“Sports for All” launches the sports groups program for universities
The program will last for eight months, starting from February until August 2022, and targets both segments of students, boys and girls, and faculty members, with the aim of increasing community participation in sports, and improving health and fitness.
His Royal Highness Prince Khalid bin Al Waleed bin Talal, President of the Saudi Sports for All Federation, said: “Through the launch of the Sports Groups Program for Universities, we will make a leap forward in our mission to help build a healthier and happier society, and based on the success of many initiatives to develop community sports, specifically at the level The most prominent of these was the “Sports for All Challenge” competition that was held in 2019, where the program will revitalize our efforts to make health and wellness at the forefront of our interests and contribute significantly to achieving our goal of raising the level of weekly sports and physical activities in the Kingdom to 40% by 2030.”
The launch of the university sports groups program comes as an extension of various initiatives implemented by the Saudi Sports for All Federation, specifically directed towards university students, as the beginning was during the beginning of the pandemic in 2020, as part of the (Your Home Club) campaign challenge to encourage students to practice physical activity at home.
And in 2019, the federation launched the (Sports for All Challenge), in which 18 teams of Saudi and American university students participated, as it aimed to develop creative campaigns to encourage local communities to participate in various sports activities, and contribute effectively to improving the quality of life.
In this context, the President of the Sports Federation of Saudi Universities, Dr. Khaled bin Saleh Al-Muzaini, said: “We seek in joint cooperation and unification of efforts with the Saudi Federation for Sports for All to launch this program to motivate university students to practice physical activity and sports, follow a healthy and lively lifestyle and stay away from physical inactivity.
The first phase of the program aims to establish 120 sports groups and support 80 distinguished sports groups in seven universities around the Kingdom and a number of colleges, namely King Saud University in Riyadh, Princess Noura bint Abdulrahman University in Riyadh, Prince Muhammad bin Fahd University in the Eastern Province, Taif University, University of Hail, Ibn Sina College of Medical Sciences in Jeddah, College of Technology in Riyadh, and College of Technology in Jeddah.
To ensure the effective implementation of the program, the support provided by the Sports for All Federation will vary according to the needs of each university, including financial support, providing programs to increase student and faculty participation in physical activities, facilitating access to trainers to support programs from a technical point of view to implement them on the ground, in addition to guidance developing leadership and management skills in leading and developing sports groups, and promoting programs through media channels; To increase access and maximize impact. The participating universities will support the program by facilitating the issuance of the necessary permits and approvals, providing the necessary support for creating marketing campaigns, participating in the organization of sports competitions, facilitating entry procedures and booking sports facilities, and continuously supervising the plans and programs of sports groups and following up on their work periodically. The Saudi Sports for All Federation, within the umbrella of the Ministry of Sports, seeks to intensify its efforts to reach all students around the Kingdom, and this is clearly demonstrated through many initiatives launched and implemented since the beginning of this year 2022, the most prominent of which was the joint cooperation with the Ministry of Education in activating 12 schools About 9 cities from different regions of the Kingdom, as part of the program to activate the centers of educational entertainment district clubs.