Aspire Academy is one of the most impressive sporting facilities in the world.
Situated in Doha in Qatar, the academy works with nearly 2,000 athletes from the kids that practice sport in schools to graduates that are still connected through their transition into professional sport.
The academy itself is a full-time programme that aims to develop young Qatari athletes on a sporting and academic front.
In order to maximise performance in their athletes, Aspire and the global technology company SAP have joined forces to drive Qatar’s sports development programme.
With this new SAP partnership, the Aspire Academy coaches, athletes and management will be able to access real-time data on tablets to develop athletes’ performance as well as track fitness and overall conditioning.
“I’ve never seen anything like it,” said Stefan Wagner of SAP. “It’s certainly one of the most advanced facilities for multiple sports. The big advantage is that you have multiple sports below one roof, and that makes it interesting from a technological point of view because you can collect data across sport and benefit from each other.”
The ability for a player or coach to use their Iphone to watch match highlights and monitor performance shows how unique this partnership is to developing clear athlete information at Aspire Academy.
With Qatar also set to host the World Athletics Championships in 2019 and World Cup in 2022, SAP technology is a great chance to enhance youth development and national team competitiveness.
Clubs and leagues co-innovating with SAP include the German national team, Bayern Munich and Hoffenheim among others.