Aspire Federation Sports Program
Aspire Academy provides support for a number of athletes outside its core sports of football, athletics, squash, table-tennis, fencing and shooting.
This support is mainly academic, allowing athletes the time and flexibility to train and compete in their chosen sport whilst receiving a high quality education.
Aspire also provides sports science services to a number of athletes from federations.
Aspire, since its inception in collaboration with the Qatar Fencing Federation (QFF), has produced several outstanding fencers who have represented Qatar at international events.
Aspire student-athletes can compete in any of the three fencing disciplines:
- The foil – a light thrusting weapon, whereby attacks can only be delivered with the tip of the weapon. The Foil target consists of the front torso and the back torso down to the top of the hips.
- The Epee – also a thrusting weapon, however the entire body is a valid target, from the soles of the feet to the top of the head, and out to the tips of the fingers.
- The Sabre – a cutting and thrusting weapon, whereby attacks can be delivered with the edge and the tip of the blade. A valid target for the Sabre is the entire body above the waist.
In recent years Aspire has had considerable success with our golf program in collaboration with the Qatar Golf Association (QGA). Our National Team Players are continuously improving their handicaps and are representing Qatar at both Junior and Senior levels regularly.
Our biggest success to date with the golf program was during the Doha Arab Games 2011, where two of the Aspire student-athletes were rewarded with top ten finishes with Ali receiving a Bronze Medal for his efforts.
During Federation training time the athletes train at the prestigious Doha Golf Club. Since 1998, each year many of the world's top golfers compete on the Club's unique and challenging desert-type Championship Course. The course measures 7,355 yards from the tournament tees and was designed by Peter Harradine, one of the world's leading golf course architects.
Gymnastics and Trampoline
Being one of the most successful partnership programs between Aspire Academy and the Qatar Gymnastics Federation (QGF) the Gymnastics and Trampoline program boasts a wealth of talent representing Qatar at all levels of competition over the past few years, including silver medal success at the Doha Arab Games 2011.
The Aspire Dome also enables the student-athletes to train twice daily with the Federation coaches in our highly equipped gymnastics hall. With all the international standard apparatus available on-site we provide the perfect learning environment to develop their gymnastics skills with the QGF having full control of their athletes’ training program.
Qatar has a great tradition with shooting winning many medals at international competition at all levels. The Aspire Academy shooting athletes have represented Qatar at numerous junior events and even represented Qatar at the Arab Games in the senior events.
The student-athletes train at the Qatar Shooting and Archery Association based at the Lusail shooting range with the youth coaches supplied by the Federation for the many disciplines.
The disciplines provided are as follows:
- Pistol Shooting
- Running Target
Aspire Zone boasts some of the best swimming and diving facilities found anywhere in the world with a total of 12 swimming pools at their disposal which include the Aspire Dome and the Hamad Aquatic Center.
This allows the Aspire student-athlete an exceptional opportunity to work with the Qatar Swimming Association for both the morning and afternoon training sessions. The Aspire student-athletes work with the Federation coaches on improving and developing their respective strokes and selected disciplines.
Aspire is committed to providing the best possible support for the development of all the Federation sports within our program. Aspire will provide guidance for the student-athletes who we hope will represent the country of Qatar and become role models for future student-athletes of the Aspire Academy.
All student-athletes to be admitted into the Aspire Academy first and foremost have to be highly talented at their respected sports. From this they will be integrated into the Aspire Talent Identification program where they will be subjected to the “Silver” and “Gold” phases of testing. A mutual decision will then be taken between the student-athlete, parents, Federations and Aspire for entry into the Academy.
The student-athletes will attend the Aspire school for their academic studies and participate in morning training sessions with Aspire coaches, whilst the Federations will provide sports specific training in the afternoons at specific venues within Qatar.
Competitions and Training camps
Our strategy allows the student-athletes to be chosen by the Federations to compete in a variety of tournaments allowing them to participate in a balanced competition-training program. Competitions are part of Aspire’s holistic approach, needed to go beyond the physical & technical to also promote fair play, ethics and building character during competition.
- Domestic Tournaments, Qatar
- GCC Tournaments
- Arab Tournaments
- Asian Tournaments
- International Competitions
Training camps are usually conducted outside of the school calendar year such as the summer holidays. However during exceptional circumstances such as representing Qatar at international competitions exceptions can be made with requests being made by the Federation to Aspire Academy in advance.
Aspire Academy Aquatics Program
The Aspire Academy Aquatics Program has three key components:
- Water safety and swimming proficiency
- Swimming training as a method of physical conditioning
- Water-based training for injury rehabilitation and recovery
Aspire Academy student-athletes acquire the skills necessary to safely enjoy aquatic environments and activities. They progress through a four-tiered proficiency program that builds confidence and helps them to master the aquatic environment.
Aspire Federation Sports program Head Coach
The Aspire Federation Sports program Head Coach is Mark Beharrell.
A multi-sports development coach, Mr. Beharrell has been with the Aspire Academy for six years. In that time, he has enjoyed much success overseeing numerous Multi-Sports Development Center programs which are producing talented boys to enter the Aspire Academy and National Federation programs.
Mark has a Bachelor’s degree in Sports Science & Management from Loughborough University in the UK. A former international Pole Vaulter for the Great Britain and Northern Ireland team, he enjoyed much success as a junior, winning many national titles before moving into coaching. He currently performs a double-role of supervising Multi-Sports Skill Training Centre’s for primary age boys and managing the Aspire Academy Federation Sports group of secondary school students.