The Liverpool Football Association of Bahrain, sponsored by one of the country’s leading banks, had set up an event at a five-star hotel for fans to watch the Champions League final between Liverpool and Tottenham recently.
Although I am not a member, I was invited to be part of the “spectators” and enjoyed the atmosphere of excitement and sociability among the nearly 200 Liverpool fans who were present.
The event was very well organised and a great success. Keeping that in mind, I would like to put forward a proposal to the Youth and Sports Affairs Ministry to exploit such events as a golden opportunity to unite young people and those who love the world’s most popular game.
It would be a great idea if the ministry organises such events in gymnasiums and sports complexes and sets up large screens for the people to watch the game on. I am, of course, aware the government is working hard to encourage initiatives and programmes that benefit the youth and sports sector and support all efforts to implement its vision and turn it into reality.
Young people are today in dire need of programmes that help take care of their free time. These simple things can bring together everyone in society in harmony and get rid of disagreements, if any. I feel it is time to think outside the box to implement such ideas.
Yes, we need dynamic decision makers who have sufficient awareness and are open minded in their thinking. Such programmes do not cost much. It is not out of place to use the private sector to support these initiatives or to contribute in giving some prizes as a kind of support.
However, we have to be realistic.
The objective is to increase the Ministry’s income as much as it is an investment in the human element.
I hope this proposal will be taken seriously by the ministry’s officials, headed by our young minister, Aymen Tawfiq Almoayyed, who was appointed recently.
I hear he has several creative ideas and strives to promote sports and athletes in Bahrain.