North Coast Football has revamped its approach to its National Premier League Youth Program for season 2022, with ACE Performance signing on to broaden the development of its four squads.
The National Premier League (NPL) Youth Program sees North Coast Football (NCF) compete in a 26-round competition against 13 teams from Newcastle and the Mid-North Coast in a home and away series for under 13, 14, 15 and 16.
The NCF squads train at Coffs Sport and Leisure Park. For five years, they trained three days a week on grass pitches. Instead, in 2022, one of the training days will occur at ACE Performance at the Coffs Harbour Education Campus.
ACE Performance is based in Coffs Harbour and Melbourne. It trains Olympic, professional, semi-professional, amateur and aspiring athletes in sports performance training and athletic development.
NCF is conducting trials for the NPL program in early December. Players interested in trialling can still sign-up: https://ncf.link/22pdpeoi
Comments by Alex Nolan, Manager, Player and Coach Development Manager, North Coast Football
NPL is the top competition in Australia for aspiring male and female footballers. NCF has been in the NPL for six years and successfully develops talented footballers in our zone.
It’s long been the want for our high-performance offering to go beyond football, and the relationship with ACE Performance will help take our program to the next level.
We want to create great athletes and not just great footballers. By moving one of our weekly training sessions off the ball and into the realm of sports science, we believe the players will enjoy the overall program more as they become well-rounded athletes.
Aspiring regional footballers don’t often have access to this form of training and education. ACE will enhance our performance on the field and provide education and training to our footballers that will benefit them throughout their sporting careers.
It’s all about getting the right mix. Our program, our qualified coaches and now ACE Performance all make for a compelling 2022.
Comments by Tom Frost, Director, ACE Performance
The purpose of the High-Performance Program is to maximise the potential of every athlete through a comprehensive, well-designed program that develops all of the components necessary to achieve athletic excellence.
Training will improve overall athleticism – speed, power, agility, balance, proprioception, control and coordination while focusing on injury prevention, education, load management and more.
Our mission is to bridge the gap and offer services to the aspiring athlete that are usually only available to professionals.
We want to achieve a new benchmark in performance while keeping our athletes injury-free and performing at their peak.