End Of Manchester United's Training Camp At Aspire

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End Of Manchester United's Training Camp at Aspire

DOHA, Jan. 14 /PRNewswire-AsiaNet/ --

    - "A Memorable Experience" Says Boss Sir Alex Ferguson

    English Premier League champions Manchester United have

described their training camp at ASPIRE as a great success, with manager Sir

Alex Ferguson calling the visit "a memorable experience."

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    The Reds had decided to escape from the snow and ice that has

gripped the UK, and most of Europe, for nearly a fortnight and take advantage

of the blue skies and warm sunshine of Doha. During their stay, they also

took advantage of some of the state-of-the-art facilities available to them


    United held several training sessions on the outdoor football

pitches - a mixture of stretching and running exercises, ball work, formation

play and practice matches. Their session on Wednesday morning was open to the

public and attracted a large number of visitors from the very young to the

not so young.

    ASPIRE's gym was also put to use, with the players being put

through their paces under the watchful eye of Sir Alex and his coaching


    Sir Alex also found time to meet and talk to ASPIRE's own

football coaches, giving them an insight into his thoughts on tactics and

methods. ASPIRE's Head Football Coach, Michael Browne, said: "We all found

Sir Alex's comments informative and interesting. It was a very useful


    After their final, and probably most strenuous, work-out at

ASPIRE, the players were invited on a short tour of the academy, were

presented with mementos of their visit, and signed shirts were exchanged.

    Sir Alex signed ASPIRE's Wall of Fame (as did Michael Owen)

and then commented in the Visitors' Book:

    "On behalf of all my players and staff, may we thank you for

such a memorable experience. ASPIRE's complex is without question the best I

have ever seen. Not only that, the operation is so well managed that it has

made our stay very easy and relaxed. We hope that this journey is not our

last here and that it will initiate a true bond between Manchester United F.

C. and our friends at ASPIRE and in Qatar."

    He then publicly thanked the officials of ASPIRE for making

their stay both possible and so enjoyable - and reiterated his hope that the

visit would mark the beginning of a good relationship between the club and

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    Notes to Editors:

    Created in 2004, the ASPIRE Academy for Sports Excellence in Doha has the

dual aims of identifying and transforming promising student athletes into

world-renowned champions across a wide range of sports and to act as a beacon

to draw sporting culture into the centre of life in Qatar and the surrounding


    The Academy is distinguished by a philosophy which aims to develop the

student as a whole, providing them with full academic, social and sporting


    Unrivalled facilities, housed in and around the world's largest purpose

built indoor sports dome, ensure the Academy's reputation as one of the

foremost sporting and educational institutions in the entire international

community, enticing an ever-increasing number of visitors and users, from

sporting legends to global political leaders.

    Every aspect of the development of elite athletes is catered for by one

indoor and seven outdoor football pitches, athletics tracks, an Olympic-sized

swimming pool, diving pool, combat arenas, gymnastics arena, specially

fitness weight rooms, lecture halls, dormitories to accommodate what will

eventually become 1,000 students, a medical centre and many more facilities.

    Launched in 2007, the ASPIRE Football Dreams project has annually tests

over 600.000 young footballers from all over the world including Asia, South

America and Africa as part of the largest ever talent search within the


    The ASPIRE ACTIVE initiative is a community engagement program spread

across the country ensuring that thousands of the nation's residents have

accessible and advanced health and fitness activities as routine aspects of

their lives. Each social group is catered for by tailor-made classes and


    ASPIRE Media Information

    For All media enquiries (Arabic and English) and high resolution images


    Hassan Esbaiss E: hassan.esbaiss@aspire.qa M: +974-521-9545

    SOURCE: Aspire Academy for Sports Excellence

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