Doha, 7 October 2019 - The Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy (SC) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Arab Federation for Voluntary Activities (AFVA) to support the development and engagement of volunteers on the road to hosting the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™.
The MoU was signed by Nasser Al Khater, CEO, FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 LLC, and Dr. Yousef Ali Al Kathim, President of the AFVA, and reflects the vision of both organisations to provide volunteering opportunities for people across the region in preparation for Qatar 2022.
Al Khater said the agreement underlined the SC's commitment to engaging with volunteers and helping them develop key skills.
"We recognise the vital role volunteers will play in organising successful events in the lead-up to Qatar 2022 and also the tournament itself. Our volunteers will be engaged in crowd management, safety and security, ticketing, hospitality, marketing and communications, media services and many other areas."
Al Khater highlighted the SC's Volunteering Programme, which was launched in September last year and has attracted more than 250,000 applications.
"We were overwhelmed by the response of people from all over the world and are happy to have already engaged with some of those applicants. During the launch of Al Janoub Stadium in May, more than 1,000 volunteers helped us deliver the event while developing their own skills, such as planning, teamwork and management."
Al Khater also said 400 SC volunteers supported the AR Rahman concert at Khalifa International Stadium, while 350 worked during the CAF Super Cup final, which was recently held in Qatar for the first time.
Al Kathim said AFVA was delighted to join hands with the SC to support preparations for Qatar 2022.
"The AFVA is excited to be part of this momentous global event, the FIFA World Cup Qatar, which His Highness, The Amir, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, said was a tournament for everyone."
Al Kathim continued: "The AFVA has an abundance of experience in voluntary activities for event and tournament organisation. We also have two training hubs, one in Asia and another in Africa, to equip volunteers with the necessary skills to support VIP hospitality services, crisis management, relief, field work and many others."
The AFVA, which was launched in 2003 and has also struck up a partnership with the United Nations Volunteers programme, will support the SC in the delivery of workshops and ensuring volunteers are prepared to help Qatar deliver the biggest single-sport event in the world.