During the launch of the second editions of the Doha GOALS forum, four life-changing initiatives were announced. They included a Sports Fields Initiative, a program to give children around the world access to prosthetics, a fund ‘from the athletes to the athletes’ to support them and their families when suffering from sustained injuries as well as during post-retirement, and an international U15s football championships to take place in Qatar. H.E. Shiekh Faisal bin Mubarak Al Thani, Executive Director of Doha GOALS and Richard Attias, Executive Producer of Doha GOALS, announced the four initiatives at the opening ceremony and MOUs were signed later that day:
Doha GOALS, in partnership with local authorities, will build combined football and basketball fields in different cities around the world in order to provide free access to sport facilities for local communities, particularly underprivileged youth. The first locations for the sports fields will be Port Gentil (Gabon), Nablus (Palestine), Mazar-e-Sharif (Afghanistan) and a MOU has been signed with the three cities. NGOs and institutions on the ground will administer and maintain the fields and create community programmes for the local youth.
Quality prosthetics are expensive and a lack of mobility impedes participation in sports and in the community and isolates amputees in these countries. Working with the Katarina Witt Foundation, Doha GOALS will provide the opportunity for children around the world to get access to prosthetics. Ambassadors supporting the programme will include current French and US Open Wheelchair Tennis champion Stephane Houdet and three-time Paralympic gold medalist Hou Bin.
Doha GOALS will set up a multimillion-dollar international Sport Solidarity Fund to support athletes and their families when suffering from sustained injuries as well as during post-retirement and will focus on four areas. The fund will provide funding for counselling and consulting services for current professional athletes and their families to prepare them for retirement. The Fund will provide a post-career angel fund: providing finance for business ideas and ventures for retiring athletes. It will develop private sector partnerships to create internships and training programmes for retired athletes. Finally, it will fund health and rehabilitation services for injured athletes and scholarships for educational programmes for retired athletes and opportunities for mentorship.
Aspire Academy and La Liga Nacional de Fútbol Profesional (LFP) signed a MoU to organise an International U-15 Football Championship. The tournament will take place from April 11-14 at the Aspire Academy and will be supported by Doha GOALS and will feature 10 young football teams from the top clubs in Europe and two Qatari teams.