The seminar focused on five teaching modules that encourage healthy living – ranging from how to hydrate properly to maintaining an active lifestyle – through football. Over 130 local coaches from the QFA and Qatar Women’s Sports Committee, including both Qatari men and women, attended the seminar and improved their knowledge-base and teaching skills.
This season, they will use their newly refined expertise to coach and measure the programme’s impact on over 2000 Koora Time participants, per week – over 500 more than 2017-18 – at participating schools across the country. In addition, from now until March, the Aspire Zone will host exciting, fun, fully-coached football sessions on Fridays and Saturdays between 0800 and 1000, open to everyone under 17 years of age in Qatar. Throughout, Koora Time coaches will be able to provide parents with advice and recommendations on healthy living, including hydration, healthy diet, healthy relationships, an active lifestyle and disease prevention.
Koora Time was developed by Qatar Shell in partnership with the Qatar Football Association. It is designed to improve the health and well-being of young people in Qatar through football. Koora Time is based on FC Barcelona Foundation’s FutbolNet methodology which uses soccer and other sports-related activities as tools for reflection and agents of change to improve the life of children and young people. It provides children with an extra 72 hours of extra-curricular physical education per year. Since its launch in March 2013, with 8 venues in total, the programme has grown to be held at 30 venues across Qatar. The programme has benefitted over 20,000 children across Qatar, and last year’s season saw a reduction in Body Mass Index (BMI – a standard measure of health based on height and weight) of 93% of participants. It also saw 1,500 participants attend weekly and of those, 50% were girls: proving football is not just a boy’s game.
In recognition of its positive impact on the health of youth, Koora Time has been the recipient of numerous awards including the 2014 & 2016 ‘Sports Industry Award’ for Best CSR Initiative, the 2015 ‘CSR Award Qatar’ for Best CSR Impact Initiative, the 2014 ‘Dar Al Sharq Corporate Social Responsibility Award’ for the Best Sports Initiative, the 2014, 2016 & 2017 ‘AFC Dream of Asia Award’ in the area of social responsibility, and the 2017 ‘QFA Awards’ for best CSR programme.
To find out more about Koora Time or to register your child for the award-winning and impactful programme, please visit www.kooratime.qa.