Friday 6th March 2015, Carshalton England: Players from Carshalton FC Academy were treated to a unique and unforgettable experiance as the Nike Trial Van rolled into town. A privilege normally only reserved for professional clubs and their academies, the Trial Van provides players with the opportunity to wear and test Nike's latest and most innovative footwear.
As part of their Nike Partner Club benefits each player from the carshalton Academy tested the 4 different silos of boot maximising the different characteristics.
Mercurial for Explosive Speed
Hypervenom for Deadly Agility
Magista for Unstoppable Play Making
Tiempo for Dominating Touch
Aston Villa and USA Goalkeeper Brad Guzan dropped in on a training session with three Nike Partner Clubs. Players from Coventrians RFC, Maypole FC and Rugby Town JFC enjoyed a series of interactive training drills with the Premier League Goalkeeper as part of the Nike Partner Club benefits package.
Brad worked with the coaches of the three clubs providing advice and feeback to players, this was of particular interest to the Goalkeepers in attendance who were able to learn some valuable lessons from the experianced Guzan. Following the training session, a Question and Answer session was carried out to get an understanding of Brads rise from grassroots football to the Premier League as well as his thoughts on the NPC Programme.
Nike Partner Club is a program that attempts to raise the standards of grass roots football. From investment in coaching accreditation courses, to supporting clubs in raising their profile and identity in the community. Furthermore, clubs are able to experience fantastic benefits that without their NPC status wouldn't be available to them.
Newcastle East End F.C is a growing club, in part thanks to the support and the benfits they have experianced since achieving Nike Partner Club status.
Chairman Kelly Scott highlighted the significant progression the club has made in the last 6 months since the partnership was formed. 'Being a Charter Standard Community Club we always want to raise the bar in everything we do both on and off the pitch, and i feel the partnership with Nike has been vital in moving the club forwards'
One of the key direct benefits of becoming a Nike Partner Club is the provision of Coaching Busary's that can be redeemed with the local County FA when completing courses delivered by the County; a benefit Newcastle East End have taken full advantage of. The Partnership with Nike has allowed the club to redeem over £2000 worth of coaching vouchers helping 21 coaches complete coaching badges in the past 12 months. A phenomenal accomplishment for a grass roots football club which Kelly states would not have even been dreamt of before the Nike partnership.
North East club Gateshead Redheugh FC, decided that signing up as a Nike Partner Club provided them with a great opportunity to create a make-over for their grounds and club house that has given the whole club a boost. Utilising artwork and branding guidance provided by Nike, the club have integrated their own identity with the Nike Partner Club brand to great effect.