The Aspire Academy Athletics program develops talented athletes, selected in partnership with the Qatar Athletic Federation and through the Aspire Academy Talent Identification program.

Upon joining the Aspire Academy, the student-athletes are introduced to the full spectrum of athletic disciplines. As they mature and develop through the program the student-athletes begin to specialize in the event group for which they were chosen and/or show the greatest potential.

The focus of the Athletics program is to develop strong, fit and technically proficient athletes, who upon graduation will pursue their athletic talent as part of the Qatar Athletics Federation Junior and Senior National Teams.

Programs & Squads

The Athletics program develops a structured and specific Long Term Athlete Development (LTAD) plan for all student-athletes. The key objective of the Athletics program is to develop student athletes in technical, physical, behavioral and psychological components. The program instills a philosophy and sports culture within the student athletes that provides the foundation for creating successful champions in life.

The development plan for Athletics has a structured framework specific to age, ability and relative performance measures. This program has key development phases and objectives which are critical in the sporting and pedagogical development of student-athletes.

The development pathway of all student-athletes is closely monitored and adjusted according to individual needs. The Athletics program strategy is built on holistic development of all athletes, coaching and life skills through sports, developing habits for a healthy life, achieving international standards, and representing Aspire Academy and Qatar at the international championship levels.

Competition strategy is crucial to the development pathway of all athletes. The Aspire Academy program ensures that all student-athletes have a structured competition schedule that is related to their current Long Term Athlete Development plan. The coaching staff, together with the expertise of sports science and medicine teams, monitor all progression with the appropriate analysis techniques and expert planning. Ultimately, Aspire Academy prepares student-athletes for Qatar National Teams, international tournaments, World Junior & Youth Championships , GCC, Arab and Asian Championships.


Tom Crick

Head Coach Athletics

John Nuttall used to be an international endurance athlete with Nike for over 10 years competing for Great Britain at all major Championships both at junior and senior age groups. Career highlights included Commonwealth Games bronze medal and World Cup Silver over 5000m in 1994.

After retiring from international athletics he worked for British Athletics for 15 years as Senior Endurance Coach. During this time he was the Lead Endurance Coach at over 30 international events including the London Olympic Games. At an individual level, he personally coached 25 national champions in the UK and 7 European medalists including 3 Champions.

Nuttall received the prestigious European Athletics Coaching Excellence award in 2011 and 2014 and his philosophy is: ‘ The best athletes evolve over time. It’s important to develop generic skills in young athletes that can be used to form the foundations for future success in more specific disciplines’.


Program – Summary of Seasons Standards achieved (2009, 2010, 2011)

Performance Targets Athletics program to achieve Season Standards benchmarked against World/International, Asia, Arab and GCC Standards

Recent Results

Athlete Competition Result Event Placing / Group
Yaqoob Husseina American Schools 25:03 200m 3rd / Development
Mishal Sultan American Schools 25:35 200m 5th / Development
Abdulrahman Al Khater American Schools 25:37 200m 4th / Development
Abduljaleel Al Manai Qatar Outdoor Cup 14:03 110m Hurdles 1st / Youth
Shabib Al Dorsa Qatar Outdoor Cup 11:62 100m 1st / Youth
Abubaker Hyder Qatar Outdoor Cup 48.26 400m 1st / Junior
Hafiz Hyder American Schools 2:02.5 800m 1st / Youth
Abdulla Hassan Abdulla Qatar Outdoor Cup 5,295 pts Multis 1st / Youth
Nuh Andu Brno, Czech Republic 2:05m High Jump 5th / Seniors
Mohammed Saqer Qatar Outdoor Cup 4:00m Pole Vault 1st / Youth
Abdulrahman Khusaif Qatar Outdoor Cup 44:36m Discus 4th / Youth
Moaaz Ibrahim Qatar Outdoor Cup 62:45m Discus 1st / Youth
Ambulrahman Al Khater Qatar Cup 13:92 110m H 2nd / Cadets
Jaber Hilal Qatar Cup 14:14 110m H 3rd / Cadets


Event Date Purpose Venue
Asian Youth Championships 8-11th May, 2015 6 Aspire athletes compete for Qatar National Team Doha, Qatar
IAAF Diamond League 15th May, 2015 Aspire Development squad to run in 4x100m relay Doha, Qatar
Aspire Competition Camp 11-22nd June, 2015 3 Aspire athlete in pursuit of QS’s for IAAF World Youth’s in Columbia Slovakia
World schools Championships 28th June – 3rd July, 2015 6 Aspire athletes to compete for Qatar School Federation China
Qatar National Team training camp 28th July – 25th August 2015 6 Aspire athletes to join national team in preparation for GCC’s Cezch Republic
IAAF World Championships 25th August 2015 Small group of Aspire athletes to watch, be motivated and learn from championships Beijing, China

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