Sports training program launched in Riyadh to inspire youth leadership

School children take part in physical fitness activities at the Al-Tarbiya Al-Namothajiyah School in Riyadh. (Courtesy: trbyh)photo via Twitter)
Updated 08 February 2018
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Sports training program launched in Riyadh to inspire youth leadership

JEDDAH: A new training program to build knowledge of sports teaching and inspire leaders in community sport across the Kingdom has been launched by the British Council and the Ministry of Education.

Opened in a special ceremony at Al-Tarbiyah Al-Namout Hajjiyah Boys’ School in Riyadh, Youth Sports Leadership (YSL) training identifies and works with local coaches and trainers to engage young leaders aged 14-19 in the organization of accessible sports events and programs in their local communities.

Held in partnership with Youth Sports Trust International, an independent charity, YSL will run over the next two weeks in Riyadh, with additional training taking place at schools in Jeddah and the Eastern Province later this month.

Speaking at the ceremony, Mohammed Al-Moqbel, executive director of the National Center for Professional Education Development at the Ministry of Education, said: “It’s really important to the nation’s Vision 2030 goals and to working to ensure that young people, students and teachers in every corner of the country have access to quality sports education that inspires and motivates them to lead healthy and active lifestyles.”

Speaking on the training and the British Council’s wider sports initiatives in the Gulf, Amir Ramzan, country director for Saudi Arabia at the council, said: “The benefit that young people get from being involved in sports in any capacity is so valuable, from learning about teamwork and inclusion to organization and commitment.

“We’ve already seen that even participating in sport just once can help crucial skills like problem-solving and communication. We look forward to seeing the impact with Youth Sports Leadership now and in the next three years.”

YSL will run until Feb. 14 at Al-Tarbiyah Al-Namout Hajjiyah Boys’ School and Al-Abnaa Girls’ School in Riyadh. It will be rolled out in Jeddah and the Eastern Province on Feb. 19-25.


Hajj pilgrims get clean bill of health

Muslim worshippers watch as others circumambulate around the Kaaba, Islam's holiest shrine, at the Grand Mosque in Saudi Arabia's holy city of Makkah on August 17, 2018 prior to the start of the annual Hajj pilgrimage in the holy city. (AFP)
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Hajj pilgrims get clean bill of health

  • 50% of pilgrims are headed directly to Madinah and 50% are headed to Makkah and will visit Madinah after Hajj season

JEDDAH: Pilgrims at this year’s Hajj have been given a clean bill of health by Saudi authorities who confirmed on Saturday that no cases of epidemic or quarantine disease have been reported.
The Ministry of Health said that 1,647,351 pilgrims were provided with preventive services through health outlets from the first of the month of Dul Qadah until Saturday.
The general rate of commitment among the pilgrims to take preventive vaccines stood at about 80 percent for meningitis, 96.3 percent for yellow fever and 87.5 percent for polio, the ministry said.
Meanwhile, the ministry also provided emergency services in Makkah and Madinah hospitals to 280,773 pilgrims, bringing to 17,820 the number of visits to clinics, while medical centers treated 246,156 outpatients.
The number of cases hospitalized was 1,651, with nine births recorded.