In keeping with its mission to grow and advance women’s sports in Sharjah and the UAE, the Sharjah Women’s Sports Foundation, SWSF, has introduced a list of 9 key sporting activities including basketball, volleyball, table tennis, shooting, archery, fencing and several athletic options. Other sports include show jumping, and self-defence disciplines like karate, jiu-jitsu and taekwondo.
Through its development strategy, the foundation seeks to train a higher number of Emirati sportswomen and give them prominence in the regional and international sports scene by enabling them to compete in important tournaments. SWSF has been working to raise awareness about women’s sports, developing the capabilities of local women in sports in line with the directives of Her Highness Sheikha Jawaher bint Mohammed Al Qasimi, Wife of His Highness the Ruler of Sharjah, Chairperson of the Supreme Council for Family Affairs, SCFA, and Chairperson of the SWSF.
"SWSF has been leading the emirate’s efforts to develop the athletic talents of women, eliminating taboos and encouraging women to take up sports, and has extended both financial and emotional support to them. The foundation has reinforced the strong need for more and more female representatives on the UAE sports landscape, increasing their role locally, regionally and internationally. We have also been hosting the Arab Women Sports Tournament in Sharjah for three years, providing female athletes with a professional platform on which to compete and showcase their skills. Such initiatives go a long way in not just elevating the stature of women in sports in Sharjah and the UAE, but is a window through which the world can learn about the local talent that exists in the UAE," said Nada Askar Al Naqbi, Director-General of SWSF.
"The foundation seeks to increase its efforts in developing and empowering women, especially in the field sports sector. The sporting activities added to SWSF’s offerings is a step in this direction. By constantly equipping the foundation’s facilities with new and improved offerings, we wish to further our ambition of enabling a paradigm shift in women’s sports. We envision a future for our nation where Emirati women will be as capable to represent us at regional and international tournaments. We want them to achieve glory in sports for themselves, their families, community and country in key global sports such as basketball, volleyball, table tennis, karate and shooting. SWSF aims to nurture the unique abilities of local sportswomen, and continue to raise awareness about the importance of women in sports among local community members," Al Naqbi added.
She shared SWSF’s long-term vision of fostering a love of sports, creating a community of talented sportswomen by bringing local women’s sports to a level that adopts best international practices, and making bold strides at local, regional and global levels. The foundation provides staff with professional development and training who, in turn, will provide best-in-class services to members.
SWSF was established under an Emiri Decree in November 2016 by H.H. Dr. Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah, Chaired by Her Highness Sheikha Jawaher bint Mohammed Al Qasimi, wife of His Highness the Ruler of Sharjah. It strives to empower national women athletes and develop human capital in the field of women's sport. It also seeks to create a talented generation of women leaders in the field of sport, encourage women's participation in different sports, promote sports culture and provide a stimulating environment that contributes to levitating women's sports.