Third stage of ‘Be An Athlete’ programme kicks off

Doha, Qatar: The Qatar Olympic Committee (QOC) and Ministry of Education and Higher Education launched the third stage of Kun Riyadi ('Be an Athlete') for the school year 2019-2020 on Thursday.

HE Dr. Thani Al Kuwari, Second-Vice President of Qatar Olympic Committee (QOC), HE Jassim Rashid Al Buainain, the QOC Secretary-General and HE Dr. Ibrahim Al Nuaimi, Undersecretary of Ministry of Education and Higher Education attended the event.

Be An Athlete is Qatar's unique Athlete Development Pathway that aims to produce Qatari sporting champions. The program focuses on sports development amongst 0-7-year-olds and will be rolled out across Qatar's nurseries and schools, to get their interest going in sport from the earliest possible age.

 'Kun Riyadi' aims to provide an opportunity for sports participation and development from the earliest stage of childhood. The Athlete Development Pathway (ADP) is a fundamental part of QOC's new vision and direction for sport, which strives to achieve Qatari sporting success at every level. Identifying, developing and nurturing talented athletes at every stage of their career is key to ensuring that they reach their full potential but before that, it is vital that the kids enjoy and love sport from the youngest possible age. 

The ADP was launched in November 2016 by the QOC and Aspire Academy and was a result of a three-year project involving the input of multiple stakeholders, sporting entities and world-class sport development experts from the Aspire Academy to create a framework unique for Qatar.

Kun Riyadi is a fantastic initiative to ensure that all Qatari sporting talent is identified and developed and that every child can enjoy as much sport as possible.

The Qatar ADP is a five-stage model that provides a comprehensive framework for developing skills at critical periods in an athlete's development from early childhood to post-retirement. The next phases after Quality see participants aged 8-12 develop a foundation of different skills to serve them in a range of sports, before a tailored programme is provided to children's individual needs from 13-18 years of age.

At 19, tailored practice, training, competition, and recovery regimes are provided ensuring that athletes maximise their potential. The final stage of development ensures that athletes remain active after their careers and impart their knowledge and experience to future generations participating in the pathway.??

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