How do I get a trial at Nottingham Forest FC?
Like most clubs, we have a network of scouts who work for the club on a local, national and international basis. They look at players from under 7's up to semi-professional football. They will recommend players for trial.
Can I write in to be invited to an open trial?
We never hold open trials. We always watch players at their local club/school before inviting them in for trial. Therefore players writing in for a trial should always include a fixture list for their teams along with directions and anything else that might help (e.g. club and player contact numbers). They should also write about their football background including information such as D.O.B, position, approx height/weight (for older players), and clubs played for. Any representative honours such as schools, district, county etc. should also be included.
How can I be sure that my talent has not been overlooked?
Rest assured, with literally thousands of scouts representing the various clubs, if you have the required level of ability, you should be spotted. Many people don't think they have ever had a scout at their games when in fact just the opposite could be true. Most of the time we do not encourage our scouts to wear clothing linking them to Forest. We believe that if players think a scout is there we do not get a true reflection on their playing ability. The presence of a scout may put unnecessary pressure on the players as they could be very nervous (this is especially true of younger players) or try much harder just because they think someone is watching them. Our Academy looks for players who naturally work hard and try and do the right things.
I have waited years to be spotted, should I give up?
Within reason, it's never too late. Some players mature later than others, and lots of top class professionals have entered the game at a relatively late stage. Keep playing the highest standard of football possible, and never give up hope! Above all always try your best, you never know who is watching!
Players writing for trials should address their letters to the Academy Office, NFFC, City Ground, West Bridgford, Nottingham. NG2 5FJ
Please remember we get hundreds of trial requests each week and we cannot watch everyone. The higher the level you play at the more priority we will give your request.