Aspire Foundation, Ooredoo to Launch Football Championship

 Aspire Zone Foundation (AZF) and Ooredoo officially announced their partnership to launch ‘Ooredoo Temba’, a fun football championship that gives people in Qatar a chance to win great prizes while getting fit.

The Ooredoo Temba football tournament will run from 6-11 March and features 32 teams spread across eight groups. Matches will be played on Aspire Zone’s new state-of-the-art five-a-side football pitches overlooking Al Waab Street.

The winning team will be given the chance to watch an English Premier League game and enjoy an all-expenses paid trip to Europe. Second and third place teams will receive cash prizes.

Commenting on the tournament, Ooredoo Director of Community & Public Relations Fatima Sultan Al Kuwari said:

Encouraging sporting participation and healthy living is a big focus for us throughout the year and we’re delighted to see such amazing demand for the contest. We hope that together with AZF we provide a platform that brings people together, not just to play, but to cheer on their friends and family and enjoy the cooler weather. Good luck to all participating teams.’

Aspire Zone Foundation Director of PR and Communications Mr Nasser Abdullah Al Hajri said that the sports event will provide football enthusiasts with the perfect chance to participate in a championship that is competitive yet friendly.

Ooredoo Temba is the latest in a long history of partnership and collaboration between Ooredoo and the Aspire Zone Foundation. Contest registration opened early this week to men aged 18 and above.

To enter, teams had to register a squad of seven: four players including a goalkeeper and three substitutes. Matches will last for 35 minutes (15 minutes for each half and a five-minute half-time break).

Ooredoo Temba matches will be played from 6 – 9 pm at Aspire Zone’s new five-a-side-pitches, equipped with the latest innovative and sustainable technologies powered by solar energy. These pitches are also covered with high quality artificial football turf that meet FIFA’s quality standards and which help reduce water consumption.

The pitches contribute to Aspire Zone’s commitment to support the Environmental pillar of the Qatar National Vision 2030, designed to move the country towards greater sustainability and minimise environmental impact.

Nasser Abdullah Al Hajri also added that AZF draws on its extensive logistical and human capabilities to provide new and unique experiences to members of the community. He said that they intend to build a legacy that combines culture with modernity which extends beyond this championship. He said:

This is why we have chosen the name ‘Temba’ for this championship, as ‘Temba’ is the Qatari word for traditional street football games. In addition to the cultural dimension, another significant aspect of the championship is that we have decided to hold the matches on our new eco-friendly five-a-side pitches, which are entirely lit using solar power.’

Friends and family keen to cheer on their teams can attend the matches, or follow the progress of participating teams through AZF’s social media channels, under the hashtag #OoredooTemba. More information about the championship is available through the Life in Aspire smartphone app.

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