Update Quality & Performance Program professional football

News by Nick Veenbrink

Now that we’re already a few months into the season it is time to give an update in relation to the Q&P Program. The Q&P Program is a tool for both professional as well as amateur football clubs which helps analyse and evaluate the performance of their youth academy- and policy. This program is executed in cooperation with the Royal Netherlands Football Association (KNVB).

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Within this article we’ll take a moment to review what has happened, but more so look forward to what is to come. Just like previous seasons, the Q&P Program is in full swing!

The program

All Dutch professional football clubs (highest and second-highest division) with a youth academy are assessed and evaluated by the Quality & Performance Program annually. The Q&P Program in professional football differs from the one in amateur football in the sense that the audit takes place on a yearly basis, whereas the review is done once every three years.

The Q&P Program can roughly be divided into the audit and the review. The primary purpose of the audit is that it serves as a point of measurement in relation to the quality dimensions. Additionally, it serves as a means of getting to know the club. We use this knowledge as a frame of reference when we go for the review. The review subsequently focuses on improving and developing the youth academy itself. The identity, culture and vision of the club lies at the heart of this process and forms the basis on which advises and recommendations are given.

Ready, set, go!

Last week Friday (16th of November) we kicked off the annual audit-cycle. During this kick-off all professional football clubs in the Netherlands were invited to evaluate themselves based on their level of ambition (international, national or regional academy) and the minimum requirements that come with it. This self-evaluation is done online in a specifically designed evaluation system and is monitored by NMC Bright. Once a club finishes their self-evaluation it gets assessed by NMC Bright consultants in cooperation with KNVB experts, after which the clubs receive their final certification.

For the upcoming months reviews are scheduled at the following clubs: FC Volendam, NAC Breda, Fortuna Sittard, Feyenoord and FC Utrecht.

Expert team

Quality and expertise are key to successfully executing the Q&P program. That’s why NMC Bright attaches great value to their network of field-related experts. NMC Bright is committed to bringing in people whose expertise fit with the topics to be discussed during the review.

The following experts are scheduled to join review sessions this year:

  • Remco Oversier (Technical Director, NEC Nijmegen)
  • Alex Pastoor (Football Coach)
  • Koen Daerden (Technical Director Academy, KRC Genk)
  • Max Huiberts (Director Football, AZ)
  • Merijn Zeeman (Sportive Director, Lotto-Jumbo Cycling)
  • Peter Bosz (Football Coach)
  • Stephan Hakkers (Specialist Dual Career, NOC*NSF)
  • Han Berger (Board of Directors Professional Football, KNVB)
  • Fred Rutten (Football Coach)