Goal Click Qatar
Goal Click Qatar
A selection of snapshots from the lives of participants of the Generation Amazing programme shared by the Goal Click project.
To mark three years to go until the start of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022, Goal Click has launched Goal Click Qatar, a photography series revealing the untold story of Qatari football culture, through the eyes and words of people living in the next World Cup host nation. Launched in collaboration with the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy (SC), the series features unfiltered personal stories told directly by Qataris and non-Qatari residents of the country - including workers, fans, journalists, coaches, and both grassroots and professional players. Goal Click gave each participant a disposable analogue camera to capture their football lives.
The series included a number of coaches and participants from Generation Amazing, the SC’s football for development programme, which uses football to develop and inspire young people, enabling them to change their communities for the better.
The series will also be brought together in an exhibition at Darb Al Saai in Doha during the FIFA Club World Cup in December.
My name is Bhulinder Singh, originally from India. I am working as an Operation Manager in NAAAS GROUP – a facility management company in Doha Qatar for the last seven years. I have been working as a volunteer and ambassador with the Generation Amazing Football 4 Development (F4D) Programme under the Supreme Committee for the last four years.
My name is Hamad Abdullah Abdulaziz. I'm a master coach at the Generation Amazing programme. Generation Amazing is a sports education programme which uses the power of football and its popularity around the world and the region to change children's behaviours through football. In a Qatari neighbourhood, this photo shows the players’ alertness and focus when playing. If you look at how the player has positioned himself and how his body looks, his technique is correct. I could even use this photo in my coaching sessions to show how a player's positioning of his body could help him score.
We try to focus on life skills, group work, effective leadership and effective communication. This photo shows that football unites able-bodied people with people with disabilities. Both kids are playing football, they are both competing to get to the ball, united in the game. You can't tell, but one of the kids playing has a disability. Yet the players' excitement and competitiveness are matched. It really shows you that football is for everyone and is loved by everyone. They are both confident, they're both enjoying their time.
I'm Inamul Hasan, from Sri Lanka. I have been living in Qatar for four years now. I work as a catering supervisor, but I am also a workers’ ambassador and volunteer coach with the Qatar 2022 legacy programme Generation Amazing. In early 2016 I got the chance to move to Doha. At the beginning, I missed my country, but then something life-changing happened. In May 2016, the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy (SC) started the Generation Amazing pilot programme in Asian City. Thanks to Generation Amazing, I got the chance to play football regularly.
I think football can develop a lot of things in our community, if we look at education, human rights, and the environment. Females are so excited about what is happening here to help develop women’s football. There are a lot of changes, which improve their passion for football. The government is making football part of contemporary life, people here can’t live without football. Football is the number one game, and it is becoming a routine. People are always asking me why I love football that much, or why I am just talking about it. I remember that sometimes in school I had to play in class with a plastic bottle…I think that is the answer. I just want to say it’s in my blood.
I am Kinda Turki from Al-Hasakah in Syria. I have played in the Al Jazeera Sports Club women’s team, and I also played for the Syrian women’s national team in 2009/10, including at the 2010 Arabia Women's Cup. I came to Qatar in 2011. Currently I am working with Aspire Academy as a football coach and scout, and I am working as a coach for the Generation Amazing programme. In the photo, two girls were playing football, one from Al Sadd girl’s academy (in black) and the second one from Evaluation Academy (in red). It was a friendly game between these two academies. I tried to show the meaning of fair play and sportsmanship.