Yousef Al Hori - The youngest coach in FutbolNet Oman
Jul 31, 2016
Muscat, July 31, 2016 - The FutbolNet programme, a successful initiative with Football Club (FC) Barcelona Foundation to impart life skills to youth, has witnessed multiple instances where young players have developed into coaches, eager to share their experiences with a new group of participants.
At the young age of 14, Yousef Al Hori joined one of the first the FutbolNet programmes in Muscat. Today, at the age of 18 he has successfully transformed himself from a football player to a coach – all under the guidance and careful supervision of his coach Yahya Al Hadabi.
“I was 14 years old when I joined the programme and I’m 18 years old now and so proud of my progress and development in it. Today, as a coach, it is my dream to help other players become coaches and I strive to contribute to the success of FutbolNet. Thanks to the porgramme, I was able to develop my leadership skills and I look forward to greater opportunities within FutbolNet”, stated Yousef.
Coach Yahya Al Hadabi, the mentor responsible for Yousef’s progression, has a success story of his own. FutbolNet Oman helped Coach Yahya take his discontinued football career to a whole new level. At the age of 24, Yahya had to give up playing football due to an eye ailment. But after 10 years when opportunity knocked on the door in the form of Shell and FC Barcelona’s FutbolNet programme, Yahya quickly ceased it and transitioned from a football player to a coach. He put together a student football team in Fanja, a city which today boasts 100 players. His biggest achievement, he states, is the happiness and pride he feels to see one of the students he trained transform into a professional coach.
“The FutbolNet programme is an excellent initiative that imparts new learnings to students and makes them better sportsmen. In 2015, FutbolNet organized a training session for coaches, which was conducted by a trainer from Spain. It was a highly productive session where we got to learn new techniques and also benefited from the knowledge sharing by the other attending coaches. I will forever be thankful to Shell and FC Barcelona for giving me a second chance in life and transforming me from a player to a coach”, said Coach Yahya.
Speaking about FutbolNet, Muna Al Shukaili, General Manager of External Relations at Shell said, “FutbolNet is not a football training academy as such; rather the programme aims to provide young Omanis with an extra-curricular learning platform that is safe, fun and easily accessible. Youth are directed towards learning life skills through the medium of football, shaping their leadership and teamwork skills in an age-appropriate child-centric learning environment. We, at Shell, are very pleased with the achievement and success of Yousef and hope to see many more young Omanis unlock their potential in this field. ”
FutbolNet is an integral part of Shell’s social investment programmes in the Sultanate and it has been running for four successful seasons. Shell is committed to supporting the government and the people of Oman through sustainable social investment initiatives, which are driven by a desire to give back to the country that has been an integral part of the Group’s success over the years. FutbolNet was officially recognised at the Sport Industry Awards in 2014, winning the ‘Best Youth Development Initiative’ award. The fourth FutbolNet season in Qatar and Oman began in October last year, and it has proven success in other countries in the region like Iraq and Saudi Arabia.
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Ms. Salima Al-Masroori
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