To all walking footballers around the globe, I am Derrick Smith from South Africa, currently residing in the middle east in Qatar. Since its inception in South Africa, I was part of the founder members of the game (Walking Football Cape Town) which was introduced to me by Mr Ruudi Abrahams (Walking Football Director of Africa). I would like to give recognition to our founder Mr Terry Rice for appointing me as Director of Walking Football to the Middle East where its headquarters will be in Qatar, Doha. The headquarters shall be called Qatar Walking Football 4health.
Qatar as a country is investing a lot in its people and are continuously on a nationwide drive to promote sport, health and wellness. Qatar National Sports day is one of those initiatives that the country prides itself by to promote health and wellness. We are looking forward to grow the sport within Qatar and all its regions. Thereafter, will we go on a drive to promote the sport throughout the whole Middle Eastern Region.
The sport is mainly aimed males and females 50 years and 60 years and older as well as the disabled community. The initiative was endorsed by the South African ambassador HE Mr. Faizel Moosa. The initiative will promote social cohesion among the Qatar community and expats. The benefits of the initiative are to combat communicable diseases and disability challenges and therefore will improve quality of life, fitness and social interaction.
We are therefore looking forward to grow the sport which can become a way life among the elderly. We will collaborate and build strong relations with Government and the private sector to grow the sport from strength to strength.
Director of Walking Football (Middle East, Qatar)
Derrick Mphumzi Smith
Contacts: +97450853329
Email: Mphumzi.mip@gmail.com
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