Doha: Leeds United officially joined forces with the Aspire Academy in a unique partnership which aims to provide long-term benefits to the club’s performance.
Qatar-based Aspire, founded in 2004, is one of the finest academies in the world with ties to some of the biggest clubs in Europe.
The partnership will see Aspire provide support and insight to Championship side Leeds in fields such as academy and youth development, performance analysis and sport science.
The collaboration also allows Leeds United to join a network which features some of the biggest and best clubs in Europe.
The Aspire Academy is headed by Ivan Bravo, who is also a Leeds United Board Member. Bravo said: “both Aspire and Leeds United share ambitious goals for becoming a reference of excellence in football. It is truly motivating to see that by joining efforts both organisations can accelerate their growth on the field, including in development of elite youth players with potential to represent club and national teams at the highest levels”
Leeds United Managing Director Angus Kinnear added: “This is an exciting partnership for Leeds, you only have to look at the quality of the programme and facility in Qatar to realise that having access to the Aspire Academy is going to be beneficial to our long-term vision for the club. We also now join a network of clubs which can only help us to develop and grow.”