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Saudi British sports agreement set for even  greater levels of cooperation


26 March 2001

   The top-level cooperation between Saudi Arabia and the UK in sport was highlighted recently by the Deputy President of the General Presidency for Youth Welfare Saleh bin Nasser, during the 10th Joint Higher Committee meeting held recently in London. Attended by senior officials from the British Foreign Commonwealth office, together with the sport MoU Committees from both countries, the main focus of the four-day was to review previous activities – and to plan the events programme for the forthcoming year.

   These activities are held as part of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the UK and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to promote sport cooperation, in an initiative coordinated by the General Presidency of Youth Welfare, and assisted by BAE SYSTEMS.

   During the meeting Saleh bin Nasser, Director of the General Presidency for Youth Welfare commented on the growing success of the MoU for Sports and Youth Welfare stating, “There were a record number of implemented activities last year. The programme is proving to be a valuable vehicle in providing the means for young sportsmen and coaching bodies to develop a better understanding of each other.” Peter Waddell from BAE SYSTEMS added “Undoubtedly, the eventual outcome will be an overall improvement in sporting achievement and great strides in improving the long- term capabilities and career prospects of Saudi and British sportsmen.”

Saudi British sports agreement set for even greater levels of cooperation

   After the review it was agreed that this year’s events will focus on a wider range of academic and sporting activities than ever before. This includes a new MSc course in sports medicine, further development of sports coaches education programmes, Olympic activities and support for disabled sportsmen and coaches through the Saudi Disabled Federation.

   Other activities includes cycling tours, basketball and football tournaments, visiting teams taking part in friendly triathlon and athletics events, volleyball, fencing, tennis, table tennis, squash, gymnastics, equestrian events, and general physical education programmes.

  A selection of specialist workshops will also take place – bringing together experts from both sides who will exchange ideas and provide lectures and seminars on a specific subjects including sports injuries and doping.

  The overall programme is wide ranging and includes a UK media visit for Arabic/English speaking journalists interested in sports, along with youth cultural exchanges to foster the friendly bonds amongst the youth of both countries.

   BAE SYSTEMS is the name of the new company formed by the November 1999 merger of British Aerospace and Marconi Electronic Systems. The company employs more than 2,200 Saudi Nationals in-Kingdom and also assists in supporting and promoting a range of activities. These include the MoU for Sport and Youth Welfare between the UK and the Saudi Arabia General Presidency of Youth Welfare.

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 Issued on behalf of BAE SYSTEMS’ Public Relations. For further information please contact Damian James on 02 672 2276; fax: 02 676 0597; e-mail:


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