NF Academy coach Ricardo Silva takes about his experience

NF Academy Coach Ricardo Silva
NF Academy Coach Ricardo Silva

NF Academy coach Ricardo Silva talks about his experience

One of NF Academy key for excellence are the coaches, who are in direct contact with the players and their parents. We know that even when the coaches quality is above average, it is not only his knowledge that will make the player evolve. The coach must have the ability to stimulate the players’ interest and motivation, find the best way to teach and reach the young players, and manage his emotions and those he works with.

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NF Academy Coach Ricardo Silva
NF Academy Coach Ricardo Silva

NF Academy coach Ricardo Silva talks about his experience

One of NF Academy key for excellence are the coaches, who are in direct contact with the players and their parents. We know that even when the coaches quality is above average, it is not only his knowledge that will make the player evolve. The coach must have the ability to stimulate the players’ interest and motivation, find the best way to teach and reach the young players, and manage his emotions and those he works with.

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Being a full time coach at NF Academy

You are an experienced coach, and part of the full time coaching crew at NF Academy. How has that experience been so far?

It has been a very demanding and enriching experience. I’m faced daily with challenges for which I must find answers and the adequate solutions for the overall needs of the players, as a group as well as individually.

Another daily duty is to follow-up several players individually through our programs, NF Career Management and NF Club Experience, which contemplates a very personalized, meticulous and detailed follow-up of each athlete, both in person and by video call or video analysis sent by the athletes.

NF Club Experience is for players that are ambitious, that want to get international references, that want to test themselves with different environments, cultures and that want to know how Portuguese clubs train. It’s a great opportunity to train with players that play in a different way so it will be a new challenge and challenges help players to develop.

NF Career Management is a unique program that will ensure players development with a close follow up and guidance from a professional NF coach. Through this program, NF Academy will create opportunities with Portuguese clubs for professional contracts or to play abroad as an amateur.

READ ALSO: Take the next step with NF Career Management

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The Nordic player

How do you evaluate the recent NF Academy programs?

-It’s clearly very positive. With the diversity of duties and programs, I feel that I’m in a constant state of evolution. I can even say that I’m now a better coach, more competent, and with a larger range of solutions.

It’s also been very positive to interact with all the athletes we receive on these programs, to help them grow, to see how important it is for them, and in a way, to be a part of their growth as an athlete and person.

Which characteristics would you point out on the Nordic players?

Generally, the Nordic player is more disciplined, more committed to his goal. They are very opened to advices, and always try to apply them both in practice as well as on a match. One other important characteristic that I can identify in most players, is that they tend to make good decisions while under pressure.

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NF Academy player playing in Ibercup Cascais 2022
NF Academy player playing in Ibercup Cascais 2022

The upcoming summer programs

What can you tell us about the upcoming NF Academy programs?

Each program has an overall goal of helping the player to evolve through different contexts, adjusted to his characteristics and level.

We will soon be having our Summer Programs, which are, for the most part, Tournaments. Players are invited to be a part of our selections, bering in mind their characteristics and level, because it’s important to us to give them challenges to develop them, but fitting to their overall skills.

We will also have our high level exclusive program, NF High Performance, targeted for the best athletes, and where they will live a 10-days experience in a professional environment, with all of the best resources available. We will also be facing top Portuguese teams in this program, and the best NF Academy coaches. It will be a very limited program, designed for the players that are close to becoming professional players.

NF High Performance is an elite program which the main objective is to provide players a professional pre-season environment and experience in a top sport complex in Portugal where top teams train and even the Portuguese national team.

Players will play against top Portuguese teams like Sporting CP and Estoril de Praia, where will be able to showcase their skills to them.

NF High Performance Camp takes place in Rio Maior from 18th-28th of July 2022.

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NF Academy vs Sporting CP match in Ibercup Cascais 2022
NF Academy vs Sporting CP match in Ibercup Cascais 2022

UPCOMING NF ACADEMY EVENTS

Date Program Country Place Age Group
12 - 15 Jan 2023 NF Selection Riga Cup Latvia Riga 2008
19 - 22 Jan 2023 NF Selection Riga Cup Latvia Riga 2009
02 - 05 Feb 2023 NF Selection Riga Cup Latvia Riga 2010
19 - 25 Feb 2023 NF Elite Training Camp
Week 8
Portugal Lisbon / Estoril 2006-2012
26 Feb - 04 Mar 2023 NF Elite Training Camp
Week 9
Portugal Lisbon / Estoril 2006-2012
04 - 09 Apr 2023 NF Elite Selection Mic Football Spain Costa Brava 2007-2011
08 - 10 Apr 2023 NF Selection Future Cup Sweden Gothernburg 2007-2012
17 - 27 Jul 2023 NF High Performance Portugal Rio Maior 2008-2005
24 - 28 Jul 2023 NF Selection Laola Cup Germany Hamburg 2006-2012
01 - 07 Oct 2023 NF Elite Training Camp
Week 40
Portugal Lisbon / Estoril 2007-2013
15 - 21 Oct 2023 NF Elite Training Camp
Week 42
Portugal Lisbon / Estoril 2007-2013
29 Oct - 04 Nov 2023 NF Elite Training Camp
Week 44
Portugal Lisbon / Estoril 2007-2013

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