Southall goes full time at SEFA


We are delighted to announce that Nicky Southall will be joining Soccer Elite FA on a full time basis from February.



The Gillingham legend, who has played for Midlands giants Nottingham Forest and in the Premier League for Bolton Wanderers, has coached for SEFA on a part time basis for the last year and will now join us permanently at the start of next month.


nickyNicky will continue to work at our Swadelands centre with both our Academy players and Scholars. In addition he will head up our relaunched ‘Coach The Coaches’ programme.


SEFA Director Tony Browne said: “I am delighted to welcome Nicky in on a full time basis at Soccer Elite FA.


“This is a real coup for both SEFA’s Academy and Scholarship players with Nicky’s playing and coaching pedigree really making him an outstanding addition to our team.


“Nicky’s sessions up to date with us have gone down a storm – with our players across the ages enjoying the opportunity to learn from a former Premier League footballer.


“It goes without saying that Nicky’s wealth of contacts will prove fruitful both in terms of fixtures and players having the opportunity to trial at professional clubs when appropriate.


“This really is a great time to be a part of Soccer Elite FA; our coaching team is the strongest it has even been and is completely unrivalled across the board.”


Image-4A veteran of over 600 professional appearances, Nicky reflected on why he had chosen to come in to SEFA on a full time basis: “I came into SEFA to have a look over a number of months and I have been really impressed with the professionalism, organisation, commitment to do things the right way and ultimately the quality of the players and coaching at the Academy.”


A large part of Nicky’s remit will be working with our Swadelands Scholars and he is keen to get started with the Lenham-based group: “I am looking forward to working with the players. With the older lads you can get your points across in a more structured way – with the younger ones you’ve got to let them play with more freedom – but once players are sixteen and seventeen you can start to organise them and try and guide them in the right way.


“With my contacts we will be looking to get them into first teams at a good standard as this is the next progression for them. The setup is there and it is all about if the player wants it enough and if they do then I will help them as much as I can along with all the other Scholarship coaches.


“There’s a lot of academies throughout Kent and the South East – and I’ve been and seen quite a few – and this is definitely in my view the most professional that I have seen.”

Interested in a free taster session at the Soccer Elite FA Academy? Click here to apply for your free spot.

In year 11 and considering your options? There is still time to apply for the SEFA Scholarship beginning September 2015!