Aspire sports summit set for grand kick off in Amsterdam

 02 Oct 2016 - 2:22


Doha: Experts from more than 50 international clubs and federations meet in Amsterdam on October 3 and 4 to enhance the development of the game.
Two-day event to create a wide range of networking opportunities for European and Qatari sport industry professionals
Greats of the game including Andres Villas-Boas, Xavi Hernandez, Carles Puyol, Edwin van der Sar, Ruud van Nistelrooy and Marc Overmars are in Amsterdam early next week to take part in Aspire Academy’s two highest profile events, namely ASPIRE4SPORT and the Global Summit on Football Performance and Science (GSFPS).
These exceptional football legends and experts will join representatives from more than 50 of the world’s leading clubs, federations and leagues during ASPIRE4SPORT and the Global Summit on Football Performance & Science which take place at the iconic Amsterdam ArenA, home of AFC Ajax . 
ASPIRE4SPORT, a two-day event and networking session, brings European and Qatari sports industry professionals together to pave the way for future partnerships. 
In parallel, Aspire Academy will be hosting the “Global Summit” on ‘Football Performance and Science’ to share ideas and approaches and discuss how science, technology and cutting-edge coaching techniques positively influence the game.
More than 160 representatives from clubs including FC Barcelona, Manchester United, AC Milan and Juventus will take part in the Global Summit, making it one of the largest gatherings of its kind anywhere in the world. Together they will review and examine the latest training methods and approaches designed to nurture championship potential and support elite performance.
This group of experts – known as the “Aspire in the World Fellows” community – has developed rapidly since it was established in 2014. 
Since it was launched, the community has continued to grow and develop, and for the first time this year the original members of the “Aspire in the World Fellows” were invited to extend invitations to affiliate clubs, meaning up to 80 football clubs are expected to attend the summit.
Also for the first time this year, the event will feature “Master Classes” delivered by renowned global experts. Argentinian star manager Marcelo Bielsa, who led Argentina’s national team to victory in the 2004 Olympics as well as Chile’s national team and clubs like Athletic Bilbao, will lead one such “Master Class” on training methodology during both days. 
ASPIRE4SPORT also features a business-to-business exhibition that will create a wide range of networking opportunities for European and Qatari sport industry professionals. 
A large number of Qatari and Middle Eastern government organisations and companies will attend the event to meet representatives from across Europe’s leading sports business sectors including construction, sports medicine, logistics, event management, communication and technology. Last year’s ASPIRE4SPORT resulted in face-to-face talks between 148 international suppliers and 19 exhibitors resulting in 988 scheduled business meetings.
Speaking ahead of the event, Xavi Hernendez said: “I have trained many times at the Aspire Academy. The country and its people have a true passion for football and that is demonstrated not just by their hosting the World Cup in 2022, but by their commitment to youth development and sports science.
“ASPIRE4SPORT and the Global Summit on Football Performance & Science are further evidence of Qatar’s pioneering work in this area and I’m looking forward to sharing a stage with some of the great names in football to talk about the importance of youth development.”
Valter Di Salvo, Director of Football Performance & Science at Aspire Academy, said: “In previous years, these events have brought together world leaders in football performance and science to further improve how we all nurture and develop talent – and this year is no different.”