Grassroots football brings hope to Lebanon
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Football development took centre stage this week in Lebanon with 24 coaches, including Iranian female coach Mozafar Shahrzad, participating in a FIFA-AFC grassroots instructor course in Beirut. Bahrain, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Oman, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Iran, Maldives, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan all have coaches involved in this six-day course, which is set to finish on Sunday, 24 November.

“So far the course has been running smoothly despite the bombing that occurred last Tuesday,” commented FIFA Development Officer in Amman Majed Abweh. “The objective of the programme is to promote highly qualified grassroots instructors in Asia with the aim of enlarging the base of talented football players thus making an impact at the future of football in their countries.”

The course, conducted by FIFA instructors Vincent Subramaniam (Singapore) and Nihad Souqar (Jordan), covers practical and theoretical training in the areas of grassroots football and its objective is to enable the participants to instruct their colleagues to run grassroots activities in their own countries.

“This course is very much in line with the philosophy of further enhancing grassroots activities through the preparation of instructors armed with the means and methods to work in the training of coaches,” said Mazen Mroueh, one of the course participants.

During 2013 FIFA is set to implement 179 grassroots projects around the world. From 1999-2012, FIFA has invested $359,855,011 USD in development projects in Asia. The Lebanese Football Association has benefited from the setting-up of two Goal projects for a total investment of nearly $1m USD: the installation of an artificial turf pitch at Al Ahed Stadium (2011) and the installation of another artificial turf pitch at the SAFA Stadium (2001).