NF HIGH PERFORMANCE
RIO MAIOR

NF Academy's elite program debuts this summer with high quality and intensive training, paired with matches against top Portuguese teams!

NF HIGH PERFORMANCE
PORTUGAL

NF Academy's elite program debuts this summer with high quality and intensive training, paired with matches against top Portuguese teams!

NF HIGH PERFORMANCE
PORTUGAL

NF High Performance is an elite training camp for players who want to reach the next level. It is an intensive 10 day development camp where players will be guided by experienced Portuguese coaches. During the training camp, you will play against top Portuguese teams like Sporting CP and Estoril de Praia, where you will be able to showcase your skills to them.

It takes place in Rio Maior Sport Center between the 17th and 27th of July 2020.

WHO IS IT FOR?

Players wishing to apply for participation should have a very high regional level and need to be approved to participate.

NF Academy will bring teams in 3 age categories:

  • U14 (born 2006)
  • U15 (born 2005)
  • U16 (born 2004)

We might also consider elite U13 (born 2007) players.

GOALS WITH THE PROGRAM

Our main objectives in NF High Performance is to provide players with friendly matchs against strong teams, give the players a better understanding of the game and provide experience in integrating into a team with good players.

During the program, we will do a full evaluation of all the players. Each player will have a meeting with their head coach and get detailed feedback on what they need to improve to reach a higher level. All the players will be provided with an evaluation report with the purpose to give guidance for their training work when they return to their country.

«I participated with NF Academy’s U13 team, which was great! We got to the quarter-final, where we lost to Sporting CP on penalties. The whole setup is great with some very good coaches!”

Niklas Haugland, Leeds U23 and Norway U17 national Team

PLAYER PACKAGE

• Accommodation in 3 to 4-person rooms in Rio Maior Sports Center
• Breakfast, lunch and dinner (dinner upon arrival, breakfast on departure)
• 9 to 10 high quality training sessions
• 3 matches against top Portuguese teams (like Sporting CP and Estoril de Praia)
• Close follow by experienced Portugese coaches
• 1 physiotherapist and 1 goalkeeper coach
• Team and individual meetings
• Social program and supervision of players
• Individual player report
• Video analysis
• Player profile videos
• Individual physical evaluation
• Personalized award and certification
• Showcase opportunity to agents and clubs

 

Price per Player
1990 EUR (10 days / 9 nights)

EQUIPMENT

• Full Kit – 119 EUR
Includes: Home & Away Jerseys, 2 training shirts, 2 shorts, 2 pair of socks and 1 sweater

 

• Team Kit – 69 EUR
Includes: Home & Away Jerseys, 2 training shirts and 2 shorts

FRIENDLY MATCHES VS:

FRIENDLY MATCHES VS:

RIO MAIOR SPORTS CENTRE FACILITIES

Desmor was founded in 1999 and employs 74 persons, managed by a Board Of Directors appointed by the Rio Maior municipality.
It currently Manages the following facilities:
  • Rio Maior Sports Centre
  • Olympic Swimming Pool Complex
  • Municipal Stadium
  • Three Football training fields, one with syntethic turf
  • Sports Park
  • Beach Soccer and Volleyball Field
  • Two Multisports Hall’s
  • Multipurpose Hall

RIO MAIOR SPORTS CENTRE FACILITIES

Desmor was founded in 1999 and employs 74 persons, managed by a Board Of Directors appointed by the Rio Maior municipality.
It currently Manages the following facilities:
  • Rio Maior Sports Centre
  • Olympic Swimming Pool Complex
  • Municipal Stadium
  • Three Football training fields, one with syntethic turf
  • Sports Park
  • Beach Soccer and Volleyball Field
  • Two Multisports Hall’s
  • Multipurpose Hall

VIDEOS

OTHER INFORMATION

Program 2020

The agenda is suitable to changes due to local teams availability.

Day 1 – Friday 17th of July
Arrival day with team meeting and dinner

Day 2 – Saturday 18th of July
Two high quality training sessions

Day 3 – Sunday 19th of July
Training session during the morning and social activities during the afternoon.

Day 4 – Monday 20th of July
Match during the morning. Free time during the afternoon.

Day 5 – Tuesday 21st of July
Two high quality training sessions

Day 6 – Wednesday 22nd of July
Training session during the morning and social activities during the afternoon.

Day 7 – Thursday 23rd of July
Match during the morning. Free time during the afternoon.

Day 8 – Friday 24th of July
Two high quality training sessions

Day 9 – Saturday 25th of July
Training session during the morning and social activities during the afternoon.

Day 10 – Sunday 26th of July
Match during the morning. Free time during the afternoon.

Day 11 – Monday 27th of July
Closing ceremony. Finishing the program by lunch time.

