in Qatar,” commented Ali Khalil, one of the course participants.
More than 200 children aged between 8 and 12 joined the grassroots festival that marked the end to the course that took place at the QFA Technical committee headquarters.
“The run-up to the FIFA competitions is an excellent platform to promote grassroots development. While FIFA has been organising regular development activities in the Middle East in the past years, the 2022 FIFA World Cup will give us an excellent opportunity to multiply the benefits of such initiatives in the region,” stated FIFA Head of Education and Technical Development Jürg Nepfer.
A total of 6,000 coaches and 50,000 children are set to benefit from about 100 grassroots courses and 150 festivals that FIFA has planned to organise worldwide during 2014.