With the participation of His Highness Prince Ali bin Al Hussein, the West Asian Federation and Para Football launch their strategy for people with disabilities


The West Asian Federation and Para Football launched their joint strategy and development project targeting football for the disabled. His Highness Prince Ali bin Al Hussein, President of the West Asian Football Federation, stressed the importance of this step, which greatly contributes to giving football activity to the category of people with disabilities the necessary care, and will be a real starting point for a new activity that will be added to the West Asian Federation’s interests. In an expanded workshop to launch this strategy through visual communication technology, His Highness said, “Football is for all, and it is a message that everyone should carry, circulate and apply, and that we deal with football players with disabilities like other healthy players and not be ashamed of that.”
His Highness expressed his appreciation for the ideas and plans presented by the attendees, and praised the steps taken by their institutions to develop this sector.
In turn, Secretary General of the West Asian Federation, Khalil Al-Salem, revealed the work mechanism to be relied upon in the development project between the West Asian Federation, Para Football and the member federations.
He continued: «The work begins through a sequential strategic plan divided into five phases, in parallel with continuous monitoring and evaluation, after which a plan is developed that suits the needs and then communicated with the federations, Paralympic committees and sports organizations to implement it in an optimal manner.
Sam Turner, one of the founders of Para Football, presented the nature of the Foundation’s work and its programs that include football for all forms of disability, and presented a video on a special activity that shows the extent of interaction between its participants according to the type of their disability, and revealed the role of football in unloading the energies of people with disabilities and developing their potential and the importance of that. To integrate them into society. Turner stated: “Para Football is fully prepared to support all those involved in football for people with disabilities in the West Asia region who are constantly striving to develop the game and provide various opportunities for participation for people with disabilities. Para Football will also provide assistance to all member associations in the region to establish a plan. Developmental football for people with disabilities ».
He also added that through unifying efforts and joint action between all parties, we can set appropriate development plans and achieve the desired goals in the near future.
Freddy Farhat, Director of Business Development and Fathi Abu Al-Jadayel, Partnerships Coordinator at Para Football, took turns reviewing the types of disabilities, the benefits that will accrue to people with disabilities thanks to football, in addition to presenting roles within Para Football and in partnership with many bodies, organizations and development workshops in various fields. In this context, Prince Ali bin Al Hussein stressed the importance of participatory work between various sectors, which contributes to supporting the disabled group and helps to activate their football activities. His Highness called on governments to play their role by providing the necessary support for plans and strategies aimed at advancing this category. .
Prince Ali referred to the idea of ​​starting work between the West Asian Federation and Para Football first on choosing an Ahli association, so that it would be a model upon which to build, and then generalize this experience to the rest of the federations.
The strategic plan includes holding expanded football workshops for people with disabilities, directing civil federations, and then reaching actual implementation on the ground, by organizing the first West Asian Federation of People with Disabilities championships. In their turn, representatives of civil federations, organizations and committees praised the new strategy and presented their own experiences and the plans that were relied upon in developing football for people with disabilities.
The workshop saw the participation of: Masahiro Sugiyama from the Asian Football Confederation, Sung Hoon Lee from the Asian Paralympic Committee, Tessa Van Harden from the International Football Association for Down Syndrome, Ian Clark from the Amputee Football Organization, Maha Barghouti and Jasser Noareen from the Jordanian Paralympic Committee. The tributary of the penis from the Saudi Paralympic Committee, Ahmed Qamaruddin Bashir Abdul Khaleq from the Lebanese Federation, Firas Abu Hilal and Ihsan Abdullah from the Palestinian Federation, Kamila Al Busaidi from the Omani Federation, Dr. Iman Za’oun from the Iraqi Federation, Ali Shihab from the Jordanian Federation, Musa Ahmed from the Bahraini Federation, Ibrahim Al Shehhi from the UAE Federation, Dr. Abdul Aziz Al-Enezi from the Kuwaiti Federation, Rahaf Chrome from the Syrian Federation, and Noura Al-Tamimi from the Qatari Federation.


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