Player Development Programs

NPL Youth Program and Skill Acquisition Phase Program

Welcome to the North Coast Football Player Development Program. The program has five offerings:

  • Emerging Skill Acquisition Phase Program (ESAP) (7 – 9 years old) 2023
  • Talented Female Football Program (12 – 16 years old) 2023
  • School holiday clinics 2022
  • National Premier League Youth 2023
  • Skill Acquisition Phase Program 2022 (Clarence) and 2023 (Coffs and Clarence)

Information on the programs is below.

Skill Acquisition Phase Program – Clarence Valley

Is your child looking to do more or go further with football? Do they want to go to the next level? The North Coast Football Skill Acquisition Phase program could be for them.

The Clarence Skill Acquisition Phase (SAP) program provides a clear and professionally delivered development opportunity for young girls and boys aged eight to twelve on the North Coast. For 15 weeks, girls and boys will come together for 75-minute training sessions once a week. Training in the NCF SAP is in addition to their club training program and playing with their clubs at weekends.

The training follows and incorporates the four core skills and focuses on individual performance and game understanding, and awareness.  Emphasis is placed on development rather than winning matches, although we encourage players to develop a ‘winning mentality’ through their actions and attitude. This program is for players serious about developing their football skills and furthering themselves in the years to come. Players are selected for the program based on their current skill level, potential to develop the key skills required, attitude, and commitment to the program.

Former Socceroo Greg Brown will coach the program. Greg Brown is an AFC FFA A-License Coach who has spent many years in youth development and coaching on the international stage with the Matilda’s.

SAP runs between May and September and incorporates the fundamental principles of the Football Australia National Curriculum. Participation in the program is $300. Participants receive a training kit (except boots and shin pads).

There will be a combined U9/U10 Squad and a U11/U12 Squad training on Wednesday evenings in Grafton.

Trial Dates:

  • 11 and 18 May 2022
  • 4:15-5:30pm- U9’s/U10’s
  • 5:30-6:45pm- U11’s/U12’s


All trialists must register an expression of interest using the following link:
Expression of Interest


Contact Alex Nolan: or 0438 512 159

Hear from Greg Brown



Clinics will be held in the Easter, Winter and Spring school holidays. Details are here: Link.

Player Development Programs

Our 2022 Player Development Program involving the Skill Acquisition Phase Program, Early Skill Acquisition Phase Program, National Premier League Youth and Talented Female Football Program is underway. We still may have opportunities come up throughout the year and we’re taking names for 2023. If you’re interested in 2022 or 2023, please email Alex Nolan (link).

From Alex Nolan, head of the program

The SAP and NPL Program offer talented footballers a chance to develop as an athlete; technically, tactically, physically and psychologically. The programs allow players to challenge themselves against the best players in Northern NSW and offer pathways to players identified for State and National teams and A-League and W-League clubs.

The SAP program offers players two extra sessions a week on top of their community football training. Training focuses on mastering the ball and actions on the field, developing their perception, decision making and execution of actions. Players are involved in a monthly carnival with teams across northern NSW.

The NPL program offers players three sessions a week; two sessions a week focusing on game training and one session focusing on strength, conditioning, speed and agility. Players will be training in a high-expectations environment that will focus on the education and development of the individual.

To join the SAP and NPL programs, you must be a player who is always looking to improve. Players must be dedicated to the team and training at a high intensity. There is a level of technical skill and tactical awareness needed and an expectation that players are committed both on and off the field.

Updated: 21 February 2022