Giving young players the toolbox to succeed internationally

Giving young players the toolbox to succeed internationally

Published on: 09/03/2023
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Giving young players the toolbox to succeed internationally

The development is in the details. Therefore, NF Academy’s relaunch of Individual Programs is good news for all young players with a goal of having a professional football career.

Our individual programs are back in a further developed version. The focus on the individual player is still just as high, where the goal is to build the toolbox big enough for the players to succeed in achieving their dreams and goals of a professional life, says João Castelo-Branco.

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Giving young players the toolbox to succeed internationally

The development is in the details. Therefore, NF Academy’s relaunch of Individual Programs is good news for all young players with a goal of having a professional football career.

Our individual programs are back in a further developed version. The focus on the individual player is still just as high, where the goal is to build the toolbox big enough for the players to succeed in achieving their dreams and goals of a professional life, says João Castelo-Branco

Take the next step

The first program is  NF Individual Development Program, formerly named NF Career Management, which is great for motivated, dedicated and ambitious players from 13 to 18 years old, who want to take ownership of their own development.

João Castelo-Branco is the head of NF Academy’s individual program. He is also an assistant coach for Braga’s successful elite women’s team (SC Braga, Ladies First Team, playing in Portuguese First Division (Liga BPI)).

The players entering  the individual programs meet experienced coaches from top clubs.  Both on  the field in Portugal and online on the world wide web. Together with the coach, the player sets  development goals to be worked towards.

Through online consultations and physical training sessions, the coach  provides both feedback and tips on how the player can develop on small details of his game.

NF Career management has been valuable to me when it comes to developing the tactical aspects of my game. Through video analysis and conversations, the coach has made me  reflect on the choices and movements I make along the way. It has really made a difference for me as a player, said Axel Elmberger.

The 16-year-old became a player of the camp in Västeräs. The striker was thus invited to NF Qualification Camp in Denmark in the summer of 2020. NF Academy’s program is a great supplement in addition to the training at home.

I have participated in several programs since 2018, and played for NF Academy’s teams across large parts of Europe. It’s been an amazing journey so far and really helps me take the next step in my career, Elmberger said.

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The big difference

He has been a part of NF Career Management, now rebranded to NF Individual Development Program, for over a year. Elmberger has been to Portugal and worked one-on-one with his own coach on the field.

I’ve had a lot of time with my own coach. There have been many good conversations, where I have received a lot of support and good tips from Joao who is very knowledgeable and experienced. In addition, the program helps to give my everyday training a good structure, where school, training with teams and social activities should also have space.

In a regular club, the groups of players will often be large and the coaching resources will be smaller. Thus, not everyone is seen and receives the follow-up they need to develop.

The big difference between my  club at home and NF Career Management is that the focus is 100 percent on me. Maybe that’s  what you miss in club life, where the coach often has 25-30 players on the field.

Through NF Career Management , I get clear feedback about how I can develop as a player,  Axel Elmberger concludes.

Part of the team

A tenet of NF Academy is to learn the game through playing  it. This is how the individual player develops as part of the team.

Through the NF Club Experience,  which is the second individual program now being relaunched, the player is given  the opportunity  to train with a Portuguese club team. It gives an insight into a different training culture, and where  the players keep the same or higher level.

Here,  a coach will also have  the individual responsibility for following up the player during the stay.  Both through feedback after the training sessions and what needs to be worked on at home. In addition, there  are opportunities to get your own strength and conditioning coach during your stay, who will also provide specific feedback on improvement points and development goals.  

The individual programs prepare players for auditions for larger clubs or withdrawals to regional- and national teams. The best players will also be selected for NF Academy’s teams in international tournaments across Europe.

UPCOMING NF ACADEMY EVENTS

Date Program Country Place Age Group
09- 10 Mai 2024 NF Weekend Training Norway Ålesund 2008-2015
09- 10 Mai 2024 NF Weekend Training Norway Vestfold 2008-2015
11- 12 Mai 2024 NF Weekend Training Norway Oslo 2008-2015
11- 12 Mai 2024 NF Weekend Training Norway Bergen 2008-2015
07 - 09 Jun 2024 NF International Trials Norway Lofoten 2008-2015
24 - 26 Jun 2024 NF International Trials Sweden Göteborg 2008-2015
28 - 30 Jun 2024 NF International Trials Sweden Malmö 2008-2015
28 - 30 Jun 2024 NF International Trials Norway Moss 2008-2015
01 - 03 Jul 2024 NF International Trials Norway Kristiansand 2008-2015
01 - 03 Jul 2024 NF International Trials Norway Hamar 2008-2015
01 - 07 Jul 2024 NF Selection Tallinn Cup Estonia Tallinn 2008-2013
05 - 07 Jul 2024 NF International Trials Norway Vestfold 2008-2015
05 - 07 Jul 2024 NF International Trials Norway Oslo 2008-2015
07 - 09 Jul 2024 NF International Trials Denmark Fyn 2008-2015
09 - 11 Jul 2024 NF International Trials Norway Arendal 2008-2015
10 - 12 Jul 2024 NF International Trials Denmark Vejen 2008-2015
12 – 14 Jul 2024 NF International Trials Norway Ålesund 2008-2015
15 - 25 Jul 2024 NF High Performance Portugal Rio Maior 2009-2005
16 - 18 Jul 2024 NF International Trials Norway Fredrikstad 2008-2015
16 - 18 Jul 2024 NF International Trials Norway Trøndelag 2008-2015

Check the complete Event Calendar here.

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