NIAS: National Football Camp to be held in Armidale

The Northern Inland Academy of Sport’s 2018 National Football Camp (NFC) is an inclusive football camp catering for athletes of all standards for primary and secondary school students aged U11, U12, U13, U14, U15, U16 and U17 in 2018.

The NFC will be held over the week 20th – 23rd of January and will be hosted in Armidale at Sport UNE.

The NFC has the support of Newington College’s head of football Brian McCarthy and is supported by Northern NSW Football who will be providing high profile coaches as special guests in support of this camp.

“I cannot wait to be back in Armidale with the region’s best talent.

“While working with the coaching team, we will be able to take their football to the next level,” McCarthy said.

The quality of every session, theory or practical as well as materials and pre-event publicity will be of a quality level in keeping with Mccarthy’s 12 years of top international football involvement at four European Championships, three World Cups, and the 2012 Euro Finals Series with the Irish National Team.

The NFC is absolutely thrilled to be welcoming Stephen McCarthy, a UEFA qualified coach and Manchester United first team scout for the entire duration of the camp. Stephen reports directly to manager Jose Mourinho.

NIAS chief executive officer James Cooper is thrilled to have both Brian and his son Stephen headlining the NFC.

“We’re truly humbled to have individuals of Brian and Stephen’s calibre come to Armidale and be a part of our second National Football Camp.

“Stephen’s knowledge of football will be second to none, not only for the athletes but the coaching staff as well,” Cooper said.

The NFC embraces inclusivity, enjoyment, friendship in sport and sportsmanship as its core values. It offers a stay with us and stay out option for all athletes.

The stay with us option will feature accommodation hosted at St Alberts College and includes all meals.

The stay out option includes lunch and daytime snacks.

For further details, contact the NIAS team on 6766 2526 or visit the NIAS website on

ATHLETE PROFILE: Vitorio Sardinha

Sport: I’m a member of the Inland Technology tennis program. 

What town or city do you come from?: Gunnedah 

How long have you been involved with NIAS?: 

This is my first year in the NIAS tennis program. 

Age: 12

Ambition: To be a professional tennis player and to compete in the four major grand slams.  

Highest achievement: Progressing through to the JDS State Finals.  

Hero: Tennis champion Novak Djokovic, who has won 12 grand slam titles.   

Biggest influence: My coach Craig Louis for always putting in his time to improve my game. 

What do you like doing when you’re not involved in sport?: I like playing soccer with friends and family.