– NF Academy is not just an academy to me; it has become more like a family

Published on: 18/05/2021
NF Academy Alexi Hughes
NF Academy Alexi Hughes

– NF Academy is not just an academy to me; it has become more like a family

NF Academy was not the only one delighted with his talent; Alexis Hughes signed a professional contract with the current champion from Sweden, Malmö FF.

Just in 2021, four NF Scholarship players signed a professional contract. The feedback from them and their families made us very happy and with the certainty that we are marking the careers of these young athletes.

The last was Alexi Hughes, that signed for Malmö FF. A winger with excellent dribbling and finishing skills that we met 3 years ago in one of our local camps. Below you can read the interview he takes with us, where Alexi shares some experiences during his development, the impact that NF Academy takes on his journey, and some inputs to the younger ones who want to reach this level.

As Alexi did, we invite all Swedish youth players to join our events: experience our high-quality training sessions, learn with top coaches, challenge themself, know other regional players, and show their potential. Click the button below to see all the events in your region.

Alexi signing his first professional contract with Malmö FF
Alexi signing his first professional contract with Malmö FF

Do you always believe that this day will come? Or is it a big surprise to you?
– Was always my big dream, but I know that the journey was not so easy. Of course, I believed in myself that the day would come, but it required arduous training before I got there. When Malmö FF offered me the youth contract, I was shocked and happy. Sassuolo was also on the agenda, but I chose Malmö FF because for me keep studying is fundamental and I want to continue high school.

During your journey, what do you think were the keys to reach this step?
– Every football player has a dream. To reach yours, you have to go through good and bad periods. You have to get to know yourself. One of the goals of all players is to be in a football club where they believe in you as a player.

– NF Elite was unique because the coaches gave me a chance and encouraged me every training and match. They always want the best with all the players. They always try to develop both sides: the person as a player and as an individual outside the camp.

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How strong was the impact from NF Academy on your Journey?

NF Academy is an essential part of my life because it made me develop as a football player. NF is not just a club for me; they become more like a family.

– NF Academy had always believed in me and has always been there for me when I needed them the most. They supported me in always believing in my skills as a player and being humble as a person.

Alexi Hughes in one of his training sessions as Malmö FF player.
Alexi Hughes in one of his training sessions as Malmö FF player.

Looking to your journey until here, which message/advice do you want to share with other youth Scandinavian players?
– To follow your dream and NEVER give up. You have to fall to get up and get better at the ones you love to do. Train hard every workout and do the little extra after each workout to reach your goal. You have to live a sporting life to be able to strive where you want.

– Other advice, if you have the opportunity, join an NF Academy training camp. For sure it will be a boost for the development of any youth as a player and as a person.

If you want to follow Alexi’s advice, join this summer an NF Event in your region. You can find all the scheduled events here.

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Final question: Your biggest football dream?
– A have a few:
.To become one of the best football players in the world. Prove to yourself and those who did not believe in you once upon a time that nothing is impossible.
.Be able to play in the national team for Chile or Sweden.
.To play in my favorite club Real Madrid in the future and has number 7, which was my grandfather’s favorite number.

NF Academy wants to congratulate Alexi Hughes for this first big achievement!



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