NPSA Soccer Academy Focused On Development
"NPSA has been a great soccer experience for both of our kids (G06 and B08). We joined NPSA out of a belief in the life-long value kids can gain from playing team sports, a desire for our kids to continue to expand their soccer skill set beyond what their parent-coached teams could provide, and we were seeking a soccer program that had the right balance of competition, learning and fun. Both of our kids have had a blast with NPSA and are playing year around. While their soccer skills have certainly improved, more importantly, they are staying active, making new friendships and playing on teams they have come to love. " Sam F.
Every Mercer Island soccer parent has different reasons for sending their child to NPSA. For some, it is the care and attention of the coaching staff. For others, it’s the energy and love of the game that founder Adam Nowland brings to the Academy. Here are some of the key reasons we hear:
NPSA founder Adam Nowland, a retired British soccer professional, learned about the value of world-class instruction at the of age 12 when he was coached at the Liverpool FC Center of Excellence by Steve Heighway, one of Liverpool’s greatest players. “Every child should have the opportunity to good coaching and a quality soccer experience,” Nowland says. “It is an essential part of any player’s development because in order for them to be an effective part of a team they first need to be competent and confident in their abilities as an individual.”
Nowland’s 12-year career as a midfielder was characterized by his solid work ethic, speed and finesse. He turned professional at the age of 17 in Blackpool and he later went on to play for West Ham United and Nottingham Forest before coming to the United States to play for FC Tampa Bay.
Islander Middle School Soccer Fields: 7447 84th Ave SE, Mercer Island, WA 98040
Age groups: U6, U7, U8, U9, U10, U11, U12 and U13
At NPSA, we believe in developing Bellevue players the right way from the very beginning. We stay true to our mission of providing youth soccer development for all player levels by raising coaching standards and ultimately player advancement through professional coaching education in an engaging training environment. As soon as a player has an interest in the game or wants to be introduced to the game, we strive to provide the age appropriate program to allow all players to flourish and develop as they grow and age. What we see today is a fragmented landscape for soccer development. People go one place for a certain type of training and then elsewhere for another type of training. This leads to inconsistency in both message and philosophy leading to confusion in players and often in parents. One coach says one thing and the next coach will stress something different. Where is the consistency?
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Our NPSA club values are our enduring and distinctive core beliefs. They are our deeply held convictions that influence our attitudes and behaviors. These beliefs are ingrained in all we do and are shared by all our staff; they are our way of life. The NPSA guiding principles never change and are why NPSA does what it does and what it stands for.
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