Introducing the second day’s programme at Doha GOALS, Hilal Al Kuwairi, President of Aspire Zone Foundation said that while a number of recommendations had come out of the opening day sessions, one absolute was the undisputed evidence that sports brings people together, brings societies together, empowers people especially the youth, and encourages peace and development.
“Yesterday, we at Aspire felt extremely proud to host a gathering like this … where we witnessed the start of a new community,” he said. “We were pleased to hear several speakers describe how sport can be used as key driver for development as this is at the heart of what we do at Aspire.”
Speaking of a programme to develop African football talent to help the players build a better future, he described that this was extended to ensure their families and communities benefitted at the same time, adding: “We can change lives through sport.”
Al Kuwari also spoke of the legacy of the Aspire Zone Foundation which was dedicated not only to developing sports champions but also to the promotion of a healthy lifestyle, reaching out on a daily basis to the multi-cultural community in Qatar, as well as developing specialized facilities such as the Aspetar orthopaedic and sports medicine hospital, the first in the Gulf region and among the top worldwide.
“This is all part of our national vision - and Aspire will continue to grow through partnership and by joining hands to come up with a unifying sports agenda," he concluded.