Newcastle Olympic establishes its own Newcastle Olympic Football Academy


Newcastle Olympic wishes to announce the establishment of the Newcastle Olympic Football Academy (NOFA). The Academy (NOFA) will serve the needs of individual players regardless of age, team, or development phase. The training will be based on developing attributes that are consistent with NOFC’s philosophy and ethos regarding technical ability, work ethic, and personal character.

NOFA will provide various services including a skill enhancement program (SEP) and a pathway development program (PDP).

At this point, some of you will have received notification from Northern NSW Football that your son or daughter has been included in their Talent Support Program (TSP).

In an effort to provide supplementary group training to our remaining players, we have developed a club-based Pathway Development Program. Similar to the Northern NSW TSP, our program will be for 10-weeks and will be offered to all SAP/NET/NPL players in the 10-15 years age groups and WPL players in the 14-17 years age groups. Sessions will be on Monday afternoons/evenings (at Darling St Oval).

The training sessions will be undertaken by senior NOFC staff coaches, and there will be guest coaches (from without the club) at selected times throughout the program.

The Academy (NOFA) will also provide supplementary training to younger age groups (6-9s) through our Skill Enhancement Program (SEP), and our 16s age group will be able to undertake supplementary training with the senior teams (mainly 18s) on a rotation basis.

Furthermore, NOFA will run a summer program for SAP age players (9-12s) from within and without the club.

If your child/player would like to undertake the first 10-week PDP cycle, please contact me so that I can provide further information regarding logistics and payment details. Attached to this letter is a brief outline of the Newcastle Olympic Football Academy’s PDP, SEP and Summer program.


Alex Tagaroulias                                                                                                                     Technical Director, NOFC                                                           0497-897 716



Pathway Development Program (PDP)
Program Themes:
1. Play with both feet
2. Play the ball quickly
3. Receive the ball to face forward (as often as possible)
4. Protect the ball effectively
5. Play in and out of tight areas
6. Win the ball back (as soon as you can after you have lost it)
7. Close down opponents quickly
8. Get where you can see your opponent and the ball
9. Constant scanning
10. Communication and leadership

ORGANISATION: Group skills, 10-18 players per group
LENGTH: 10 weeks/program
COST: $120 per player/program
DAY/TIME: Monday 5.00-6.15pm and 6.15-7.30pm
PLACE: Darling St Oval (Training Field)

Skill Enhancement Program (SEP)
Program Themes:
1. Striking the ball (short passing)
2. First touch (away from opponent)
3. Striking the ball (long passing)
4. 1v1 (turning)
5. Running with the ball (away from opponent)
6. First touch (towards next action)
7. 1v1 (protecting the ball)
8. Striking the ball (finishing)
9. Running with the ball (towards opponent)
10. 1v1 (defending)

ORGANISATION: Isolation or group training, 1-6 players                                              LENGTH: Assessed by coach
COST: $25-50 per player/session – depending on size of group
DAY/TIME: Friday 5.00-6.15pm
PLACE: Darling St Oval (Training Field)

Summer Program 9-12s competition:
Invite NOFC and other identified local players to participate in 10-week program
Mixed teams (age, gender, club)

ORGANISATION: Weekly 6-a-side competition games
LENGTH: 10 weeks, Oct-Dec
COST: $120 per player
DAY/TIME: Midweek / 5.30pm-7.00pm

source: Tom Tsamouras

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