ASPIRE Academy Looking to England for New Project
The ASPIRE Academy was set-up in Qatar to help develop the young male Qatari athletes, whilst also providing them with secondary school education. They have since expanded their brand to smaller nations like Senegal, Paraguay and Thailand to help nurture their sporting talents. ASPIRE recently launched the HOPE project. The H.O.P.E Project – Habituating Overseas Professional Experience –was launched to provide its young football players (ages 18+) with the opportunity to experience training and playing for well-established professional football clubs in Europe. By sending a selection of its football players to these football organizations, the academy aims to help them gain experience, develop their skills and compete with multinational players coming from various multi-cultural backgrounds. International clubs include Real Madrid, Villarreal & Real Sociedad of Spain, Red Bull Salzburg of Austria, K.A.S. Eupen of Belgium, LASK Linz also of Austria. ASPIRE’s global ambassadors include Raul, Lionel Messi and Pelé.
Now ASPIRE want to outright own a football club sending youngsters of the new project to their new clubs to live and learn new cultures and experiences whilst they’re residents there. Off-field education will be included to them. Rumours coming from Qatar are that they are looking to the lower leagues of England to spearhead the new project.
There is one obstacle the ASPIRE bosses will need to overcome however. That is work permit issues. The English FA have very strict work permit laws which could prevent the non-EU graduates from joining an English club. Nevertheless, the rules are usually bent for bigger clubs which could give ASPIRE hope of their new project conceptions becoming reality.