Saudi Golf Federation unveils ‘Get into Golf’ program in schools

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Saudi school children during a golf clinic with SGF Mass Participation official Bouchaib El Jadiani. (Supplied)
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Walid Bahamdan of Tadrees and Saudi Golf Federation’s Majed Al-Sorour after signing a memorandum of understanding (MoU). (Supplied)
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Updated 15 September 2020

Saudi Golf Federation unveils ‘Get into Golf’ program in schools

JEDDAH: The people at the helm of Saudi golf never seem to run out of ideas to grow and promote the game.
From staging high-profile events, chief of which is the European Tour-sanctioned Saudi International, to appointing golf ambassadors from the European Ladies Tour and sponsoring CNN show “Living Golf,” the Saudi Golf Federation (SGF) and Golf Saudi are working to put Saudi Arabia on the golf map.
For their latest initiative they are looking at the grassroots level, schools, to introduce the game.
Their new education and training program, “Get into Golf,” is to be launched by the SGF in partnership with Tadrees Holding, a leading company in the field of education.
Tadrees and Saudi Arabia’s golf governing body have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU), confirming their desire to jointly roll out the program in partner schools throughout the country.
The program seeks to implement golf coaching strategies across the Tadrees’ schools network and enrich the lives of Saudi youths. The program will provide students with a sporting opportunity that is fun, engaging, and that instils in them lifelong social and athletic skills. The program will also establish an educational framework for physical education (PE) teachers within the Tadrees network to expand their knowledge base by providing them with additional skills and qualifications.
Majed Al-Sorour, CEO of the SGF, commented: “Our ultimate goal at the SGF is to grow the game of golf, so the maximum amount of people are aware (of it) and can experience the benefits and value of the game. Working closely with Tadrees Holding is essential to delivering the tiered program we strive for at Saudi Arabian schools.”
As part of the agreement, the SGF will appoint a representative to act as the coordinator overseeing the roll out, and to act as the liaison for communications between both entities.

The SGF will also loan SNAG (Starting New At Golf) coaching equipment to all schools within the Tadrees network, along with golf coaching education to PE teachers by way of its “Train the Trainer” program, which will see qualified professionals assigned to provide assistance to ensure best practice and successful implementation.
“Creating a strategic alliance with the SGF, a forward-thinking and visionary organization, is a natural progression in our continuation of developing a world-class and modern educational program within schools and higher education” said Walid Bahamdan, a board member of Tadrees Holding.

“Aligned with our vision, the skills and character development golf offers has a direct and indirect opportunity to support the Kingdom’s children and develop a culture of inclusion and excitement towards golf participation by providing children in our schools with golf uniforms, T-shirts, caps, giveaways and certificates of achievement.”
The SGF is also working with the Ministry of Education to support the development of new sports, skills, and careers in education. This will be delivered through a tiered, progressive program, delivered through PE teachers. by providing training, equipment, and frameworks to conduct the foundation levels of golf introduction.
Golf Saudi, a subsidiary of the SGF, has also embarked on its own mass participation and education pathway to meet its targets of creating 3,700 jobs by 2030, and to train up to 24,000 new golfers.
The alliance between both parties fully aligns with the SGF’s long-term vision. Both the SGF and Tadrees Holdings are committed to providing access to golf via multi-level developments and promote the game by creating interest and touch points throughout the Kingdom.
As part of Vision 2030, Saudi Arabia endeavors to provide students at schools, and particularly in higher education, with a modern curriculum with key focus on character development, as well as literacy, numeracy, and other skills. The SGF’s educational program will integrate with existing Tadrees Holdings’ initiatives and both parties will strive to place golf on the sporting curriculum.

Kevin De Bruyne thanks Manchester City supporters in the Middle East ahead of club’s Premier League kick off

Updated 20 September 2020

Kevin De Bruyne thanks Manchester City supporters in the Middle East ahead of club’s Premier League kick off

  • A new documentary, Made in Belgium, goes behind the scenes with the PFA Player of the Year
  • The 29-year-old has now played a pivotal role in seven major trophies, including those two Premier League titles

DUBAI: From Manchester to Abu Dhabi, few would dispute that Kevin De Bruyne is currently the best midfielder in the English Premier League, if not world football.

And Manchester City prepare to kick off their 2020-21 season with a trip to Wolves on Monday night, the PFA Player of the Year has sent out a message of appreciation for his fans in the Middle East, who will now have a chance to see him up more close and personal than ever before.

The Belgian maestro came following the release of Made in Belgium, a documentary on the player showing on City+, the Club’s content subscription service which is available in the UAE.

“Much of my talking is done on the pitch but it’s nice to reward the City fans with a little insight into who I am away from it and allow them to get to know me a little better,” he said. “I want to thank all the fans in the region for their support over the past few years and we are all looking forward to returning to Abu Dhabi to train with the Club when it is safe to do so.”

Made in Belgium tells the story of De Bruyne’s wonderful career so far as he has developed into one of the world’s best midfielders, and features exclusive interviews with some of those who know him best, including Pep Guardiola and Vincent Kompany, as well as Eden Hazard and Roberto Martinez, his team-mate and manager at international level.

De Bruyne started his senior career in 2008 at Genk in his homeland, De Bruyne joined Chelsea for $9.043 million in 2012 but was put out on loan to Werder Bremen in Germany’s Bundesliga during the 2012-13 season.

His fine form there did not translate into first team action when he returned to Chelsea, and he returned to Germany when Wolfsburg paid $23.253 million in the 2014 January transfer window.

But it’s since signing for Manchester City from Wolfsburg in 2015, that De Bruyne’s career has really taken off, his passing and all-around game making him one of the world’s most devastating players. 

The 29-year-old has now played a pivotal role in seven major trophies, including those two Premier League titles.



A new documentary, Made in Belgium, goes behind the scenes with the PFA Player of the Year

On Monday, De Bruyne is expected to once again lead Manchester City in their quest to wrestle the Premier League title back from Liverpool.

Having won the title with a record-breaking 100 points in 2017-18, and then an equally-remarkable 98 points the following campaign, last season was major disappointment for the Abu Dhabi-owned club, but many people have already made them favorites to win a third title in four years under Guardiola and what would be a fifth in 10 years.

De Bruyne has also played a pivotal role in making Belgium’s national team one of the most exciting on the planet, and they currently sit at the top of FIFA’s world rankings.

At the 2018 World Cup in Russia, De Bruyne scored a stunning - and what turned out to be decisive - goal in Belgium’s 2-1 quarter-final win over Brazil. Sadly for De Bruyne, Belgium lost in the semi-finals to eventual winners France, but Martinez’s team will once again be among favorites when the rescheduled Euro 2020 kicks off next June.

Whether discussing his career with country or club, Made in Belgium gives supporters the rare chance to see the often laconic star in a completely new light with exclusive behind-the-scenes content and interviews.