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EMPOWER 2014: Developing the skills to initiate change

EMPOWER 2014: Developing the skills to initiate change

On day two of Reach Out To Asia’s youth conference in Doha, Qatar, participants had the opportunity to take part in a wide range of skill building and knowledge sharing workshops.

EMPOWER 2014 features a diverse schedule and workshops played a central part on day two. Participants were able to attend two of the day’s 25 workshops with some sessions held in Arabic and others in English. Themes featuring everything from advice on building skills useful for employment to acquiring knowledge practical tips on using sport as a tool for development. Highlights included:

  • Right To Play Lebanon demonstrated how sport can be used to build leadership skills and transform communities
  • Liverpool FC led two football coaching clinics, sharing knowledge on how to run football sessions
  • Magic Bus explained different leadership styles, exploring the advantages and disadvantages of each through an experiential activity, encouraging the young people to develop their own styles
  • sportanddev shared its experience 10 years’ of running the sport and development community’s primary online platform with a session on communications and networking
  • A two part workshop from the Qatar Foundation’s Esker Copeland worked on a draft youth-led resolution on how sport can be used as a tool for development
  • The Cruyff Foundation gave an insight into its work in the Netherlands and worldwide
  • Coaches Across Continents focused on using sport to develop self-directed learners – leaders who are able to identify problems, constructing and implementing solutions
  • Futebol Social shared its experience as the Brazilian participant in the Homeless World Cup
  • Participants were able to develop a range of practical skills, through workshops on subjects including proposal writing and video production

Participants at the conference are predominantly aged 16-26, with varying experiences and knowledge of sport and development. The variety of workshops on offer emphasised this, enabling attendees to engage in a diverse range of topics and reflecting the conference’s aim to inspire young people to take active roles in building their communities and have a voice on global issues.


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Paul Hunt


Thursday, March 27, 2014 - 23:00