AFC Dream Asia 2016: Qatar
Abu Dhabi: The Qatar Football Association (QFA) has been named winner of the AFC Dream Asia Award at the AFC Annual Awards 2016 gala event in Abu Dhabi on Thursday.
The QFA claimed this year’s social responsibility accolade ahead of two other nominees - Japan and Korea Football Associations.
Qatar’s Koora Time initiative, which won the Best Corporate Social Responsibility Award at the Sports Industry Awards 2016 back in March, is a five-year sustainable programme designed to improve the health and wellbeing of Qatar’s youth through football.
The initiative provides access to additional hours of physical activity as well as more opportunities and spaces to play football. The flagship programme provides each child with an additional 72 hours of physical activity over its 18-week duration.
Qatar has also engaged in empowering youth through football, managerial skills and development through Reach Out To Asia (ROTA), a charity organisation.
The QFA has extended its contribution to society by donating ticket sales proceeds from the Emir Cup to ROTA who passed on the donation to victims of the recent Nepal earthquake.
The prestigious AFC Dream Asia Award is given to an outstanding Member Association in recognition and appreciation of its social development work through football.