The volunteering spirit of young people from Qatar has earned them a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to be part of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ – through the partnership of the Chinese conglomerate and FIFA partner Wanda Group and Qatar Foundation.

During the Street Child World Cup 2022, 24 participants in Qatar Foundation’s sports and community programmes aged 12 to 16 years old supported the tournament by acting as a matchday ball crew.

The 2022 edition, which brought together 28 teams from 25 countries, marked the first time a ball crew has been part of the Street Child World Cup. In recognition of their efforts, Wanda Group and Qatar Foundation are providing the volunteers with the opportunity to walk out onto the pitch ahead of a FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ match, carrying the FIFA flag in the pre-match ceremony before taking their seats to watch the game.

Eye-opening experience

Fifteen-year-old volunteer Nasser Al Khalifa, a member of Qatar Foundation’s football programmes said that volunteering at the Street Child World Cup was so rewarding, inspiring and eye-opening – he really appreciated the chance to be part of it.

Over the eight days of the Street Child World Cup 2022, teams played in a World Cup-style football tournament, displayed their creativity in art workshops and put on spotlight the issues, challenges and hardships faced by vulnerable young people living in street situations throughout the world. Of the 15 boys and 13 girls teams who participated in the tournament, 10 were made up of refugee/displaced children.

According to Qatar Foundation Manager of Community Engagement and Activation Alexandru Rosca, volunteerism is one of the cornerstones of a strong, compassionate and inclusive society. And when young people give their time and their dedication to volunteering, they learn leadership skills while also developing a sense of social responsibility and citizenship that will guide, serve and inspire them throughout their lives.

He said that as an advocate for volunteerism and a provider of opportunities for Qatar’s youth, they are proud that young volunteers from Qatar Foundation’s sport and community programmes played a key role in the Street Child World Cup 2022.

Opportunities to empower the youth

Since 2019, Wanda Group and Qatar Foundation have collaborated to provide opportunities focused on engaging and empowering the youth. Their partnership has already created memorable experiences for over 200 young people from schools and sports programmes under Qatar Foundation.

In 2022, this collaboration is continuing with more than 250 opportunities being provided for young people as Wanda FIFA Flag Bearers at FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ matches.

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