10 Top After-School Activities in Qatar
After-school activities can do more than just supplement your children’s education and keep them busy after school. They also help build confidence, teach social skills, practice problem solving and encourage healthy lifestyles through sports.
Now that summer break is over, after-school and weekend activities in Qatar are back in session. Check out these exciting extracurricular classes around Doha.
British Council English Language Centre
Whether you want to study at a top university, improve your career prospects in the global economy, give your child a head start, or simply make new friends throughout the world, studying English with the British Council Qatar will keep you on the fast track to success. If you’ve never studied English before, or need to brush up on the basics, they will help you improve your speaking, listening, reading and writing. Courses at the British Council Qatar can help you begin to communicate and understand basic information to interact with people from other countries, at work or socially.
To gain a wider and clearer understanding of exactly how the world speaks, join their English language journey, exploring an unrivalled range of courses and support available from the world’s English experts.
Engineering For Kids Qatar
Engineering For Kids brings the fun of science, technology, engineering and math education to kids, ages four to 14, through exciting camps, after-school classes, birthday parties and more. Young engineers have the opportunity to design, build, test and refine their own creations in a safe and fun environment. When your child attends programs at Engineering For Kids, they are introduced to the subject in a way that engages them and encourages them to continue learning.
Their programmes let young learners delve deeper into specific types of engineering including aerospace, chemical, civil, electrical, electronic, environmental, industrial, marine, mechanical, robotics, software, coding and 3D printing. Classes consist of both self-guided and teacher-led projects to ensure that your child is learning in a fun, safe environment. From rockets and sailboats to chemically crafted concoctions and more, they offer a variety of programs and workshops that your children are sure to enjoy. Whether your child wants to explore engineering as a career option or just wants to have fun figuring out how stuff works, Engineering For Kids makes it happen.
Classes: Aerospace engineering, chemical engineering, civil engineering, environmental engineering, electronic engineering, industrial engineering, marine engineering, mechanical engineering, robotics engineering, software engineering, 3D printing
Ages: Four to 14 years
Fees: QR 500–750 per month
Location: Villa 42, Ras Al Dabiya Street, Hazm Al Markhia, Doha
Contact: 6607-4567 or 4488-7765, efkqatar.com
Evolution Sports Qatar
Evolution Sports is Qatar’s fastest growing multi-sports provider for children and young adults aged two to 16 years. Formed in 2007 Evolution Sports quickly established itself as a market leader in the provision of sports for children and young adults in Qatar. Already recognised as one of the leading academies in the Middle East, Evo has worked alongside the Qatar Olympic Committee, the Qatar Football Association, the Qatar Stars League and Aspire to provide a world class coaching environment where good values and sportsmanship are held in equally high regard as winning and losing. At Evolution Sports we believe that a child’s health is paramount to their success.
Classes: Soccer, Swimming, Basketball, Netball
Ages: Two to 16 years
Fees: QR 2,260 for 14 weeks (QR 80 per session)
Location: Al Waab, Westbay, Duhail and Abu Hamour
Contact: 4407-6772, evosportsqatar.com
Royal Martial Arts
In this popular, high-energy class, Royal Martial Arts turns up the music and combines multiple martial arts styles in one all-round program. Students will target many different skills of the martial arts spectrum; modern kickboxing combinations, flashy kicks from taekwondo, powerful self-protection techniques and the latest spinning kicks from tricking and gymnastics.
The classes are fun, upbeat and jazzed up by today’s latest pop-music. They have four large bouncy mats (AirTracks), crash-mats and all the kickboxing equipment to make each class unique and more fun than the last. They strive to create a fun and friendly atmosphere where students feel confident to try new things, overcome fears and have lots of fun along the way.
The training follows an official USA curriculum, designed by worlds leading martial artists. Classes are provided by certified European professionals from the Netherlands with extensive experience in all respective fields.
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Class: A mixed martial arts programme, including elements of kickboxing, taekwondo, karate, self-defence, anti-bullying, gymnastics and tricking
Ages: Six to 20 years
Fees: QR 1,500 per semester for two days a week (28 classes)
Location: Al Mana Hills compound (Aspire Zone area) and Al Rayyan Village compound (near Hamad hospital)
Contact: 3335-1117, martialarts.qa
Clement Fencing Academy
Clement Fencing Academy sets up educational and training programs in fencing. CFA is certified “French Fencing School”, is affiliated to both the French Fencing Federation and the Qatar Fencing Federation. CFA is managed by a French Master and assisted by a Spanish Master.
