Posted on January 10, 2018

During a recent visit to Aspire Dome last week, the President of the Olympic Committee of Serbia (OCS), Božidar Maljkovic, spoke of his admiration of Aspire Academy’s philosophy and opportunities it offers to young athletes.

Aspire Academy’s Director General, Ivan Bravo, welcomed President Maljkovic and members of the OCS delegation including Vice President Zecevic Zarko and Merkic Ivan, the Chairman of QCS’ International Relations Committee accompanied by the Qatar Olympic Committee Secretary General, Jassim Rashid Al Boenin

Serbian Olympic Committee 2 [].jpgFollowing the visit, President Maljkovic, who has successfully worked as a professional basketball coach in seven different countries and spent some time in Spain coaching clubs like FC Barcelona and Real Madrid, said: “I have worked in sports for 40 years, but I have never seen an academy like Aspire. The facilities here are second to none. I know the Academy’s Director General Ivan Bravo very well from my time in Spain and he is a great organizer and educator. He is definitely the right man not only to develop and educate young athletes, but also set up the right team and organization around them.”

The training philosophy of the Academy is tailored to the capabilities, talents and goals of Qatar and follows a strategy that is geared towards the development of the individual athletes. Aspire Academy’s training programs place each student-athlete at the centre of an ecosystem consisting of world-class coaching and sports science expertise supported by world-class facilities. While at Aspire Academy, student-athletes also have the chance to develop in a competitive environment by playing against other youth teams from leading clubs and academies across the globe.

Selected players also have an opportunity to train in a professional environment through short training placements with clubs in Europe organized by the Academy.

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