FC Barcelona Foundation’s FutbolNet program has been awarded the prestigious Silver Award in the category 'Best sports youth development initiative ' in the ceremony of the second edition of the Sports Industry Awards 2014 organised by the UAE sports newspaper , ‘Sport 360 ' , which aims to highlight the organizations supporting sports events and activities in the Middle East .
During the gala, held recently in Dubai, awards were given in 12 different categories- from entrepreneurship to social activities. The program ' FutbolNet ' which is being run in Qatar , was amongst 150 projects nominated in the social activities section and after the first round was chosen along with eight nominees for the award, finally winning the Silver Award for tangible contributions to the development of young people 's involvement in sport". The award was accepted by Diego Perez , head of Shell's social projects in the Middle East and North Africa , a company that collaborates in the implementation of ' FutbolNet ' in the Middle East (Qatar , Iraq and Oman) .
Since January and for the second consecutive year, the FC Barcelona Foundation has been running its project for transmitting values through football - FutbolNet - in Qatar , Iraq and Oman . The program this year will be run in five Iraqi cities (Ad Dayr , Basrah , Abu Al Khasib , Zubayr and Annashwa ) , six more in Oman ( Muscat, Ibri , Bediya , Sohar , Fanjah , Barkai ) and two in Qatar (Doha and Al Khor ) . In each country a thousand children between the ages of 8 and 16 will benefit from the programme.
In Iraq, the project is working intensively on reducing aggressive behaviour in young people and improving school performance . In Qatar, the methodology focuses on promoting healthy eating habits to fight the high rates of childhood obesity in the country, while in Oman teamwork and respect are the focus of the project . A new feature in Qatar and Oman this year is that two groups of women , traditionally secluded sporting activities in these areas, have joined FutbolNet .