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