As member of the “Aspire in the World Fellows” – a community of 50 football clubs and federations that are leading in the area of youth development and training methodology – our club has been working for the past three years to discuss a variety of topics, exchange ideas and collect valuable knowledge.
On October 3 and 4, 2016 representatives of all clubs are gathering at Amsterdam ArenA to continue to share their collective know-how at the “Aspire Academy Global Summit” on ‘Football Performance & Science”. Thereby, the Fellows will also have the opportunity to attend “Master Classes” on training methodology taught by a world-wide renown expert such as the Argentinian star manager Marcelo Bielsa, who coached Argentina’s football national team to win the 2004 Olympics and also successfully managed Chile’s national team and clubs like Athletic Bilbao.
Furthermore, the topic of “Developing a high-performance culture” is going to be discussed with world-class volleyball coach Julio Velasco, who is currently in charge of Argentina’s volleyball national team; and Prof. Dave Collins, Chair and Director of the Institute of Coaching and Performance at the University of Central Lancashire.
Besides focusing about the three major topics of the summit “From Data to Training”, “Return to Play” and “Feedback and Communication with Players, Coaches and Staff”, there are also going to be a number of high-profile “Star Chats”. They will give the participants to chance to see different topics from the perspective of some of the world’s best coaches or football players that are either still playing or that have chosen different paths after retiring from playing on the big stage. This year’s list of popular figures of the football world includes Andres Villas Boas, Xavi Hernandez, Carles Puyol, Edwin van der Sar, Ruud van Nistelrooy and Marc Overmars.
Since its launch in 2014 in Paris, the “Aspire in the World Fellows” community has developed at a rapid pace. Via an online platform the participants regularly communicated with one another, they met at the “Fellows Gatherings” in Doha or at summits in Europe to push their ideas forward. The discussed topics featured important issues such as “Training Load”, “Mental Enhancement”, “Training Plan Strategies” and “Integrated Training Methodology” and the outcome of the industrious work that Aspire Academy, the clubs and federations put in was a powerful platform with an extraordinary collection of knowledge.