Qatar Foundation and Volkswagen Middle East partner to support women athletes.
11 October 2023, 12:00 AM
30 November 2023, 12:00 AM
Qatar Foundation and Volkswagen Middle East have signed an agreement to support capacity-building programs, specifically for women and girls in football.
HESheikha Hind bint Hamad Al Thani, Vice Chairperson and CEO of Qatar Foundation, Sheikha Hanadi Al Thani, Chairperson of Q-Auto, Matthias Ziegler, Managing Director of Volkswagen Middle East, and other senior members were present at the launch of the partnership.
The partnership will see Volkswagen Middle East sponsor programs and events such as the Women & Girls Football Initiative – a tournament that supports grassroots and amateur women and girls athletes. The tournament will take place as part of QF’s upcoming 2023-2024 women's football season and will include local and international teams.
A football clinic was organized by Qatar Foundation’s (QF) Pre-University Education schools with a group of young female athletes during the launch. Players had the opportunity to interact with senior members of QF and Volkswagen, share their thoughts on how sport has positively impacted them, and discuss the opportunities that will be made available to them as a result of the agreement.
Volkswagen Middle East will continue its cooperation with QF’s development programs, building on the success of the Future Leaders in Football Summit, previously sponsored by Volkswagen and the German Football Team.
“Our partnership with Qatar Foundation represents a continuation of our commitment to support women in sports, particularly in football, and to provide them with tangible opportunities,” said Matthias Ziegler.
“Through this partnership, we are not just sponsoring events, we are nurturing dreams and creating a more inclusive future for the sport of football. We look forward to working with Qatar Foundation in harnessing the power of sports to foster the next generation of leaders.”
During the partnership launch, senior members from Volkswagen and QF toured Education City Stadium – which was one of the eight stadiums for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022– which, as a legacy is aiming to become a sporting hub for women and girls, with a focus on education, health and wellbeing. During their tour, the delegates were shown the various features of the stadium that have been designed to support the vision of a more equitable and inclusive sporting culture, including the Sensory Room which ensures an inclusive experience for those with special needs that come to the stadium.