Reports that the youth in Basra city are bored, under skilled and becoming disillusioned are prompting a youth development project at Al-Tannumah Stadium between Gulf Region South and Aegis Defense Services. The facility has four soccer teams, a weight lifting gym and martial arts dojo enjoyed by more than 1,000 members, most of whom are under 18.
The Aegis team in Basra and GRS recently completed a $450,000 refurbishment of the facility. The local Aegis crew requested funds from Aegis Foundation to provide the stadium members with a generator, soccer kits, martial arts equipment and training shoes. All the equipment was purchased locally, which helps bolster the local economy.