What we do.

Investing in talent development as a sustainable foundation for success.

NMC Bright helps federations, leagues and clubs who have the ambition to improve their standards in talent development. We work with a worldwide partner network of experienced professionals in the field of elite sports and talent development.

Objectively assessing the quality of youth academies.

We perform assessments of youth academies based on customised frameworks. Our frameworks, procedures and assessments fit your cultural context, developmental phase and governing regulations. All steps will be tailored to your context and needs.

Designing a (licensing) framework

We offer customised quality frameworks with the purpose of licensing or certifying youth academies. We design frameworks after analysing the state of youth football in your country in close cooperation with all stakeholders. The framework will help clubs raise standards in developing home grown players for first teams. It provides you with clear insights and serves as a benchmark of youth academies based on quality standards.

Accreditation and certification procedures

We design, coordinate and supervise accreditation and certification procedures in close cooperation with our partners. The main requirements for these procedures are assembling a team of assessors, embedding the procedure in governing regulations and policy, implementing efficient software to support the procedure.

NMC Bright
is the expert
in raising quality
in sports

Assessments

After designing a quality (or licensing) framework and an accreditation or certification procedure, an assessment is performed to assess the quality of the academy or organisation. Through an assessment we match the gathered documentation with daily practice. Depending on the framework we have several methods that we apply during an assessment, such as interviews, observations, group-discussions and questionnaires.

Continuous improvement in youth academies.

It's extreme valuable to systematically helping youth academies finding ways to increase their performance.That's why we offer some unique developmental and educational services to stimulate continuous improvement in youth academies.

The expert team is using a positive approach.

Elwin van Keulen
Academy Director Cambuur Leeuwarden
Expert Sessions

We facilitate expert sessions that fit with the ambition and strategy of a club. Together with the club we design a tailor-made program that helps identify points of improvement and possible solutions. This includes in-depth discussion, ideation and advising with the sole purpose of increasing a club's performance. These sessions are attended by carefully selected experts and a consultant to facilitate the process.

Talent development programmes

Based on your ambition and a thorough analysis we provide a talent development program that suits the level of development of your country and governing regulations. A talent development program is a long-term project that provides on-site support for clubs on areas such as strategy, governance, organisation and football. Clubs receive support and are incentivised to develop so that they systematically improve their youth academies.

Educational programmes

We provide educational programs for coaches, academy directors, technical directors and board members. Our many years of experience and extensive network provides us with a wide range of possibilities in creating custom-made educational programmes.

Developing a strategy

We help develop your long-term strategy. Based on an analysis that contains club assessments, interviews and desk-research we develop a strategic plan that is translated into measurable actions. We support the process of formulating a strategy, be it in a specific domain like football or a general strategy.

Project management

Our extensive network of experts, consultants, coaches, coach-educators and event managers is suitable for all questions, challenges or projects regarding talent development & -identification.

In-depth insight.

To identify the marginal gains in improving youth academies you need to ask the right questions and support conclusions with data. By providing (data-driven) research we help identify areas of improvement. Next to our standard questionnaires we design customised methods for answering all kinds of questions.

How do parents, players and staff evaluate the learning environment of your academy?

Learning environment survey

One example of data-driven research is our questionnaire regarding the learning environment of youth academies. Our survey helps with having a better understanding of the learning environment of talent development programs and how to improve it. Coaches, parents and players answer questions in the following domains: the best players, the best coaches, a performance-driven culture, dual career and facilities. We can adjust our ‘learning environment survey’ to different organisations, sports and levels.

Benchmarking

We develop benchmark reports on a specific topic based on thorough research. Be it an international comparison of youth academies or mapping the average fees of (youth) coaches in a country.

360⁰ feedback

This way of evaluating your organisation turns out to be an extremely valuable tool. It involves all internal and external stakeholders and is an effective way to distance yourself from the intensity of daily operations and thoroughly evaluate your own performances. Depending on ambitions and context of your organisation we gather feedback on domains such as leadership, innovation, cooperation, operational effectiveness and efficiency.

We support your search for continuous improvement.

Once you have a good grasp of the quality of your youth academy, it is extreme valuable to systematically find ways to improve your performance. We can help you with our unique developmental and educational services.

Developing a strategy

We help develop your long-term strategy. Based on an analysis that contains club assessments, interviews and desk-research we develop a strategic plan that is translated into measurable actions. We support the process of formulating a strategy, be it in a specific domain like football or a general strategy.

Expert sessions

We developed a methodology that offers clubs the opportunity to evaluate their talent development system or youth academy in a short period of time with a group of high-quality specialists to identify areas for improvement and optimization. The sessions include in-depth discussion, ideation and advising with the sole purpose of increasing your club's performance.

Educational programmes

We provide educational programs for coaches, academy directors, technical directors and board members. Our years of experience and extensive network provides us with the possibility to create custom-made educational programs

Project management

Our network of experts, consultants, coaches, coach-educators and event managers is suitable for all questions, challenges or projects regarding talent development & -identification.

We gain in-depth insight in the quality of your youth academy.

In order to identify the marginal gains that can take your academy to the next level, you need to ask the right questions and support conclusions with data. By conducting (data-driven) research we provide clubs with an in-depth analysis of their youth academy. We design, execute and analyse the results of these research projects.

It's an insightful tool that helps optimizing the learning environment.

Learning environment survey

One example of data-driven research is our questionnaire regarding the learning environment of youth academies. Our survey helps with creating a better understanding of the learning environment of talent development programs and how this could be improved. Coaches, parents and players answer questions in the following domains: the best players, the best coaches, a performance-driven culture, dual career and facilities. We can adjust our ‘learning environment survey’ to different organisations, sports and levels.

360⁰ feedback

This way of evaluating your organisation or youth academy turns out to be an extremely valuable tool. It involves all internal and external stakeholders and is an effective way to distance yourself from the intensity of daily operations and thoroughly evaluate your performances. Depending on the ambitions and context of the organisation we gather feedback on domains such as leadership, innovation, cooperation, operational effectiveness and efficiency.

How can we help?

If you are looking for a dedicated partner that helps developing youth academies and raise standards in talent development, please contact us and let’s discuss possibilities.

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