Nineteen colleges at Umm Al-Qura University have started the first internal sports championship, launched by the UQU Vice President for Female Student Affairs, Dr. Sarah Al-Khuli, in the gymnasium hall in the University City at Al-Abdiyyah. The aim of the internal sports championship is to select the team that will represent the university in the external championships between Saudi universities, in a number of sports competitions.
The Vice Dean of Student Affairs for Activities and Student Training, Dr. Nahlaa Hariri, stated that the series of tournaments are part of the activities' management plans for the past academic year, which are meant to enhance the skills of female students and develop their diverse talents. This is achieved through organizing five sports tournaments, including the Cup of Dr. Sarah Al-Khuli for Futsal Football, the Triathlon Championship, paralympic games, swimming, and friendly archery tournaments, in cooperation with qualified trainers who contribute to creating pre-tournament participation with ongoing coaching and training.
She pointed out that the participation in the internal championships would help form the Umm Al-Qura University team (female section), which would contend for the Saudi Universities Sports Federation (SUSF) Championship in its tenth season, including the second gathering at Imam Abdul-Rahman bin Faisal University for the Basketball Tournament, and the third gathering for Futsal Football competitions and archery at Princess Nourah bint Abdulrahman University. She affirmed that the administration is preparing the UQU team with training camps and fitness workouts. In addition, the nutrition of team members is supervised, in partnership with the Nutrition Department of the College of Medical Sciences.
Dr. Nahlaa explained that the importance of the program and its goals is not limited to only the participation of female students and their winning the tournaments; rather, it is expected that such participations will continue as a lifestyle, represented in carrying out different sports games or fitness workouts, and being careful to have a healthy diet, realizing its role in building a healthy and strong body.