OGC Nice Youth Academy
The development methodology and playing style of the OGC Nice Youth Academy is proving an overwhelming success at the highest level.
While the U19s won the prestigious Coupe Gambardella in 2012, the reserves have just won promotion to the CFA (fourth division) and the club’s youth sides are regular participants in the national finals series.
The teams’ success is also success for the individuals involved, and this is reflected by the ever-growing number of young Aiglons called up to represent their countries at youth level.
From the chairman
The youth academy is one of the fundamental elements of OGC Nice’s sporting project. The club’s first team for the 2015-16 campaign boasted the youngest average age in Europe. The academy’s various age groups all reflect the same principles: OGC Nice strives for the fulfilment of each individual young footballer in the academy; the best among them will play for the first team. By engaging these young players in the project from the youngest age, the Club intends to transform these young players into ambassadors of the Club’s identity.
JEAN-PIERRE RIVERE, OGC Nice chairman
Work, discipline and camaraderie. The years spent in a youth academy are an initiation into the demands of elite and professional sport. They are the first big steps of a career. Daily life and sporting challenges - but also the challenges off the park - represent the experiences of growth and personal construction. It’s the school of life, run by OGC Nice, a club with a real identity that represents strong values. No matter what the outcome, the years spent in a youth academy remain a special time in the life of an athlete, the footballer and the man.