International Experience

Since there is a strong focus on the individual and personal development of players, the Academy has also started a special program called the "HOPE Project" (Habituating Overseas Professional Experience) in 2012, which is a multi-months, season or year-long foreign exchange program for the most gifted football players (ages 18 – 22) with the objective that they experience and adapt to the standard training, professional competition and football culture within leading European clubs and through Aspire’s own club in Belgium (KAS Eupen).

The number of players in the program continues to increase on an annual basis including the majority of Qatar’s U-19 Asian Champions Team (AFC Cup, Myanmar, October 2014).

The HOPE project has been launched in harmony with the school vision to develop highly educated youth athlete leaders together with promoting a responsive environment and realizing Qatar’s plan to prepare a National Football Team by the time it hosts the 2022 World Cup.

In order to experience training in different environments and conditions, teams have training camps outside of Qatar and go to countries like Senegal to train at the Aspire Academy there. This concept is called "Elite Group Training" and involves different age-groups each season. There is also a similar individual concept called "Elite Player Training". Within this special training program, the best two players of each generation of the Academy have the opportunity to join and train two weeks at European Clubs such as Real Sociedad (Spain), Bayer Leverkusen, Borussia Moenchengladbach and Schalke 04 (Germany).

An important relationship has been built with Austrian club LASK Linz where several professional players who are Aspire graduates from Qatar continue to develop within Europe’s football culture. www.lask.at

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