“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 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.
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.
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.
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