7 June 2015, Muscat, OMAN – Shell Development Oman in partnership with FC Barcelona Foundation recently organized a festival to mark the success of this year’s boys’ programme in Oman at The Sultan School football field.

The festival was under the auspices of His Highness Syyid Malak bin Shihab Al Said. In attendance of the festival activities were Mr. Chris Breeze, Shell’s Country Chair in Oman, representatives from the Ministry of Education, the participants in FutbolNet programme, their families, the programme’s coaches, representatives from Shell Development Oman management team, in addition to representatives from the participating schools.

During the festival, the boys played games on the field in different stations representing the curriculum’s various focus areas and values. The attendees of this festival were able to take tours between these stations and start conversations with the boys about what they have learned from the programme.

The festivals were attended by more than 300 children aged 8 to 16 years from different schools from Muscat, Barka and Fanja. FutbolNet ran for 40 weeks this year. Sessions were two hours in length and were held twice a week after school hours at different venues across the Sultanate ensuring sessions are easily accessible within each community.

FutbolNet is part of Shell’s commitment to develop young Omani talents and to contribute to the social development of Oman in association with FC Barcelona Foundation. The programme has been running for three successful years in Oman following an agreement that has been made between Shell and FC Barcelona Foundation to extend the award winning extracurricular school programme in the country.  The programme is also running in Qatar, Iraq and Saudi Arabia.  The aim of the FutbolNet programme is to contribute to the social development of young people in the region.

FutbolNet is a method of transmitting values through football which is practiced twice a week in two hour sessions. In Oman, the course is divided into six areas where different games based on football are played in order to develop values such as commitment, respect, tolerance, teamwork, responsibility and hard work amongst children and teenagers.  In Oman, the programme particularly seeks to transmit life and leadership skills to young people to better their chances of future opportunities and develop their sense of responsibility towards society.  The programme is held in six training hubs across Oman.  These hubs are located in Bideya, Barka, Sohar, Ibri, Fanjah and Muscat.

Commenting on the festival, Muna Al Shukaili, Social Investment Manager at Shell Development Oman said: “The programme was developed to encourage values development through football with the aim of evoking behavioral changes. The programme’s success in Oman is a result of our partnership with the FC Barcelona Foundation, Oman’s Ministry of Sports Affairs and Ministry of Education, the Oman Football Association and Oman’s youth.”

FutbolNet was officially recognised at the Sport Industry Awards last year, winning the ‘Best Youth Development Initiative’ award. The third FutbolNet season in Qatar and Oman began in October last year, while Iraq and Saudi Arabia kicked off in early 2015.

For media enquiries:

Ms. Salima Al-Masroori

Media Relations Manager, Shell Development Oman

Email: S.Al-Masroori@shell.com


Notes to Editors:


Shell is active in Oman across the oil and gas industry and is involved in joint venture and independent activities ranging from research and development, exploration and production to trading and retail. Shell also implements extensive social investment programmes that contribute to the sustainable development of the country.

Shell Development Oman LLC provides a central point for co-ordination of all Shell activities and interests in the Sultanate of Oman.

A dedicated Shell Representative office was established in 2002, creating for the first time in Oman a Shell identity independent from the different joint venture companies in which Shell has been proud to participate over many years.

Led by the Shell County Chairman for Oman, the Representative Office undertook the dual role of representing Shell and acted as a long-standing corporate citizen of the Sultanate by providing a conduit for a broad range of social investment schemes, including the successful Intilaaqah programme.

The broad range of activities undertaken by the office from social investment through to learning and technology sharing continually grew and to enable Shell to further expand its efforts to support the development objectives of the Sultanate, the Representative Office was transitioned to a limited liability company on 1 March 2008.  This change continues to show our long-term commitment to the sustainable development of Oman.

Shell Development Oman LLC continues the dual role of representing Shell and contributing to the sustainable development of Oman (as the previous Representative Office did).

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