The QSFA launches sports activities all year round

The Qatar Sports for All Federation (QSFA) kicked off its year-round activities for the public on Thursday.

Speaking on the sidelines of the Najah Qatari Forum (Qatari Success Forum) at the Qatar National Convention Centre, QSFA activity manager Abdullah Al Dosari said The peninsula that they have sports activities all year round in four parks in the country, namely Aspire Park, Al Bidda, Al Rayyan, Lusail Arena, Oxygen Park and Luqta.

The program is called 365 Active Programme. Marathons are held at said parks every week and there are also free fitness classes with a community trainer who serves as a guide and mentor during training. Timing starts at 4 p.m.

“We have 575 sports activities for this year, accessible via our mobile application ‘QSFA’. organized every Thursday and Friday and we invite the public to come and join us,” he said.

The activities aim to guide individuals and communities towards appropriate physical activity using public parks as well as providing complementary health services in cooperation with relevant organizations.

The activities are free and open to all, professional athletes or amateurs. This year alone, Al Dosari explained that they mainly focus on girls. “Everyone can attend our weekly activities, we have different sports every week including cycling, football, shooting, paddle and volleyball, we also have an exercise coach. Every week we let’s modify these activities so that they have a variety of choices,” he said.

At the Lusail Arena, the timing of activities for men is from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., while for women it is from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

They have been running the program for two weeks now and Al Dosari revealed that the audience participation is outstanding. “We counted 25 people who joined in the first week, in the second week 240 people joined,” Al Dosari said.

The QSFA also launched a new program during the Najah Qatari Forum, which monitors the weight of individuals.

“We will track their weight four times a year and give them data after a few months whether they are improving or not. Next year on National Sports Day there will be awards for people who lose weight. We started this program for people to watch their weight and have a good diet,” he said.

Al Dosari explained that the activities throughout the year are aimed at young people. “We focus on young people for three reasons: to prevent future diseases and illnesses, to have a healthy lifestyle and for their well-being.

The QSFA mobile app is a guide to finding the best places to play sports as it provides an easy and interactive way to find directions and places to play sports. It also has a feature to track daily activities and monitor its progress.

Upcoming events and competitions include the QSFA Swimming Championship on March 8; QSFA fencing competition on March 12; Learn Football Skill – Naija East Playground on March 17; QSFA Padel Championship for Men on March 14; and Fursan Championship on March 26.

The QSFA was established in accordance with Resolution No. (47) of the Minister of Youth and Sports for the year 2015, “Establishing Qatar Sports for All Federation”.

It aims to raise awareness of the Sport for All concept and increase the number of participants in Qatari society who exercise regularly.

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Richard V. Johnson