West Green Spine Sports Arena a Boost for Health and Fitness
January 12, 2015
Members of the Qatar Foundation (QF) community can make use of a new recreation space thanks to the opening of Education City’s new West Green Spine sport and recreation arena on 14 December 2014. The area, which encourages healthy exercise, is now open for students, QF staff, their families, and the general public to enjoy.
Managed by Awsaj Recreation, the West Green Spine can be used for basketball, volleyball, and football, and an area is provided for relaxation, fitness, and family enjoyment.
Its unveiling comes as QF’s Open Campus initiative, designed to enable easier access to Education City and to allow more people to experience QF, is implemented.
Engineer Jassim Telefat, Group Executive Director, Capital Projects and Facilities Management, and Mohammed Al Naimi, Director, Community Affairs, Support Services Directorate, attended the West Green Spine opening ceremony.
Engineer Telefat said: “The West Green Spine is a great open space that we are very keen for the community to experience and enjoy.
“Indeed, at QF, we are committed to the Open Campus initiative, so we are extending an invitation to the wider community of Qatar to visit and utilize the West Green Spine. It offers many fantastic opportunities for recreation and entertainment, and we hope that it will also attract many families.”
Engineer Telefat told QF Telegraph that QF was seeking to increase the number of open spaces available for sport at Education City, saying: “This strategy is not only focused around National Sport Day, which takes place on the second Tuesday of February every year - this year on 10 February 2015 - but also seeks to encourage people to find time for sport, so that they can lead a fit and healthy lifestyle.”
Fahad Al Ansari, Manager, Recreation Services, Support Services Directorate, QF, said: “Recreation Services is committed to promoting sport and healthy lifestyles among the QF community through the provision of high-quality facilities, and the West Green Spine is the newest of these. We hope that its facilities will encourage people to maintain and enhance their fitness, as the greatest wealth that we have in our lives is our health.”
The unique facilities at West Green Spine have been designed with a special focus on children of all ages, and its features encourage development and education through creative and sensory play. At the northern end, a large plaza provides adequate space for small events and activities, while towards the southern end of the park the facilities provide for a range of age groups and sports interests, including basketball, volleyball, five-a-side football and a custom designed skate park.
The new facility showcases QF’s commitment to promoting and providing comprehensive sports and recreation services by promoting a healthy life style among the Education City community in a fun and safe environment, through the provision of high quality facilities and the implementation of effective social programs, classes, events and activities.
The official opening also featured a football competition for QF community members under the age of 12, in addition to basketball and volleyball competitions. As well as taking part in the many sporting activities offered, excited youngsters were also able to view the Italian Super Cup Trophy, which was brought to the West Green Spine for visitors to see ahead of the competition’s final between Juventus and Napoli in Doha on 22 December 2014.