All classes are age-appropriate to take into account the particularities of the development of children and adolescents.
The pleasure of sport, the pleasure of meeting new friends and the game are the foundations of the pedagogy while maintaining a rigour essential to the practice of fencing and a high training standard. Fencers can evaluate their progress through an effective and recognized certification program and tournaments every trimester.
Ages: Four and a half years old to adult
Fees: QR 370 per month for one day a week up to QR 590 per month for three days a week
Location: Al Waab and West Bay
Contact: 7751-2469, clementfencing.com
Hamilton Aquatics offer an extensive range of swimming programmes for all abilities from three months old to adults. Their programmes are focused on improving swimming performance and water safety by offering a distinct and easy to follow pathway in a safe and structured environment. Everyone within Hamilton Aquatics is treated as an individual, so it doesn’t matter what your current ability is, and what your personal goals are, from complete beginner through to international athlete, Hamilton Aquatics is here to support you.
Gymnastics Academy offers group gymnastics class from ages four and up, where gymnasts of different abilities can develop skills on the floor, bars, beam, and vault. The programme follows the FIG and USA Syllabus and includes training on all four apparatus. Junior gymnasts start with lots of soft play equipment. The Academy’s gymnasts regularly take part in displays and take part in many competitions around Doha.
Ages: Four years and up
Fees: QR 80 per class, discounts are available for booking multiple classes
Location: Doha English Speaking School, American School of Doha, Compass Al Rayyan and Al Jazeera Academy
Contact: 5582-9428, gymacademydoha.com
Doha Sports Park at Doha Golf Club
Doha Pearl Academy is unique in Doha, the syllabus and pathway formed to take its players into the QFA through the established and successful Pearl FC senior team aspiring for professional status in the QFA 2nd division. The Academy’s essential football learning and holistic development syllabus for youth development will guide your child through discipline, learning, problem-solving, fitness, vision, focus, awareness and teamwork to ensure in repeated football scenarios your child’s talent potential is pushed through our bespoke player pathway. UEFA A licensed coaching staff.
The Golf Academy Junior and School programmes help lay the seeds that help children grow into healthy, active and respectable adults. The physical and social elements of golf help children to develop values such as honesty, responsibility and respect for others. It is also a great form of exercise that can be played throughout their whole life. Taught by fully qualified PGA professionals.
Classes: Football and golf
Ages: Three to 18 years for Doha Pearl Academy football, five to 18 years for Golf Academy
Fees: Doha Pearl Academy football QR 550–650 per month for three days a week, Golf Academy QR 575 per month for one day a week
Location: Doha Golf Club, West Bay
Contact: Doha Pearl Academy 4496-0738, Golf Academy 4496-0755, dohagolfclub.com
Fame Basketball & Fitness Academy
Fame is a professional basketball academy that provides a 360-experience for players from four to 16 years old. Kids are taught basketball skills, fitness and nutrition. Fame offers tailored programs based on players’ level and age ensuring effectiveness and that each player gets the chance to improve and love the game. Teams are grouped by ages—four to six, five to eight, boys nine to 12, girls nine to 12, girls 12 and up, ladies only. Fame coaches are top notch, with strong past experiences in and outside of Qatar, friendly, professional and come from different backgrounds.
Classes: Basketball, fitness and nutrition programs, ladies-only basketball skills
Ages: Four to 16 years
Fees: QR 600 per month for two days, QR 750 per month for three days
Location: Gharrafa, Madinat Khalifa and Al Rayyan
Contact: 3104-0405, fameqa.com
Arts & Crafts Centre
Arts & Crafts is a vibrant centre located in the heart of Doha, Qatar. Their workshops have been customised for all ages so that they can introduce art in a fun and creative way. In addition, they cater to events, birthdays, schools and universities under the supervision of well-experienced instructors. Arts and Crafts centre is the place where art meets imagination. Learning and enriching your skills is their main goal.
They strive to provide a platform for people of all ages to explore their hidden potentials in art, to spread art within the community in Qatar, and teach their students the foundations of painting, pottery and crafts.
Classes: Acrylic painting, oil painting, sketching, pottery, glass art, decoupage art
Ages: Two years and up
Fees: QR 450-650 per month
Location: South Duhail
Contact: 4486-5201 or 6686-7993, artsandcrafts.qa