ASPIRE FOOTBLL DREAMS (AFD):
This was the academy’s unique humanitarian project which aimed to identify talented young players from around the world and then nurture and provide them with life skills as well as a quality education.
It was an opportunity for thousands of 13-year-old boys in developing countries to demonstrate their talent and be rewarded with an educational scholarship and a chance to realize their dream of reaching the heights of international football.
For those selected, the programme provided a comprehensive package which included private school education, coaching, friendly international games, social, medical and sport scientific support as well as accommodation and food.
The idea of starting AFD was born in 2005, when Aspire Academy and stakeholders in Qatar looked for a way to support developing countries while also developing the talent at Aspire. Taking into account the philosophy and background of Aspire Academy, providing scholarships and giving young players the opportunity to get a sound education in the best possible environment and enabling them to start a career as a professional football player, seemed to be the best option.