Barshim among Aspire4Sport speakers at Stamford Bridge

Published October 1st, 2017 - 09:38 GMT
Mutaz Barshim
Mutaz Barshim

Leading figures from sport, business and technology will gather at Stamford Bridge, London, on October 6 and 7, 2017 for a two-day event designed to shape the future of the sports industry, enhance the fan experience and spread best practice in athlete development.

The unique event brings together unparalleled networking and business opportunities for the sports business industry. It will review the latest coaching techniques and methodologies practiced by leading proponents of the game, helping improve sports performance globally and supporting the strategy for developing the Qatar 2022 national team.

And it will explore the innovations and technologies shaping sports infrastructure and major tournaments in the future including the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar.

The Aspire4Sport Congress and Exhibition is organised by Aspire Academy, a leading sports institution that looks to identify and nurture Qatar’s most promising young athletes. This year’s event marks the eighth edition, which is hosted in sporting capitals throughout the world on an annual basis.

Previous editions have been held in Amsterdam, Berlin and Paris.

Attendees at the 2017 edition of the event include Crystal Palace FC manager Roy Hodgson, Italy’s Arrigo Sacchi, one of the most influential managers in the history of football, and world high jump champion Mutaz Barshim. They will be joined by footballing legends Claude Makelele, Kevin Keegan and Paulo Sousa.

The conference comprises three events, including the Aspire4Sport Congress and Exhibition, Aspire Tech and Aspire Academy Global Summit on Football Performance and Science.

Organised for the eighth time, the Aspire4Sport is a two-day exclusive event and networking session that offers European and Qatari sports industry professionals the chance to engage with key decision makers that are shaping the landscape of Gulf region’s sports business industry, paving the way for future partnerships.

This year’s exhibition will see higher level of participation from Qatari stakeholders than in previous years.

Some of this year’s event partners include the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy (SC), Qatar’s Ministry of Economy and Commerce, Qatar Football Association (QFA), the Qatar Olympic Committee (QOC), Qatar Airways, the Qatar Financial Centre (QFC), the QNB Stars League and International Centre for Sport Security (ICSS).

During the fourth edition of the Aspire Academy Global Summit, to be held over two days, more than 160 representatives from 80 clubs – which form part of the Aspire in the World Fellows community – including Manchester United, Arsenal, Barcelona, Real Madrid, Paris Saint-Germain, AC Milan and Juventus, will take part, making it one of the largest gatherings of its kind anywhere in the world.

Club representatives will gather to discuss and exchange views on modern training methodologies, using a dynamic and engaging approach comprising roundtable discussions, workshops, master classes, open debates and Star Chats with legends of the game.

These will be delivered by some of the biggest names in football such as Sacchi, Hodgson, retired Portuguese footballer and coach Paulo Sousa, former Newcastle coach Keegan, and Swansea City assistant coach Makelele, as well as Aspire Academy graduate, and Qatar’s high jumping world champion Barshim.

Topics that will be discussed during the summit’s workshops include Talent Identification – Nature vs. Nurture, Strength Methodology – Why, When and How? and From Youth to Senior – How to Manage the Leap.

This year, Aspire Academy will hold the ‘2nd Aspire-Tech Conference’, a one-day conference that will be held on the first day of Aspire4Sport.

Supported by Microsoft, CISCO, IBM, Philips and Honeywell, topics in this year’s conference will focus on innovation and best practices in disruptive technologies and creating modern, digital and interactive stadium experiences for fans.

Some of the key participants at this year’s event include Saud Abdullah al-Attiyah, executive director of Economic Policies and Research at the Ministry of Economy and Commerce in Qatar, Ghanim Ali al-Kuwari, executive director of Competition Venues at the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy, Ibrahim M Jaidah, CEO of Arab Engineering Bureau (AEB) and chief architect of the recently-unveiled Al Thumama Stadium, one of the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar venues, Michael J Hershman, CEO of the International Centre for Sport Security (ICSS), Dina Tamimi, Director of Smart Cities, Mega Events and Verticals at Honeywell, as well as William Kopp, Managing Architect at Cisco.

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