Saoud Al Mohannadi, General Secretary of QFA, Wael Sawan, Managing Director and Chairman of Qatar Shell Companies and Ramon Cierco, Vice President of FC Barcelona Foundation take a picture with Il’Ab We’Yana participants.

Qatar Football Association (QFA) and Qatar Shell officially launched Il’Ab We’Yana, an extra-curricular school programme based on the FutbolNet methodology created by FC Barcelona Foundation, which uses football as a means to develop healthy habits and positive behavioural change, providing children with an extra four hours of non-competitive physical education per week.


Il’Ab We’Yana (meaning ‘Play With Us’), which is part of the broader KOORA TIME initiative announced by the QFA and Qatar Shell in February, has been launched with three kick-off festivals in Doha and Al Khor. The festivals were attended by 1,000 children aged 7 to 12 years from 33 schools across Qatar.


Il’Ab We’Yana will run for 40 weeks. Sessions will be two hours in length and will be held twice a week after school at 14 different venues across the country ensuring sessions are easily accessible within each community. The programme will therefore provide each child with an additional 160 hours of physical activity over its 40 weeks duration.

Il’Ab We’Yana will provide participants with six teaching modules, focusing on water and hydration; fruits, vegetables, and grains; harmful effects of fast food and snacks; fat and sugar; breakfast and sleep; and tobacco, as well as footballing tips for a healthy lifestyle.