Promotional Festival at Qatar ExxonMobil Open 2012

nadal in katara, Qatar

Wednesday, January 4, 2012 – Doha, Qatar –

For the first time in  Qatar ExxonMobil Open history, the tournament held a preschool  promotional festival during the tournament for boys and girls from 11  area preschools, aged 4 and 5 years old. 600 children took part in a  2-hours session from 9-11am this morning that included multiple  activities – fun in the Kid’s Zone, face painting, drawing,  entertainment by clowns, and plenty of tennis and fitness instruction.  Healthy meals were provided and each child was given a gift at the end  of the session. With 95% of the children being Qatari, it was a huge  success in exposing local youth to the game. 25 coaches and volunteers  took part to make it a memorable day for all the kids.

Khaled Al  Khelaifi, Qatar Tennis Federation Board Member and the Head of National  Teams, is the force behind the initiatives to grow the game of tennis  in Qatar, “We hold promotional festivals throughout the year in Doha and  the Qatar ExxonMobil Open 2012 gives us the perfect opportunity to  expose youngsters to all that tennis has to offer. They can experience  the fun of the game, see current stars in action and be inspired to  pursue their own tennis goals.” Six to seven of these promotional events  are held throughout the year as part of the Tennis 10s initiative –  10-and-under tennis headed by Captain Wahid to introduce children under  10 years of age to the game.

Federer with Tennis Kids in Doha, 2012

This is all in line with the  strategy of the National Team to grow and promote the game of tennis in  Qatar and identify Qatari talent to take to the next level of tennis.  There is a protocol agreement with local schools where National Team  coaches go to these schools once a week to teach tennis. These schools  are chosen by their geographic location to clubs that will reintroduce  tennis in September 2012. Tennis has not been in the clubs since 1992  but later this year, tennis will make a big comeback and children at the  local schools will have a familiarity and awareness of the sport thanks  to the exposure they have received through the initiatives of the Qatar  Tennis Federation. High caliber tennis players are brought up in the  club system internationally and with tennis coming back to the clubs  later this year, the strategy is to due the same in Doha.
Khaled  Al Khelaifi thanked the media for their continued support in brining  attention to the efforts and initiatives of the National Team as they  create programs for the future stars of Qatar tennis. Another  promotional festival will be held tomorrow for 12 elementary schools.  Over 700 children aged six and seven years old are expected attend.

About Qatar Tennis Federation The  overall mission of the Qatar Tennis Federation (QTF) is to provide  young Qatari tennis players with the best resources and opportunities  available to reach their maximum potential and compete in renowned  tennis tournaments locally, regionally and internationally. In addition  the Qatar Tennis Federation is fully committed to elevate the level of  tennis in the country and to turn tennis into the preferred sport among  the community of Qatar.



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