Date: 3rd January 2018 at 4:36pm
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Leeds have confirmed that they have agreed a partnership with Qatari based sports organisation Aspire Academy in a bid to help their development at academy and youth level.

The Whites revealed on Wednesday via both their official Twitter account and website that the deal had officially been signed between the two parties, with a view to handing the club a major boost for their future stars.

The club state that the Middle Eastern company is set to help provide analysis, support and resources into developing and improving the standards of the youth and academy, with elements such as sports science and performance analysis highlighted as key areas of interest.

The partnership will also see the Championship side join a collaboration of clubs across Europe, which club chief Angus Kinnear says will be a valuable asset for their future aspirations.

The Managing Director said on the club’s official website: “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.”

Leeds have already held an unofficial connection with the Aspire Academy, with board member Ivan Bravo having been appointed the Director General of the Qatari organisation in 2011, with the academy itself founded back in 2004.

Bravo joined the club’s directors less than a year ago, arriving at Elland Road in April 2017, having previously been the Director of Strategy at Spanish and European giants Real Madrid between 2003 and 2010.

In other Leeds United news, Eunan O’Kane has made this admission after the Championship draw with Nottingham Forest.

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