Posted on February 06, 2019

Qatar Football Association (QFA) and Qatar Shell offer an array of fun-filled family activities as part of the award-winning Koora Time programme at Katara during National Sports Day. Last year, over 7,000 people flocked to the sporting spectacular and, this time round, organisers are confident of surpassing this record with the support of the local community.

“We are immensely proud of our Koora Time initiative which, over the past seven years, has transformed the fitness and nutrition habits of an entire generation of children in Qatar,” said Khalid Mubarak Al-Kawari, Director of Communication and Marketing, QFA. “For National Sport Day 2019, the Koora Time ‘event’ will take community participation to a whole new level, and I am really looking forward to welcoming Qatar’s residents to this outstanding sporting spectacle.”

Koora Time promotes an active lifestyle among Qatar’s young people through participation in football and nutritional education, creating a healthier population for the future,” said Andrew Faulkner, Managing Director and Chairman of Qatar Shell Companies. “It’s great to showcase the programme that contributes to Qatar National Vision 2030 to a larger audience during the National Sport Day activities at Katara.” The Koora Time ‘event’ will be open from 8am to 6pm on Tuesday 12th February at Katara, and participants are encouraged to get there early to make the most of a day devoted to the celebration of sport.

A variety of football and fitness activities for all age groups will play out in a fun and non-competitive environment. Two football pitches, including one dedicated to children aged 12 and under, will feature several tournaments, in addition to six other football-related games. These include Robo Goalkeeper, which requires participants to try and score against a robotic goalkeeper defending the goal in a seesaw motion. Other activities include Chip Shot, where up to four participants divided into two teams must chip a ball into one of several football-sized holes.

Families will also have the opportunity to participate in fitness classes that will run throughout the day, promoting a healthy lifestyle for the whole family. Children will take souvenirs back home in the form of photos as part of the Dive and Save activity, where participants are photographed as a keeper making an amazing last-ditch save. Koora Time was developed by Qatar Shell in partnership with the Qatar Football Association, and the initiative has won eight CSR awards since 2014. It is designed to improve the health and wellbeing of young people in Qatar through football, and contributes to the Social Development pillar of the Qatar National Vision 2030.

Koora Time is based on FC Barcelona Foundation’s FutbolNet methodology and provides children with an extra 72 hours of extra-curricular physical education per year. Since its launch in March 2013, the programme has benefitted over 20,000 children across Qatar, and last year’s programme saw a reduction in Body Mass Index (BMI) of 93% of participants.

To find out more about Koora Time, or to register your child for the award-winning and impactful programme, please visit www.kooratime.qa.

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