RIO MAIOR SPORTS CENTER, PORTUGAL

Players will stay at Rio Maior Sports Center throughout the program. This Sports Center was the former training center for the Portuguese national youth team and where UEFA A and UEFA PRO certifications were awarded. The players will be accommodated in 3 to 4 person rooms at the Sports Center, where they will have access to a wide variety of facilities and services.

Read more about Rio Maior Sports Center at https://www.desmor.pt/conte.php?n=14

NFA Director | Gonçalo Nunes

GONÇALO NUNES
HEAD COACH AND NF ACADEMY DIRECTOR

NF Academy International Director Gonçalo Nunes has an impressive 25-year background in youth football. He is a solid resource for both NF Academy and the players in the academy system together with NF Academy Director Joao Plantier.

Gonçalo has mainly worked as Head Coach, technical coordinator and technical director for 25 years in international football. He has a UEFA-A license as well as level 3 IPDJ as a sports coach, and is really looking forward to working closer to the talented players of NF Academy.

International Background
He has worked under Carlos Queiroz, and the Manchester United football school project for 6 years. Gonçalo has also been linked to Sporting Clube de Portugal for 2 years, and for the past 5 years he has been responsible for the international field of youth football in Sport Lisboa e Benfica. There he has also been a player developer coordinator for the past three years.

During the last decade, he has been involved in several international projects and programs at various levels, where he has traveled around the world, as well as coordinating and involved with thousands of players and coaches on programs in Portugal.

Gonçalo will select the coaching staff for this program. You can see all our coaches here.

We value to give good consultation before booking a program to ensure the right challenge for all our participants. Best way to identify if this program is suitable for you is to start by sending us a request. Please give us some information about the club, position, age, level and goals, and we will follow up from there. If you have some video available, please share.

Are you unsure if you have the level to be in this program? Don’t hesitate to contact us. We can let you know when the next available local training camp in your region take place, and evaluate the player for international programs.

«I participated with NF Academy’s U13 team, which was great! Vi got to the quarter final, where we lost to Sporting CP on penalties. It’s not the best way to go out of a competition, but the whole setup is great with some very good coaches!”
Niklas Haugland, Leeds U23 and Norway U17 national team

“I would say my time with NF Academy has helped take away the challenging aspect that new situations can produce, such as getting national team callups, changing clubs or taking further steps as a player. Their programs are on a high level, with good coaches, and there are players from different nationalities who seek the same as you. It really makes you develop both as a person and a player.”
Oscar Fuglesang, Silkeborg and Denmark U17 national team

«João Plantier has played an important part in my career for several reasons. He gave me freedom and believed in me. We had a close relationship, and he monitored me the whole way. João gave me feedback on what I needed to improve during matches, and last but not least, he was very good at constantly providing me with new challenges.”
Zeca, Captain of FC Copenhagen and Greece national team

“I played together with same very good players and trained under very competent coaches. First and foremost, it was a great experience, and I got a good reference on what level the best teams in Europe were on. Such programs carry a lot of worth, because they later on make the transition to new teams and levels easier.”
Kristian Arnstad, RSC Anderlecht and captain of Norway U16

“The training sessions are on a very high level, and there are exercises I have never participated in before. I have learned a lot, which I take with me to my training back home in Norway”
Dylan Ryan Murugesapilla, Lillestrøm and captain of Norway U15

“My boys (born 2004 and 2007) are really excited to come to the IberCup Cascais tournament. Not only to play against top teams but also to see where their current level is and to train and meet other good players around Scandinavia. To have programs like NF Academy is fantastic. When you train with top-level coaches and other same age players you really see where the international football level is.»
Bjørn Helge Riise, former Fulham and Norwegian National team player

«It wasn’t until we came home that we saw the huge improvements in Kevin as a player. He has a new authority about him now, and his decision making is better. The reason for this, is good experiences and good coaches at NF Academy. We won’t for a second regret we chose a team with the competence that NF Academy has.”
Thomas Hansvoll, former professional boxer and national champion

“The stay with NF Academy gave me a taste of everyday life as a professional. Very competent coaches and good players around me. The days were good, and I learned a lot. It was after this stay that I dared to visit foreign clubs to show what I can do.”
Lucas Kåhed, IFK Gøteborg and Sweden U17

“I am very happy with last year’s NF Academy participation in IberCup. It was very exciting and inspiring to get to play in a team with so many good players from Norway, Sweden and Denmark. I got motivated to give even more after having played against and seen how good oponents from countries such as Portugal, Spain and Mexico were.”
Fredrik Oppegård, Vålerenga and Norway U17

«During the easter of 2018, I was in Cascais, Portugal with NF Academy to participate in IberCup Cascais 2018. It was my first time with NF Academy, and a great experience. I got a lot from the trip. The training, matches, coaches and players were a fantastic mix of both fun and serious football.”
Filip Mellbin, Denmark U16

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