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Academy in Qatar

Posted on 11 November 2008  - 12:00

The Tottenham Hotspur Academy returned from a successful visit to the ASPIRE Sports Academy in Qatar richer in knowledge and experience after a series of matches against the region's elite.

Academy in Qatar

The Tottenham Hotspur Academy returned from a successful visit to the ASPIRE Sports Academy in Qatar richer in knowledge and experience after a series of matches against the region's elite.

Our U-17 and U-15 teams played two games each against ASPIRE's football academy throughout the five-day visit.

Although the U-15s lost both games in 1-0 defeats, with the U-17's drawing one and losing the other 2-1, there were many positives to take from the visit.

Academy in Qatar

Tottenham Hotspur Academy Director John McDermott highlighted the challenges his players faced.

"Defeats are always disappointing. We competed well but didn't manage to adapt quickly enough to the environment.

"The heat was the biggest problem for the boys. In one game, eight of our boys suffered from cramps, which is incredible.

"Most of the lads had never experienced that kind of heat and humidity, and it's a great learning curve for future trips to countries with similar climates.

"The Academy regularly tours other countries in Europe, but this is the first time they experienced football in this part of the world. It is a unique and very beneficial experience for them both on and off the pitch."

The visit to Qatar was part of the Academy's strategy that focuses on exposing players to different football cultures and styles. ASPIRE is Qatar's leading Sports Academy and aims to discover the best young sporting talent from across the region.