It’s an opportunity to step onto the same turf as the world’s best footballers in front of tens of thousands of fans – and it’s being offered to Qatar’s youth by Qatar Foundation and FIFA partner, the Chinese conglomerate Wanda Group.

In the latest development to be offered through the empowering sporting partnership between the two organisations, young people who registered for Qatar Foundation’s 2022-23 CommuniSport programmes – offering over 120 classes in water sports, racket sports, team sports, and martial arts – will have a chance to become Wanda FIFA Flag Bearers during the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ matches.

Wanda FIFA Flag Bearers will be part of the pre-match ceremonies ahead of the games, carrying the FIFA™ flag onto the pitch before the players take the field to help set the tone for the top footballing action to follow.

Over 250 spots are available and will be allocated to participants in several sports, cultural and community programmes under Qatar Foundation – including Communisport.

Wanda flag bearers during the FIFA Club World Cup™ at Jassim Bin Hamad Stadium / 14 Dec 2019, Doha, Qatar (Photo by Lukas Schulze – FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)

According to Qatar Foundation Community Engagement and Activation Manager Alexandru Rosca, their partnership with Wanda Group over the past three years has provided unforgettable moments and memories for hundreds of young people who participate in the sporting and community programmes offered within the open and inclusive environment at Education City.

With the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ just around the corner and excitement reaching fever pitch, he said that they are delighted to team up with Wanda once again to give the youth from Qatar the opportunity to be at the heart of the FIFA World Cup™ experience – which they hope will inspire them to strive to achieve their personal goals in the future, in sport and in life.

This is just one of the pathways that Wanda and QF are providing for young people in Qatar to be part of the colour and vibrancy of the first FIFA World Cup™ in the Middle East and the Arab world … It is another illustration of how, by joining our QF community, incredible opportunities and experiences open up.

Wanda FIFA Flag Bearer

Led by expert coaches, CommuniSport programmes are a platform for young people to enjoy sports, learn new skills, and make new friends. To be eligible for consideration as a Wanda FIFA Flag Bearer, participants should be at least 12 to 16 years old on 20 November, be fully vaccinated, and are currently registered under the CommuniSport programme.

Wanda FIFA Flag Bearers are also being selected from Qatar schools who submit their poems to the D’reesha Arabic Poetry Competition. Designed to celebrate the Arabic language, the competition is part of the build-up to the second edition of the forthcoming D’reesha Performing Arts Festival, organised by Qatar Foundation.

Some volunteers for the Street Child World Cup were also eligible to be selected as Wanda FIFA Flag Bearers, as were the participants in Generation Amazing’s Women’s Football Initiative and the upcoming Freestyle Football workshops at QF schools.

The FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ collaboration between Qatar Foundation and Wanda is just the latest element of a longstanding partnership between the two organisations. They have previously teamed up to provide once-in-a-lifetime experiences for over 200 young people at the FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019™, the 2019 and 2020 editions of the FIFA Club World Cup™, and the FIFA Arab Cup 2021™.

To find out more about the Wanda FIFA Flag Bearers, visit qf.org.qa


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