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Capital Area RailHawks Development Academy

12 Academy Partnership with NLA



U12 Academy teams to receive dedicated day of training with NLA staff



Raleigh, NC – John Bradford, Capital Area RailHawks Academy Director, is excited to announce a new partnership with Next Level Academy (NLA) that will provide unique training and development opportunities to the Academy’s U12 program.


“With this relationship, our players will benefit from proven technical training methods and coaching. They will also be exposed to additional valuable components of youth development at a critical age,” said Bradford.  “Blending our Academy’s youth development curriculum and NLA training with innovative components, such as multiple sports and physical education development, will certainly enhance our players’ overall foundation.”


Academy (U12) players in the North, South, and Del Sol Programs will receive a weekly dedicated training session with NLA staff. “We are very excited about the opportunity to work with the Capital Area RailHawks Academy, who have been one of the top academy programs in the country,” said Damon Nahas, owner of NLA. “The NLA staff looks forward to complimenting the players’ development platform and expanding on this partnership through the years.” 

Specifically, Academy North and Del Sol players will train three times a week outdoors at WRAL Soccer Center with Academy staff, and they will train an additional day indoors with NLA staff at the Factory in Wake Forest. In the South, the Academy players will train three times a week outdoors at Thomas Brooks Park with Academy staff and an additional day indoors with NLA staff at NetSports in Morrisville. 


“The technical relationship with Next Level Academy provides an additional developmental platform for the Capital Area RailHawks Academy U12 players,” said Michael Milazzo, Capital Area RailHawks Academy U12 South Head Coach.  “Their approach to individual player development compliments our vision for the younger academy players.”


The Capital Area RailHawks Academy U12 Programs will kick-off their inaugural season this fall along with the other 135 Academy Programs at the U12 age, nationwide. This is the first year for any U12 Academy program, which was launched by U.S. Soccer to expand its efforts to continue improving player development.


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