Our vision is to offer ALL players a challenging and enjoyable experience that will ensure they remember their time with the Kevin Nelson Soccer Academy as a positive one. We strive to become and be recognized as the nations capital’s top soccer Academy, to be recognized for innovation and excellence, to produce players with the necessary skills to play at the highest level of the player’s ability.
Our ultimate aim is to recruit, retain and develop players who will eventually go on to play at the collegiate or professional level. For this, the development process must start quite early. The fundamentals of the game must be introduced in a fun and enjoyable environment within the surrounding of professional coaches thus increasing the players chances of attaining his or her goals.
KNSA Development Pathway
U7-U8 — Junior Developmental Training Program
This program is the entry level to our elite Academy teams. At the U8 level, we will ensure that the correct fundamentals and habits are learned/formed as we create a dynamic training environment for the players to develop in.
Every structure needs a solid base, and here at KNSA, we believe that to be the case with player development. Throughout the Junior Developmental Training Program, the areas of focus will change over time. The primary focus within this program is Skill Acquisition.
KNSA is for all players that wish to play competitive soccer. We will work on developing our skills to a high standard while enjoying the game in the process. We will train, play, and perform with excitement and freedom to express yourself, and with no outside influence or pressure.
U9-U13 — Developmental Training Program
KNSA U9-U13 Developmental Training Program is driven by the game and its players and coaches. This game-centric approach allows for long-term development to occur through a deep understanding of what makes players successful around the world.
As the sport of soccer grows in Canada, young players in our country need the proper environment to compete against the world’s elite.
This program provides the optimal developmental environment for Ottawa’s youth soccer players by emphasizing growth through quality training and limited, meaningful competition. These teams will train on average three times a week and participate in one game.
U14-U17 — Elite Academy Player Development Program
Comprised of extremely talented players, a highly qualified coaching staff, the Elite Academy Player Development Program is designed as the training ground for Ottawa’s most elite youth soccer players. Our Academy Player Development coaching staff will strategically hand-select these elite youth soccer players and the best development opportunities possible, including college/university showcases.
Through the Elite Academy Player Development Program, we holistically develop players who will have the technical and tactical skills combined with the creativity to compete at the highest levels.
This program will develop athletes 13-16 years old from all communities across Ottawa. Players are developed to be ready for top level of competition in a professional environment.
Some of these teams compete in the SAAC League. These teams train on average four times a week and feature friendly matches throughout the summer and winter months. The program is very competitive with dedication, effort and willingness to learn demanded from players.