As part of the initiative to promote the game of golf in Qatar, Commercial Bank and Education City Golf Club (ECGC) have teamed up to support local schools in organising golf activities, created as part of the curriculum and as an after-school activity.

‘Start New at Golf’ or SNAG is a unique golf instruction system and equipment to help children develop golf skills and competency. ECGC golf professionals will train school teachers on how to deliver golf tuition to students in school gymnasiums and playgrounds. Ultimately, when the children get to certain level of competency, they will be eligible to visit ECGC and experience golf for real.


Speaking on the initiative, ECGC General Manager Michael Braidwood said that golf is a perfect sport for children to try as it possesses many health and well-being attributes.

It teaches them some key core skills such as patience, focus and dedication, in addition to encouraging children to go outdoors and be active. Given that, we believe such an initiative would benefit our local community as well as future generations. And, as part of our partnership with Commercial Bank, we have started distributing the SNAG kits, starting with Kings College School, and more will follow very soon.’

Commercial Bank already donated ten customised SNAG kit bags that include enough equipment to train up to 16 children at a time. Hussein Al Abdulla, Chief Marketing Officer at Commercial Bank said their latest partnership with ECGC is a testament to their commitment to support the local community and promote Qatar National Vision 2030. He added that they highly value sport activities as they build healthier relationships in society and bring people together.

According to Abeer Marwan Al Kalla, Head of Corporate Communications and CSR at Commercial Bank, golf is not only a classy and sophisticated sport, as most people probably thought.

It is an activity that helps children practice skills such as concentration and learn values such as patience and persistence to achieve objectives. Overall, playing golf will contribute to enhancing children’s cognitive and academic skills and learnings. As a Bank and as members in this community, this initiative reflects our commitment to support younger generation growth and development.’