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Shell and FC Barcelona’s FutbolNet Programme to Continue in Oman
From left to right: Wael Sawan (Managing Director and Chairman of Qatar Shell Companies), Josep Maria Bartomeu (President of FC Barcelona),Ramon Pont (Vice-President of Fundació FC Barcelona)
After two successful years of running the FutbolNet youth programme in Oman, an agreement has been made between Shell and FC Barcelona to extend the award winning extracurricular school programme in the country. The programme will also continue running in Qatar, Iraq and Saudi Arabia. The aim of the FutbolNet programme is to contribute to the social development of young people in the region.
FutbolNet uses football to promote life and leadership skills including commitment, respect, tolerance, teamwork and responsibility amongst children and teenagers. In Oman, the programme particularly seeks to transmit life and leadership skills to young people to better their chances of future opportunities and develop their sense of responsibility towards society. The programme is held in six training hubs across Oman. These hubs are located in Bideya, Barka, Sohar, Ibri, Fanjah and Muscat.
The extension of the programme in Oman follows the incredible success of FutbolNet in the region over the past two seasons. Institut DEP, an independent sports education research agency, recently published positive findings demonstrating that the programme has had a significant impact on participants in areas of Body Mass Index (BMI), academic performance and participant and parent satisfaction.
Josep Maria Bartomeu, President of FC Barcelona, said: “We are very satisfied to continue our alliance with Shell. It is very gratifying that the joint venture of these two important entities has the children of Middle East as the beneficiaries. We always think at them when we work to make from football something else than scoring goals, but a tool for the personal growth of girls and boys worldwide.”
Commenting on the extension of the FutbolNet agreement, Chris Breeze, Shell Oman Country Chairman, said “I am pleased to announce the continuation of the FutbolNet initiative in Oman. Hundreds of young people across Oman are benefiting from this award winning programme, which provides them with a learning platform that is safe and fun. The programme’s success in Oman is a result of our partnership with the FC Barcelona Foundation, Oman’s Ministry of Sports Affairs and Ministry of Education, the Oman Football Association and Oman’s youth.”
FutbolNet was officially recognised at the Sport Industry Awards 2014 earlier this year, winning the ‘Best Youth Development Initiative’ award. The third FutbolNet seasons in Qatar and Oman began in October, while Iraq and Saudi Arabia will kick off in the new year.
Shell is active in Oman across the oil and gas industry and is involved in joint venture and independent activities ranging from research and development, exploration and production to trading and retail. Shell also implements extensive social investment programmes that contribute to the sustainable development of the country. For more information about Shell in Oman, visit http://www.shell.com/oman."
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