Today’s FutbolNet Final Festival celebrates the hard work of the programme’s all-female training team and some 200 young people who participated, of which 80 percent were female.
The participants learn communication and leadership skills as well as important values such as respect, teamwork and commitment. A range of ages, they participate in physical activities and a community environment that promotes positive behaviour and a healthy lifestyle.
Speaking on the occasion, Mohammed Alzomaia, Business Relations and Corporate Development General Manager for Shell Saudi Arabia and Bahrain, said: “By developing the skills and character of young people and encouraging them to be healthy, FutbolNet has a positive contribution, in line with Shell’s values and the Saudi National Vision 2030”, adding that, “It has been inspiring to have such a great number of female participants this year.”
This year marked the seventh anniversary of Shell’s partnership with the Barça Foundation. Together, Shell and the Barça Foundation have launched the programme in several countries across the Middle East and North Africa, including Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Oman and Egypt. In total, some 18,000 boys and girls between the ages of 8 and 21 have taken part.
The FutbolNet Final Festival event is being held at the Prince Faisal Bin Fahd Stadium in Riyadh and will be attended by FutbolNet participants and their families, the programme’s coaches and volunteers and representatives from Shell Saudi Arabia and Barça Foundation. This year’s programme saw participation from students of Riyadh Najed School, Delta International School and Al Nahda School as well as women and teenagers from Al Nahda Society.
Mariona Miret, Head of Programs of Barça Foundation, said: “We are very pleased with the FutbolNet programme because it provides a way for children to practice sports and also has a highly social component. We are especially happy that we have so many girls participating this year.”
The FutbolNet Final Festival event will conclude with an award ceremony to recognise participants, coaches and volunteers for their hard work during the 2019 programme.
About the Barça Foundation
The Barça Foundation was launched in 1994 to support the children and youth of the most vulnerable social groups through sport and education in values, with the objective of contributing to a more just and inclusive society. The Barça Foundation frames its activities within the UN programmes Sport for Development and Sustainable Development Goals. The main action lines are educational access and support, violence prevention and conflict resolution in childhood and youth and combatting social exclusion and discrimination. Today, the Foundation reaches to more than 1,5 million beneficiaries around the world
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