Two hundred and fifty future stars of the swimming world and almost 150 of their coaches have confirmed their places at the Youth Programme for the 12th FINA World Swimming Championships (25m).

Developed by Qatar Olympic Committee (QOC), under the patronage of General Secretary HE Sheikh Saoud bin Abdulrahman Al Thani, the Youth Programme is the first of its kind and will run in parallel with the FINA World Swimming Championships in Doha from 3 to 7 December 2014. General Secretary of QOC and Chairman of Doha 2014, HE Sheikh Saoud bin Abdulrahman Al Thani, said:

This is a special year for swimming in Qatar as we stage a number of key international events in the world of aquatic sports, alongside our partners at Qatar Swimming Association and FINA. It is up to us to use our status as host nation and the power of those events to inspire the next generation of swimmers not just in Qatar but around the world. That is what the Youth Programme is all about and we are very proud to be bringing this vision to reality.”

Part of Qatar’s commitment as host nation to help develop the sport of swimming globally, the Youth Programme has been created with the goal of inspiring and motivating the future world champions, record holders and Olympians of swimming. Young athletes who have already proven to be stand out talent from their country will experience the World Championships first hand, gaining real insight into international competition. Under the expert guidance of renowned leading coaches, they will learn the latest trends and techniques in training, meet and share their experiences with fellow young swimmers, and have the opportunity to talk with their swimming idols.

President, Qatar Swimming Association and Doha 2014 Executive Director, Khaleel Al Jabir, said:

We have some of the best facilities for aquatic sports in the region here in Qatar, proven not least by the fact that this year we become the first country in FINA history to host both a World Cup and a World Championships. To be able to open up those facilities to promising young talent from all over the world is something quite special and we hope that what they learn and experience in Doha in December will motivate them to continue to pursue their sporting dreams.’

Youth Programme participants will not only be given a memorable sporting experience, but also given a chance to explore and learn about the rich cultural heritage and future ambitions of this year’s host country, Qatar. An emerging young nation with a vibrant and multicultural society, Doha is the perfect location for a youth programme that shares many of the characteristics of the youthful participants, connected by a desire to be truly world-class. This is a great opportunity for swimmers to gain exposure to major international events and familiarise themselves with a competition week format, as well as learn from the most talented coaches and star athletes in the sport today.

Don’t miss the opportunity to witness the excitement of the 12th FINA Swimming World Championship. Five days of thrilling competition will the world’s best swimmers compete for the ultimate World Champion title in 46 medal events with morning heats starting at 9:30 am and the finals starting at 6 pm. Tickets start at just QR10 and are available from Virgin Megastores and online.