“Football is a shared passion in Qatar and in the UK, creating leaders on and off the pitch, showcasing talent and encouraging healthy lifestyles. This tournament offered talented young athletes from both countries the opportunity to meet, compete and learn from each other – deepening athletic and cultural ties between the two nations for years to come.” Marwa El-Tanbouly, Project Manager, British Council.
Following the success of Premier Skills, the International Hadaf Football Tournament was organised by the British Council in partnership with Evolution Soccer and Aspire Academy.
Three UK teams, from Manchester Grammar School (MGS), Shrewsbury School, and Oldham Hulme Grammar School, travelled to Doha to compete with local youth teams, Evolution Soccer, the American School of Doha, and QUESS, in an under-17s competition. Off the pitch, they enjoyed a programme of cultural activities, learning more about Qatar’s heritage and plans for the future - including World Cup 2022.
After demonstrations of great skill and sportsmanship from all teams, MGS were announced winners of the Qatar-UK Challenge Trophy. All participants were awarded Certificates of Appreciation for their outstanding performance and behaviour.
“It has been a unique experience and a very well organised tournament with great facilities... Besides exchanging a shared passion between young people from around the world, the tournament allowed for a unique cultural exchange that I believe they will never forget.” Mark Facchini, MGS Coach.