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.


Germany, Saudi Arabia agree to turn page after diplomatic row

We should have been clearer in our communication and engagement, said Maas. (AFP)
Updated 26 September 2018
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Germany, Saudi Arabia agree to turn page after diplomatic row

  • The Saudi Minister of Foreign Affairs, Adel Al-Jubeir, extended an invitation to his German counterpart, Heiko Maas, to visit the Kingdom at the earliest opportunity
  • We aim for close cooperation between our two countries and to this end seek to intensify our dialogue on a broad range of topics: Maas

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia on Tuesday welcomed a statement by the German foreign minister pledging his intention to work toward strengthening ties and enhancing cooperation between the two countries. 

Riyadh said the relationship between Saudi Arabia and Germany was a “historic and important” one, and the countries played a leading role in bolstering international security and stability, and the global economy. 

The Saudi Minister of Foreign Affairs, Adel Al-Jubeir, extended an invitation to his German counterpart, Heiko Maas, to visit the Kingdom at the earliest opportunity, “so that both countries may begin a new phase of close cooperation in all areas to the benefit of both our countries and peoples.”

Earlier, the German foreign minister said relations had “witnessed misunderstandings” in recent months “which stand in sharp contrast to our otherwise strong and strategic ties. We sincerely regret this.”

The minister said: “We should have been clearer in our communications and engagement in order to avoid such misunderstandings.

“We aim for close cooperation between our two countries and to this end seek to intensify our dialogue on a broad range of topics.

“Saudi Arabia plays an immensely important role for peace and stability in the region and the world. As there is a broad range of bilateral and international issues to discuss, we will do our best to make this partnership with the Kingdom even stronger than before.

“Considering our role in Europe and the world, improving our ties with Saudi Arabia will serve the interest of both nations and peoples.”