Applications open for the fifth cycle of QF’s Qader Award
There are many benefits of exercising regularly, including better mental and physical health and increased confidence and sleep quality. But for people with disabilities, finding accessible and affordable sports programs can be challenging.
In 2018, Qatar Foundation (QF) launched the Qader Award, which provides free access to sports programs for people with disabilities through its Ability Friendly Program. Applications for the fifth edition of the program are now open – and will run until 5 April 2023.
Mark Hughes, Director of Awsaj Academy, said: “At Qatar Foundation, we believe that everyone, regardless of their abilities or financial capabilities, should have the opportunity to participate in physical activity. The Qader Award is helping to break down barriers, ensuring that people with disabilities have equal access to sport through our Ability Friendly Program.
"We have seen the positive impact that the Qader Award has had on people's lives. Sport is transformative tool, not only does it have great physical benefits, but it can also be used to help acquire important life skills, including the ability to adapt to new circumstances and make independent decisions.
“Over the past four years, the Qader Award has supported many individuals and families in Qatar. In the previous cycles, 126 people benefited from the award, and we are looking forward to that number increasing this year.
The Ability Friendly Program is an initiative that supports people of all abilities to engage in sporting and developmental activities. And over the years, the program – through football, swimming– has provided life-changing experiences and opportunities to many children and adults – as well as their families. The winners of the Qader Award will be able to enroll in either of these sports for a full academic year at no cost.
Applicants are eligible to apply for the Qader Award for the 2023-24 academic year if they or a family member have a special need or disability, are living in Qatar, and are aged four years or older for swimming and five years or older for football and have not been previously removed from the award.
All applications must be submitted online and include all the necessary supporting documents. Incomplete applications, or those submitted via email, will not be considered.
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