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Friday, January 14, 2011

School Challenge recruits over 150 hockey kids

School Challenge recruits over 150 hockey kids Print E-mail
Friday, 14 January 2011 16:47
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Mohamed Abdul Nazer (far left) and the Qatar Hockey Academy kids taking part in the Dream Asia School Challenge.
Doha: More than 150 children from the Qatar Hockey Academy will take part in the AFC Dream Asia School Challenge which will be held at the Aspire Park here from January 20 to 28 in conjunction with the AFC Asian Cup Qatar 2011™ finals.

Mohamed Abdul Nazer, the Parents Representative of the School Challenge, is responsible in sending the students to the project which puts together Qatar’s school teams in football competitions as the AFC extends its social responsibility efforts into the local community.
The-AFC.com on Thursday spoke to Abdul Nazer, a Qatar Petroleum Offshore Lead Civil Engineer from India, who is also General Secretary and founder of the Qatar Hockey Academy.

Below is an excerpt of his interview:

Q - What motivates you to join the project?

A - Helping children develop has always appealed to me and I consider it quality time spent with the children. Kids are free from politics and love fun especially sporting fun. When I heard about the AFC Dream Asia School Challenge, I was keen to be associated with it. Though there are ample opportunities, children in the Middle East are very seldom exposed to outdoor sports and this seems a good way to introduce the kids to the great game.

Q - What is the role of football in youth development?

A - Sport is one of the best ways of youth development. It not only helps physical development but also relieves mental stress, improves concentration, builds stamina, helps in communication, team spirit and helps build leadership qualities.

Football can be a useful tool to help youth development. Football is surely the number one game in the world with the most celebrities and sporting icons. Children can be easily introduced to football and guided into sporting activities.

If properly sustained this AFC initiative could help provide to the youth exposure to the Qatar Government’s sports facilities and the sporting bodies too could benefit by getting youngsters to come and watch the local leagues and other matches on which huge amounts of money are being spent.

Q - What does “football is more than just a game” mean in terms of youth and social development?

A - Like I have mentioned before, football is more than just a game. It is a huge industry which provides a living to plenty of people the world over. It is one of the best forms of entertainment and a great form of physical and mental exercise apart from being one of the best paid professions in the world.


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