Ooredoo and Paris Saint-Germain HostFootball Academiesin Middle East, North Africa and Southeast Asia
“Paris Saint-Germain Academy brought to you by Ooredoo”Inspires Young Players in Qatar, Kuwait, Tunisia, Oman, Indonesia and the Maldives
Ooredoo and Paris Saint-Germainare successfully conducting the third annual “Paris Saint-Germain Academy brought to you by Ooredoo” coaching programme, reaching out to more countries than ever before.
Started in 2014, the “Paris Saint-Germain Academy brought to you by Ooredoo” initiative is designed to encourage young people to get involved in sport, offering training and development opportunities for aspiring young footballers.
Over the past six months,sessions havetaken placewith OoredooKuwait, Ooredoo Qatar, Ooredoo Tunisia,Ooredoo Oman, and most recently with Ooredoo Indosat in Indonesia. Another academy will take place in the Maldives shortly.
The first leg of the programme was organised in Kuwait in December 2015 and Qatar in February 2016, providing training forhundreds ofboys and girls in those countries.
The next stage was organised at the Oman Club in Al Khuwair, Oman, in March. The elite clinic provided Omani footballers with the chance to hone their skills and find out exactly what it takes to be a champion under the guidance of the French Ligue 1leader’s expert coaches.
More than 200 young Tunisian footballers, selected from training clubs and schools programmes across the country, participated in the next phase in Sousse, Tunisia, at the grounds of the legendary club Etoile deSahel.
In addition, 30 coaches took part in the programme, learning training and development skills that will enable them to teach young players.
Most recently in April, the “Paris Saint-Germain Academy brought to you by Ooredoo” arrived in Jakarta and Palembang, Indonesia, offering young Indonesian footballers the chance to get involved. During the sessions, which wereoffered for free for selected children and schools from acrossthe country, Paris Saint-Germain’s top coaches taught football-related skills to more than 200 children.
Each of the training sessions closed with the traditional ceremony that sees every participant receive an official certificate from the Paris Saint-Germain Academy and have the chance to take photos with their coaches.
Sheikh Saud Bin Nasser Al Thani, Group CEO, Ooredoo, said: “Our partnership with Paris Saint-Germain continues to promote sportsmanship and healthy living in conjunction with the Ooredoo brand to thousands of young players. These camps not only teach discipline and the rules of the game, but show young footballers that Ooredoo supports them, and hopes to help them achieve their football dreams and aspirations.”
The “Paris Saint-Germain Academy brought to you by Ooredoo”programme offers education and motivation for aspiring young football players, and helps them in a range of key areas, including match preparation and effective training methods. Young footballers learn a host of key skills in each session, such as tactical and defensive playing, stamina training and the rules of football.
Ooredoo began its partnership with Paris Saint-Germain in September 2013, working together to develop youth and community support across Ooredoo’s footprint in the Middle East, North Africa, and Southeast Asia.
Ooredoo is a leading international communications company delivering mobile, fixed, broadband internet and corporate managed services tailored to the needs of consumers and businesses across markets in the Middle East, North Africa and Southeast Asia. As a community-focused brand, Ooredoo is guided by its vision of enriching people’s lives and its belief that it can stimulate human growth by leveraging communications to help people achieve their full potential. Ooredoo has a presence Qatar,Algeria, Indonesia, Iraq, Kuwait,the Maldives, Myanmar, Oman,Palestine,and Tunisia. The company was named “Most Innovative Company of the Year – MEA Region” at the 2015 International Business Awards.
The company reported revenues of USD 8.8 billion in 2015 and had a consolidated global customer base of 117 million customers as of 31 December 2015. Ooredoo’s shares are listed on the Qatar Stock Exchange and the Abu Dhabi Securities Exchange.
About Paris Saint-Germain
Almost five years ago, Paris Saint-Germain set itself the target of becoming an international sports brand, embodying in all of its communications and actions the values of elegance, excellence and respect that are associated with Paris – a name which the brand is proud to bear. The first stages of the Club’s project illustrate its ambition to become one of biggest clubs in Europe.
On the pitch: the men’s football team has won the French Ligue 1 title and qualified for the quarter-finals of the UEFA Champions League four years in a row. The women’s team meanwhile reached the final of the UEFA Champions League last year, and the handball team has already won six domestic titles.
Off the pitch: the Club’s annual revenues increased fivefold to reach €484 million in the 2014/2015 season, while sponsor revenue has been multiplied by 13.
About Paris Saint-Germain Academy
Created in 2005, in close collaboration with the club’s youth academy, notably for the elaboration of the technical program, the Paris Saint-Germain Academy is open to all kids aged from 5 to 16 years of age and offers a unique opportunity to discover the Paris Saint-Germain universe.
With a football academy in Paris bringing together more than 1,300 kids each week, and academies in Rio (Brazil), New York (USA), Doha (Qatar), Delhi (India) and Morocco, the Paris Saint-Germain Academy has developed a solid experience in the transmission of its values and know-how.