Newcastle United coaches conducted a clinic at Al Ahli Club yesterday as part of a Newcastle United Football in the Community event (NUFITC).
The event drew a great response from both the locals and expatriates out there in the Gulf, and can only add positively to Newcastle United’s image abroad.
This report is taken from an excellent article on the event from the local paper out there, the Gulf Times.
Kids enjoying the camp put on by Newcastle United in Qatar
Over 90 children including 13 girls aged between 9 and 14 years participated in the clinic. There were five Community Coach Development Officers of Newcastle United who conducted the clinic – Doug Thoburn, Jordan Moore, Stephen Thoburn Barry Collins and Chris Thompson.
The kids were split into two training groups for morning and afternoon sessions, each lasting three hours. The youngsters learned football basics such as ball work, turning techniques and playing 4 a side games. Doug Thoburn of NUFITC, had this to say to the Gulf Times today:
â€œThe response of the children and parents was amazing,â€ â€œBasically, what we taught these children improve their skills while encouraging team spirit.â€
â€œBeside teaching the techniques to young footballers wanting to get the best out of themselves, we as coaches try to make the game of football enjoyable for all those taking part,â€ â€œAnd thatâ€™s exactly what the children did over these five days,â€ he observed.
â€œAfter what weâ€™ve seen here in our first outing, weâ€™d definitely want to return next year. We donâ€™t mind coming here and conduct such programs twice a year.â€
â€œMaybe we can set up our base here in Doha provided we receive enough support.â€
The Newcastle club have conducted similar overseas clinics in Seoul, South Korea last March and twice in Germany. It has structured various courses to meet the needs of young aspiring footballers to have fun, learn new skills and meet new friends in a safe and friendly environment.
To finish off the week, teams will play today in a fun-filled tournament between the sponsors and a team of children selected by the coaches. The coaches themselves will have a chance to display their own skills on the field as part of the teams.
The event was organized in conjunction with Doha College, Doha English Speaking School and Park House English Speaking School. HSBC Bank Middle East Limited, Ramada Plaza Hotel and KLM Royal Dutch Airlines were the sponsors.
What we like about these events is that football is to be enjoyed, thatâ€™s the main thing. Itâ€™s not called the beautiful game for nothing. We are also delighted that the name of Newcastle United is being spread by these well organized and important events in communities around the world. We think itâ€™s just great for the club, and the communities served by them.Â Â Â Â 😀
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