ABU DHABI // The Federal National Council made several recommendations during its session on Tuesday regarding the involvement of youth in sports.
The youth committee, headed by Marwan bin Ghalita (Dubai), recommended the reformulation of performance indicators and goals for the council of youth and sport, to guarantee the establishment of youth centre infrastructure.
The committee also recommended the establishment of a sports law that would complete systematised regulations to organise all sorts of sports. In particular, it would focus on professional sports, sports management and the relationship between the council and sports social clubs.
The committee will look at establishing a unified national plan of programmes and activities with scientific indicators to prepare a national sports force.
The council also pointed out the importance of Emiratising managerial and technical roles while increasing incentives such as salaries, bonuses and social benefits.
It recommended performing regular trials to assess the experience of professionals in different sports, and increasing initiatives to spread professionalism.
The committee will also study the redistribution of financial allowances currently allocated to football to see if some funds could be redirected to other sports.
The committee will create and execute a strategic plan related to the Sports Medical Centre in cooperation with the General Authority of Youth and Sports Welfare. It will also look into integrating efforts between the authority, the UAE Olympic Committee, Abu Dhabi Educational Council and other local sports councils to sponsor talented children.
The authority will support disabled participation in sports by providing a comprehensive database and appropriate infrastructure to better serve disabled participants.
It will also re-examine the needs of sports clubs in the UAE in terms of water and electricity, and the need to cover the financial debts of the clubs to ensure their continuous service to young people.
The committee will also study whether children of Emirati mothers were able to take part in activities. It will encourage women in sports and provide the necessary facilities.
The establishment of multi-purpose gyms fully equipped for sports competitions and activities was also discussed.
The recommendations were approved by all present members.