Aspire Zone Foundation (AZF) and Club KAS Eupen Aspire Zone Foundation (AZF) has announced the takeover of control and management of the football division of the Belgian 2nd Division Club KAS Eupen. The agreement is aimed at helping AZF bridge the gap between junior players with great potential and elite professional players, which ultimately feeds into the selection of local and international AFD players. It also gives Aspire individuals the chance to play competitively in a professional football environment and backs them up with finding the right performance level at a critical period in their journey towards international football careers. › Usage of synergies › Provide regular playing opportunity on the right level especially between 18 to 20 years of age. Why Belgium? › Located in the Heart of Europe › Multicultural › Safe Social Environment › Professional Football Environment › Football Level of Belgian 1st and 2nd Division › National FA and Government Regulations How to make sure the smooth transition from Youth to Elite Senior Football? › Professional training regime (quantity and quality) › Long-term development approach instead of short-term result orientation › Confidence in young player’s abilities › Professional services, e.g. health, sports science, nutrition, financial planning, career planning, media training, further education › Safe and multi-cultural environment › Professional football environment › Possibility to control a Club › Amount of Non-EU Players to be fielded › Historical Relationships Qatar - Belgium › Language › Acquisition Possibility Selection Process Aspire Academy works to develop sports champions, promote healthy lifestyles in the community and galvanize the sports economy of today and tomorrow. Aspire Academy is a globally recognized national sports academy for the development of Qatar’s athletically talented boys. The internationally renowned sports programs and facilities are a symbol of Qatar’s sporting ambitions and pride. › Best 50 Players per country for a 4 day trial/ testing into the capital of the country Aspire Academy provides integrated sports development, sports science and academic learning for scholarship boys from Grade 7 (12 - 13 years) to Grade 12 (17 - 18 years). Additionally, Aspire Academy delivers an ambitious health and lifestyle program for the community, delivering over 25,000 classes per annum. › Best 3 Players per country + 3 best GK`s overall for a 3 week trial/testing to ASPIRE › 14 countries from 3 continents involved › International Games › 747 fields › Training › 32.000+ 11 v 11 games › Testing (Medical/Performance) › 5.000+ volunteers Objectives › 550.000+ football players born in 1998 screened › Since 2007: 3.000.000+ players screened ›› To give opportunities to young football players from developing countries to reach the heights of international football - International Clubs and Home National Teams ›› To support football development in developing countries ›› To inspire the ASPIRE football players by training, competing and living with outstanding talents as role models ›› Guarantee the smooth transition from Youth to Elite Senior Football ›› To be recognized as a leading sports institute in the world¨ for screening, selecting, educating and developing Champions in Sports¨ and Champions in Life. › After six years of operations, the program has identified and provided educational scholarships including school education, training, friendly competitions, accommodation, meals, sports science services, health services, parental support, leadership training to 100 talented young football players (20 per 5 age groups) What is ASPIRE Football Dreams? ASPIRE Football Dreams is a fascinating and unique humanitarian football project dedicated to finding talented football players in developing countries, the initiative spans across Asia, Africa and South America. Aspire Academy in Senegal has four football teams with full scholarships, allowing the players to continue studying at school while training. We also have one team (94) based in Aspire Academy in Doha, these players have also received full scholarships that include their education and football training. Aspire Football Dreams aims to give opportunities to young football players from developing countries to reach the heights of international football through careful training and development, focusing on school education and personality development at the same time. Aspire’s aim is to develop Champions in Sports but also Champions in Life. The young talents will be prepared to manage their lives successfully and to play for professional football clubs and their respective home National Teams in the future. Aspire cooperates closely with the involved National Football Associations. The selected talents inspire the local Aspire football players by training, competing, studying and living with outstanding talents as role models. Aspire’s further objectives are e.g. to be recognized as a leading sports institute in the world and to build up a worldwide leading Football Talent Identification Program. Launched in 2007, the ASPIRE Football Dreams project has already tested over 3,000,000 young footballers from Asia, South America and Africa as part of the largest ever talent search within the sport. The project relies on a team of professional coaches and scouts, as well as on thousands of volunteers. ASIA Thailand Vietnam Africa Senegal Mali Ivory Coast Kenya Tanzania Uganda Rwanda Ghana Nigeria Asia Africa Latin America Guatemala Costa Rica Paraguay › 30+ of the Aspire Football Dreams scholarships already trained with /played for their respective Home National U-Teams the others have not been selected mainly for age reasons. › None of them represented Qatar › One of Aspire’s additional future goals within the “Aspire Football Dreams” Project is the combination with even more social/health/ educational support for the involved countries.
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