SAP and Aspire Academy partner to drive Qatar athletes

SAP's advanced analytics will enhance athlete performance and provide competitive edge

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SAP and Aspire Academy partner to drive Qatar athletes SAP's Steve Wagner: "Co-innovating with Aspire Academy will leverage global best practices in sports analytics and science, starting from the development level."
By  Aasha Bodhani Published  June 6, 2016

Aspire Academy and SAP have joined forces to drive Qatar's youth sports development program using performance analytics.

The Aspire Academy coaches, sport scientists, athletes, and management will be able to access real-time data on athlete performance development, sports science, and sports operations management on any mobile devices, supporting global best practices in youth athlete development.

Data including match results, development summaries, competition plans, and sport science profiles from Aspire Academy clubs and leagues can also be accessed. Also, the partnership will explore innovations in feedback virtualisation, predictive analytics and cognitive training.

Stefan Wagner, senior vice president and global general manager of the sports and entertainment industry at SAP said: "Aspire Academy is at the forefront of transforming youth development with analytics, as coaches can optimise line-ups on tablets, players can review match highlights on smartphones, and trainers can track player fitness and fatigue. Co-innovating with Aspire Academy will leverage global best practices in sports analytics and science, starting from the development level."

Markus Egger, director of strategy at Aspire Academy added: "Qatar has high expectations for sport, but a small talent pool. By becoming a global leader in data management and analytics using SAP HANA, Aspire will continue to deliver unparalleled coaching and training for Qatari youth, and players across our worldwide network of clubs, in order to develop Qatar's sporting culture and competitive sporting advantage."

SAP will share expertise from its SAP Sports One solutions in big data analytics, which has been used by the German National Football team to help win the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil. Clubs and leagues co-innovating with SAP include FC Bayern Munich, and TSG Hoffenheim.

Aspire Academy aims to become the world's leading youth sports academy by 2020 and is expanding with the launch of Qatar's first national centre for football in 2017. Qatar is rapidly developing its national teams in line with becoming a global sporting hub, as the country is hosting the IAAF World Athletics Championships Doha 2019 and the 2022 FIFA World Cup.

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