Qatar’s high-performance facility, the Aspire Academy, is set to lend its support to English Championship club Leeds United as part of a new partnership.

Aspire Academy, which was founded in 2004, is promising to help Leeds in areas including sports science, youth development and performance analysis.

The partnership is a natural step given Aspire director general Ivan Bravo also sits on the Leeds United board,

“Both Aspire and Leeds United share ambitious goals for becoming a reference of excellence in football,” Bravo said of the new deal.

“It is truly motivating to see that by joining efforts both organizations can accelerate their growth on the field, including in the development of elite youth players with potential to represent club and national teams at the highest levels.”


Leeds United managing director Angus Kinnear added: “This is an exciting partnership for Leeds United, you only have to look at the quality of the program and facility in Qatar to realise that having access to the Aspire Academy is going to be beneficial to our long-term vision for the club.

“We also now join a network of clubs which can only help us to develop and grow.”

Bayern Munich are among a host of clubs who are partnered with the Aspire Academy. The German giants usually opt to train at the facility in Doha during the Bundesliga winter break.