11 Nov 2020
Doha. Aspire Academy and Qatar Foundation have agreed to extend their ongoing two-year football training agreement following the approval of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), that was signed by Ali Salem Afifa, Deputy Director General of Aspire Academy, and Amy Johnson, Director of Community Engagement at Qatar Foundation, on Wednesday, November 11th,2020. Taking part and present at the signing ceremony were Aspire Technical Director of Football, Edorta Murua, Aspire Football Administration manager, Saeed Al-Marri and Hamad Al Shaiba, Qatar Foundation Sports Programming Specialist.
The agreement stipulates that Aspire Academy will continue benefiting from the use of three of Qatar Foundation’s football pitches to train youth talent. The sites are located at Education City, Al Khor and Al Wakra.
“This agreement is more than just a contract; it is a symbolic partnership of unity as two key national institutions join forces to benefit the wider community. The Aspire Zone Foundation and Qatar Foundation both play a central role in the realization of the Qatar National Vision 2030, as both entities continue to actively support and contribute to the Human Development Pillar of the national vision, through sports and community development respectively,” Ali Salem commented over the signing of the MoU.
Amy Johnson said: “Community development is at the core of Qatar Foundation’s mission and, this agreement further demonstrates our commitment to supporting and reinforcing the development of Qatar’s society. The work of Aspire Academy, which involves the training of an entire generation of national sports professionals, makes an invaluable contribution to the progression and sustainability of Qatari society, now and into the future, and we are therefore proud to be taking active steps in supporting the growth of this work.”
About Aspire Academy:
Since opening its doors in 2004, Aspire Academy for Sports Excellence has become one of the foremost national sports academies in the world. Working as part of the Aspire Zone Foundation – an international sport destination – Aspire Academy is at the heart of a sporting revolution currently taking place in Qatar and around the region. The Academy is conceiving, promoting and implementing game-changing excellence in sports training and elite athlete development that is enabling an entire generation of talented, disciplined and committed Qatari athletes to pursue their sporting dreams. Together with the other members of the Aspire Zone Foundation (Aspire Logistics and ASPETAR Qatar Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine Hospital), Aspire Academy is developing sports champions, promoting healthy lifestyles and galvanizing the sports economy of today, and the future.