Posted on March 18, 2013

Standard Chartered Bank, sponsors of Liverpool Football Club and Park House English School announced yesterday a community initiative to build a football school for all children in Qatar.

Students of On the Ball football school, a Park House community initiative sponsored by Standard Chartered, were amazed to have their coaching session taken over today by Liverpool Football Club Foundation Coach Karl Carney and International Activities Manager Forbes Duff.

Standard Chartered is an active member of the community in Qatar. The bank supports projects that focus on the socio-economic development of youth with a heavy emphasis on health and education. Children across all schools in Doha participating in the On The Ball football program today benefited from the international expertise of the LFC Foundation.

Afif Ramadan, Acting CEO for Standard Chartered Bank in Qatar said, “We are delighted to be associated with On the Ball. The aspirations of the programme mirror Standard Chartered’s, in that we believe in investing back in the communities where we do business. Our children are our future and engaging them in after school activities such as On the Ball, will teach them not just football skills, but important life skills like team work and fair play”.

Afif added, “Our partnership with Liverpool FC and the Foundation is a success mainly due to our shared values and commitment to our local community. For this reason, children that are part of On the Ball will benefit additionally from coaching skills provided by the LFC Foundation coaches. In the last four months, Standard Chartered has organised coaching clinics for over 550 children from different schools in Doha and we will continue to provide this, possibly once in a lifetime experience, to children of all ages and skill levels that demonstrate an interest in football”. 

“We are thrilled to launch our third community initiative and excited to have such a forward thinking sponsors such as Standard Chartered, Park House English School, and the support of football giant Liverpool Football Club. Park House has been in Qatar for a long time and is delighted to be building community focused initiatives in football, rugby and swimming. We have every intention of pushing these initiatives across Doha and Qatar giving all children access to fantastic sporting programmes" said school Director Niall Brennan, son of the founder Heather Brennan.

“Today has been great. Seeing the smiles on the children’s faces has been fantastic, and it has been a real opportunity to highlight the positive work being done by the Liverpool FC Foundation. It’s very important for players and coaches to give something back to the community,” said Karl Carney.

Forbes Duff, International Activity Manager added: “The Foundation improves people’s lives by providing a range of football related initiatives that will inspire positive change. Today’s sessions are about giving young people a chance to get involved, socialise and enjoy their sport. Giving children this opportunity is something that we are extremely proud of.” 

Investing in the future of Qatar and giving back to the community are the driving forces behind the partnership agreement in order to enrich the lives of children through sports and team activities. Sport activities help the children gain the experiences and skills required to grow and develop into well-rounded young adults, with the tools needed to reach their full potential.

The On the Ball football school is a new kind of club dedicated to developing sophisticated football skills in a challenging yet fun environment. “We are working with the children while maintaining our core values; The On the Ball football sessions encourage team activities while developing problem solving skills, cooperation and fair play,” said Graham Rennie, Head Coach for On The Ball. 

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