NCF Elites

NCF Elites

NCF Elites is all about performance excellence. It’s about developing the skills and talents of the very best young footballers, aged between xx and xx, who are already playing top-level, grass roots football. We offer these aspiring young players the space and opportunity to progress to the very highest level of competitive football.

“By providing expert coaching, mentoring and high profile games against some of the best known national clubs, NCF Elites effectively bridges the gap between Sunday League teams and the Academy sides. We provide an alternative to the traditional Academy or Centre of Excellence pathway. Elites players are able to develop their abilities at a high level without the pressure and uncertainty that often comes with more traditional progression.

NCF Elites

Professional Coaching

NCF Elites Director Nick Cook, has spent his whole career either playing or working in the football business. He is a former Academy and Semi-pro player and Level 3 UEFA B licensed coach. He is a highly respected youth football coach with a fantastic reputation for developing footballers and youth teams. Across his career, he’s had the privilege of coaching many highly talented players – some of who are now contracted players at top-level Academy teams.

Nick Cook leads all of the Elites’ coaching sessions and is continually developing his coaching with the new and innovative training techniques.

Positive Support

At the core of the NCF Elites ethos is the nurturing of a positive environment where players learn from and are supported by their coaches and peers. Boys, being boys enjoy healthy competition. However crucial to their development is an atmosphere where they feel comfortable and confident to take risks and try new things, without fear of recriminations from coaches or team-mates.

NCF Elites provides both a coaching and mentoring system which incorporates top quality coaching with support, encouragement and advice tailored to the needs of the individual. This approach effectively bridges the gap between the more limited opportunities for development at a grass roots level and what is provided by the Academies.

Great Opportunities

Players are given fantastic opportunities to showcase their ability against Academies, Schools of Excellence & Development Centres both in the UK and abroad. Recently the U16s squad were selected to represent the South East of England and NCF Elites at the Gothia Youth World Cup in Sweden.


My boy has been with NCF for over 5 years and has loved every minute. NCF coaches are great role models to the players. Theo’s footballing skills have improved massively thanks to the standard of coaching at NCF and the commitment from everyone involved. I can’t recommend this ‘football family’ enough. NCF are a great place to learn the game, keep fit and be happy. Maria Efstathiou
Maria Efstathiou,  Parent, 

Are you looking for a trial?

As with any selective sporting opportunity entry into NCF Elites is by trial and places are strictly limited. However, we work hard to ensure that the trial process is enjoyable and relaxed and hope to ensure that every player who trains with us gains from the experience whether he is accepted into the squad or not. Unsuccessful players will receive advice and feedback on improving their game, getting the most from their football and alternative opportunities that may be more appropriate to their current level.

We currently are recruiting teams for age groups between 10 and 16. If you are interested please fill in the contact form below.