NF Elite Training Camp - Winter - NF ACADEMY

One week of high level training in cooperation with Sporting's Academy, one of the best football academies in the world.


Travel to Lisbon in the winter holidays and experience top quality training from our youth coaches. We guarantee an intense week where players will train one day at Sporting CP academy, play against Sporting’s youth teams, and be coached by NF Academy’s professional Portuguese coaches with background from major academies.

All players will have an evaluation meeting with their head coach, and receive a detailed evaluation report to give guidance to their future development.


NF Elite Training Camp is a program designed for players who want to take their performance to the next level and get international references. Players from all levels are welcome to participate, but we advise that the players have a strong motivation to develop as a football player. The training and sports activities are of elite quality and led by our top football coaches.

The program is for both girls and boys born in 2014 to 2009. Participating players will be divided into different training groups depending on their level and age.


With NF Elite Training camp we focus on the following areas to improve performance and give new opportunities to players:

  • Prepare players for club trials and regional- and national selections. The best players will also have the opportunity to be scouted by Sporting CP, with the possibility to be invited for a week with one of the best academies in the world.
  • Give players detailed feedback on which areas they need to improve and an detailed evaluation report that gives guidance for their work.
  • Experience the Portuguese methodology, proven to be one of the most successful in youth football on the last decade.
  • Provide the players with international match- and training references, and give a better understanding of own level in reference to some of the top players in Europe.
  • Raise the possibility to be a part of our international selection teams and programs that participate in tournaments with some of the best clubs in Europe.
  • Social development through integration in a player group with multiple nationalities, languages and cultures.

“To train with NF Academy is an honor. They have helped me to develop as a football player and human. I have grown with the follow up they have provided me.”

Alexis Hughes, Chile U15 and NF Scholarship player



  • Accommodation in hotel (7 days /6 nights)
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner (dinner upon arrival, breakfast on departure)
  • Transportation during the program
  • Supervision of players throughout their stay
  • Coaching from NF Academy top Portuguese Coaches
  • Two training sessions in Sporting Academy with their own coaches – Sporting CP Methodology
  • Match against Sporting CP youth academy teams
  • Three days with training sessions with NF Academy’s coaches (6 training sessions)
  • Individual player meeting with the head coach
  • Individual evaluation report made by head coach (sent after program ends)
  • Team meetings
  • Participation Diploma
  • Entrance ticket to Estádio José Alvalade (Sporting Stadium)
Price per Player
1295 EUR (7 days / 6 nights)


  • Accommodation in hotel (7 days /6 nights)
  • Breakfast
  • Participation in the “Parents Sport Program”
Price per person in a triple room 575 EUR | Total 1725 EUR
Price per person in a double/twin room 599 EUR | Total 1198 EUR
Price per person in a single room 805 EUR

Flight and airport transportation to/from the airport is not included.

Training Kit is a mandatory add-on for players
Information about how to acquire equipment will be sent after the player registration by email.


Subscribe to the NF Academy Membership Program and get an exclusive discount on the
player or goalkeeper package.

MEMBER PRICE: 995 EUR (1295 EUR. Save 300 EUR)


NF Academy is pleased to announce that players who have booked an International Program for the 24/25 season and are members* will have the opportunity to partake in a week of intense training sessions and social activities with GDS Cascais Futebol SAD in Cascais, Portugal.
This week, the player will be evaluated by the Club Performance Department and train with the team from his age group. This offer does not include flights, accommodation or transportation.


*This offer is exclusively available to players with a NF Membership.





NF Academy has provided the opportunity for more than 30 players to have a full training week with academy teams at Sporting CP through all its programs. For the most ambitious players aiming for a professional career, you will have a unique opportunity to show your skills to representatives in Sporting CP.


NF Elite Training Camp is a great program to combine with family holiday. In the area where the training camp takes place, families will be able to enjoy sandy beaches and exploring the charming city center of Cascais with restaurants, bars, cafes and shopping opportunities. Only 30 minutes away by train or taxi you will also have the opportunity to visit Lisbon city center.

A city with unique architecture, palaces, great restaurants, zoo and oceanarium. We also recommend football families to visit the stadium and football museum to either Benfica or Sporting with world class facilities and an impressive history developing some of the best players in the world.


Ibercup Cascais is a great program to combine with family holiday. In the area the tournament takes place, families will be able to enjoy sandy beaches and exploring the charming city center of Cascais with restaurants, bars, cafes and shopping opportunities. Only 30 minutes away by train or taxi you will also have the opportunity to visit Lisbon city center.

A city with unique architecture, palaces, great restaurants, zoo and oceanarium. We also recommend football families to visit the stadium and football museum to either Benfica or Sporting with world class facilities and an impressive history developing some of the best players in the world.


MISC Information

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.

Program 2025

*This is a preliminary program and there can be changes in the order of the agenda.

Day 1 – Arrival, Check-in and NF Staff Welcoming at Hotel

Day 2 – Open Meeting & 2 Training Sessions with NF Academy’s coaches

Day 3 – 2 Training Sessions in Sporting Academy

Day 4 – 2 Training Sessions with NF Academy’s coaches

Day 5 – Sporting Stadium & Museum Visits and training match vs Sporting’s youth team

Day 6 – 2 Training Session and closing ceremony in the evening with awards ceremony

Day 7 – Breakfast followed by check-out from the hotel.

Hotel Londres, Estoril


During the training camp you will stay at Hotel Londres which is located only 400 meters from the beach. The hotel has a heated outdoor salt water pool, a restaurant and free & fast WIFI at the hotel. It is near the training fields, restaurants and cafes, and only a 20 minute walk to Cascais. The train station is only a 5 minute walk from the hotel and can take you to the center of  beautiful Lisbon in 30 minutes.


NF Academy uses skilled and experienced coaches with backgrounds from European big clubs. We want a profile with ambitious coaches great academic weight for our projects. The coaches are carefully selected from applications we receive and our existing contact network.

You can see all our coaches here.

NFA Director | Gonçalo Nunes


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.

«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


Date Program Country Place Age Group
09 - 15 Feb 2025 NF Elite Training Camp
Week 7
Portugal Lisbon / Estoril 2009-2014
16 - 22 Feb 2025 NF Elite Training Camp
Week 8
Portugal Lisbon / Estoril 2009-2014
23 Feb - 01 Mar 2025 NF Elite Training Camp
Week 9
Portugal Lisbon / Estoril 2009-2014


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