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Academy in Qatar

Posted on 27 October 2008  - 12:00

The Tottenham Hotspur Academy flew out to the Middle East today to team up with the ASPIRE Sports Academy in Qatar for a series of matches against ASPIRE's football academy.

Academy in Qatar

The Tottenham Hotspur Academy flew out to the Middle East today to team up with the ASPIRE Sports Academy in Qatar for a series of matches against ASPIRE's football academy.

The trip is part of the Academy's ongoing strategy that focuses on exposing players to different footballing cultures.

Tottenham Hotspur Academy Director John McDermott outlined the importance of giving players this opportunity:

"It's essential for player development to ensure that our players experience different conditions and playing styles.

"Preparing, playing and then recovering from a game played against a Qatar based team will be a vastly different process than anything they would have experienced here in the UK. International trips are physically and mentally intense and fatigue will be a huge factor, all of which will be beneficial to development."

ASPIRE's head football coach, Michael Browne added, "We are very much looking forward to hosting Tottenham Hotspur. They are one of the most established teams in England with a long and successful history. They have some excellent staff working in their youth department and we are looking forward to playing against their young sides."

Tottenham Hotspur's U-17 and U-15 teams will compete against ASPIRE throughout the five day visit.

ASPIRE is Qatar's leading Sports Academy and aims to discover the best young sporting talent from across the region.