Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia – The World Combat Games 2023, currently in full swing in the heart of Riyadh, at the King Saud University.
The magic and passion of the games was brought into the local schools in Riyadh towards cultivating the values of discipline, respect, and inclusivity of the younger generations. With a focus on martial arts, the games presented the perfect opportunity towards educating on all 16 Martial Arts. UTS worked to build a close cooperation with the Saudi Arabian Local Organising Committee and the Saudi Arabia Olympic Academy towards Integrating education and sport. The Youth & Schools program of the World Combat Games 2023 has already garnered huge success in fostering a deep understanding of the core principles embedded within the various martial arts practices.
On October 23rd and 24th morning, Al Motaqadimah International Schools and Tarbiyah Namouthajuyah Schools echoed with excitement as the World Combat Games Youth & School Program unfolded. Reaching over 600 students aged 7-14, the program provided an immersive experience, featuring interactive sessions on combat sports, education, and fun. Students enthusiastically participated in various martial arts, including Sambo, Fencing, Wrestling, and Muaythai, creating lasting memories and receiving gifts as a token of appreciation and participation encouraging them to get active and join the fun.
With the support of United Through Sports (UTS) and the engaging presence of its President Stephan Fox and CEO Julia Govinden, the program emphasized youth leadership, the martial arts values and an active and healthy lifestyle, leaving the young participants captivated and eager to learn. Tokens of appreciation were given to encourage continued participation and enjoyment.
The World Combat Games is grounded in the values of inclusion, non-discrimination and equality, which is very much in line with the vision of His Royal Highness Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman Al Saud, and his Vision 2030 in which youth development and ensuring a better world for the next generation is paramount. With a determination to strengthen and diversify, the ambitions of the kingdom are long term and intend to build a thriving country for their youth.
The National Olympic and Paralympic Committee, under the Presidency of HRH Prince Abdulaziz bin Turki Al Saud, as well as the Ministry Of Sport and the Olympic Academy, contribute a central role within the World Combat Games vision and delivery. Beyond the games are the daily outreach programs focusing on school engagement across Riyadh. With a blend of martial arts and combat sports interlinking with olympic values, the youth are inspired through experiencing new sporting heights and making unforgettable memories.
The program will carry on in the following days where more students from local schools will get to meet more martial arts from the World Combat Games 2023, including the Misks school and students of all abilities from the Children with Disability Association. UTS is proud to be present at the games showcasing that at the heart of everything is the mission to give all youth opportunities to be the best they can be.
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