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Alex Nolan: He’s not the Messi-ah, he’s just a very busy boy

August 9th, 2021

Alex Nolan has hit the ground running in his new role as North Coast Football’s Coach & Player Development Manager – and he’s aiming high.
He returned to his home town of Coffs Harbour earlier this season after eight years in Sydney – chasing his football dream as a player and for university study.
When the post came up at NCF – there wasn’t a blip of hesitation.
“It was that sense of excitement to return home and take that next step in my football career,” Alex said.
“It’s an opportunity to engross myself in NPL, SAP and community football.”
And he was impressed by what found from the get-go.
“I was surprised – in a positive way – to see where the program is already at,” he said.
Alex said while his new role was a window to influence high performance athletes – he plans to take an ‘over-arching’ brief for the whole area.
“That includes putting the support there for coaches because if you have better coaches you get better footballers,” he said.
Alex admitted the hurdles are that there’s only one of him – and his patch extends from Iluka in the north to Scotts Head.
“There’s always going to be challenges but there’s exciting things, especially with our Player Development Program,” Alex said.
“I have developed a game model of the way football should be taught in youth-development, with the focus being on education of the player with high-expectations.”
While champing at the bit in the new gig, Alex understands continued evolvement of the game will demand considered work and time.
“It’s about putting the support and systems in place. Success is where every player in the region has an opportunity to make it as a professional footballer,” he said.
“We’d like to see more players make it to that level over the next 10 years.”

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