The social, health and economic benefits of activating under 15s are significant, and are compounded over lifetimes and between generations:

What’s happening right now?

  • World Health Organization recommends 60 mins physical activity per day for all young people. Less than 1% of youth under the age of 15 in Saudi Arabia comply with this recommendation.
  • In KSA, 4.7% of under 15s participate in organized sports outside school compared to 74% in Australia.
  • Playing multiple sports is key for continued participation in adulthood as suggested by international research. National survey shows that 11% of under 15s participate in more than one sport.
  • Research showed that children with active parents are most likely to be active and maintain participation as adults. In KSA, parents are even less active than the rest of the population: 16% are active.
  • Research by the Australian Sports Commission shows 90% of kids with at least one parent who volunteer in sport are active in sport outside of school. Volunteering is low among parents in KSA – only 2.4% of parents volunteer in sports.

The Impact of Focusing on Youth under the age of 15

  • Research analyzed as part of Aspen Institute’s Project Play shows that physically active children do better in life.
  • Physically active children are: Ten times less likely to be obese
  • Have a 40% chance to perform better academically
  • Less likely to engage in smoking, drug use or risky behavior
  • 15% more likely to go to college
  • Earn 7-8% more throughout life
  • Save up to 10,000 SAR per year on health costs
  • Have a reduced risk of heart disease, stroke, cancer and diabetes

The Schools Challenge

The schools Challenge: participation of 19 schools, 2 cities (Riyadh and Hufuf), 1441 participants.

Global Marathon Challenge

200 participants and volunteers in the race from different grades in a global competition from different schools.

Olympic Days for Female Schools

Different sports activities and competitions to encourage students to become more physically active. 2276 participants, 276 teachers, 29 schools. Teachers were trained on integrating different activities within PE classes through this program. 11 Federations participated including: Tennis, Volleyball, Taekwondo, Athletics, Karate, Table Tennis, Basketball, Archery, Cycling, Bowling and Football.

What do we aim to achieve?


By 2020, 64% of U15s participate in sports and physical activity once a week.


By 2020, 20% of U15s participate in more than 1 organized sports outside of school.


By 2020, 5% of U15s meet WHO guidelines of exercising 60 mins/day


By 2020, 19% of parents participate in sports once a week.

How are we going to achieve this?


Summer camps and leagues, capacity building programs for teachers and coaches, Parents’ targeted programs


With government stakeholders who serve the same segment, facilities for youth, and international organizations who have succeeded in serving this segment, other sports federations.


to enable and encourage U15s to participate in sports.

Interesting Sources on Youth Sports

Trending 28 Jul 2018

Youth Personas

Rice on the rise 28 Jul 2018

“Cities Alive: Towards
A Walking World”