Posted on October 01, 2017

Leading figures from sport, business and technology will gather at Stamford Bridge, London on 06 and 07 October, 2017 for a two-day event designed to shape the future of the sports industry, enhance the fan experience and spread best practice in athlete development.

The unique event brings together unparalleled networking and business opportunities for the sports business industry. It will review the latest coaching techniques and methodologies practiced by leading proponents of the game, helping improve sports performance globally and supporting the strategy for developing the Qatar 2022 national team. And it will explore the innovations and technologies shaping sports infrastructure and major tournaments in the future including the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar™. The ASPIRE4SPORT Congress and Exhibition is organised by Aspire Academy, a leading sports institution that looks to identify and nurture Qatar’s most promising young athletes. This year’s event marks the eighth edition, which is hosted in sporting capitals throughout the world on an annual basis. Previous editions have been held in Amsterdam, Berlin and Paris.

Attendees at the 2017 ASPIRE4SPORT Congress & Exhibition include Crystal Palace FC manager Roy Hodgson, Italy’s Arrigo Sacchi, one of the most influential managers in the history of football, and world high jump champion Mutaz Barshim. They will be joined by footballing legends Claude Makélélé, Kevin Keegan and Paulo Sousa. Hosted at Stamford Bridge, Chelsea’s iconic ground, ‘ASPIRE4SPORT’ Congress & Exhibition comprises three simultaneous events in the same place.

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Event 01: The ASPIRE4SPORT Congress & Exhibition

Organised for the eighth time, the ASPIRE4SPORT Congress & Exhibition is a two-day exclusive event and networking session that offers European and Qatari sports industry professionals the chance to engage with key decision makers that are shaping the landscape of Gulf region’s sports business industry, paving the way for future partnerships. Last year’s ASPIRE4SPORT Exhibition resulted in face-to-face talks between 148 international suppliers and 19 exhibitors from 26 countries resulting in 665 scheduled business meetings.

This year’s ASPIRE4SPORT Exhibition will see higher level of participation from Qatari stakeholders than in previous years. Some of this year’s event partners include the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy (SC), Qatar’s Ministry of Economy and Commerce, Qatar Football Association (QFA), the Qatar Olympic Committee (QOC), Qatar Airways, the Qatar Financial Centre (QFC), the QNB Stars League and International Centre for Sport Security (ICSS).

Event 02: The ‘Aspire Academy Global Summit’ on Football Performance & Science

In parallel, Aspire Academy will hold the fourth edition of the ‘Aspire Academy Global Summit’, a key component of the Academy’s annual event, which has established itself as a leading gathering for experts in the field of football development and performance for young players. Over the two-days, more than 160 representatives from 80 clubs – which form part of the “Aspire in the World Fellows” community – including Manchester United, Arsenal, FC Barcelona, Real Madrid, Paris Saint-Germain, AC Milan and Juventus, will take part, making it one of the largest gatherings of its kind anywhere in the world.

Club representatives will gather to discuss and exchange views on modern training methodologies, using a dynamic and engaging approach comprising roundtable discussions, workshops, master classes, open debates and Star Chats with legends of the game. These will be delivered by some of the biggest names in football such as former Italian coach, Arrigo Sacchi, one of the most influential managers of all time, Crystal Palace FC manager Roy Hodgson, retired Portuguese footballer and coach Paulo Sousa, former Newcastle coach, Kevin Keegan, and former French football and assistant coach at Swansea City, Claude Makélélé, as well as Aspire Academy graduate, and Qatar’s high jumping world champion Mutaz Barshim, second highest jumper of all time. 

Topics that will be discussed during the summit’s workshops include “Talent Identification – Nature vs. Nurture”, “Strength Methodology – Why, When and How?” and “From Youth to Senior – How to Manage the Leap”.

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This year, Aspire Academy will hold the ‘2nd Aspire-Tech Conference’, a one-day conference that will be held on the first day of ASPIRE4SPORT Congress and Exhibition. With Qatar undertaking a transformative technology journey during the next five years leading up to the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar™, the tech conference will shed light on the main challenges, trends and key developments in sports technology from around the world. Supported by Microsoft, CISCO, IBM, Philips and Honeywell, topics in this year’s conference will focus on innovation and best practices in disruptive technologies and creating modern, digital and interactive stadium experiences for fans. The event is designed to convert challenges in those areas into feasible opportunities for innovation.

Some of the key participants at this year’s event include Saud Abdullah Al Attiyah, Executive Director of Economic Policies & Research at the Ministry of Economy and Commerce in Qatar, Ghanim Ali Al Kuwari, Executive Director of Competition Venues at the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy, Ibrahim M. Jaidah, CEO of Arab Engineering Bureau (AEB) and Chief Architect of the recently unveiled Al Thumama Stadium, one of the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar™ venues, Michael J Hershman, CEO of the International Centre for Sport Security (ICSS), Dina Tamimi, Director of Smart Cities, Mega Events and Verticals at Honeywell, as well as William Kopp, Managing Architect at Cisco. 


Aspire Academy and its partners will also make new announcements this year’s events related to the Qatar 2022 national team, the Football Combating Malaria campaign among others.