Sport, and the provision of sport has become a hugely relevant area of decision making for prospective and current parents within the Independent sector. Using our knowledge of developing sporting programmes, coupled with our vast contact base in sport, PRC Elite consults to schools in order to help ensure quality and forward thinking within the constraints and budgets that each institution has. From developing a detailed, bespoke, current analysis of the programme, to simply being a support for the Directors of Sport, PRC Elite is proud to be able to help some of the leading Independent Schools in the country.
In the competitive market of independent schools, parents will often look to sports performance as a deciding factor. PRC Elite works with schools such as yours to enhance and develop sports and educational programmes.
Our founder, Nick Tester, was a county coach in cricket, a national coach in football and built an outstanding reputation as the leader of Ardingly College's nationally reputed football programme. He can create a measurable increase in performance, and a clear improvement to student's experiences and their enjoyment of school life using his unique skill set. Our array of contacts include some of the best coaches in the UK for football, hockey, netball, cricket, lacrosse, rugby and athletics, as well as in strength, conditioning and rehabilitation training. PRC Elite can help your school to recruit a team that's capable of getting the best out of your students.
Nick's understanding of developing bespoke programmes for beginners, right up to elite level athletes makes him a valuable asset for any school wanting to get this incredibly important area of school life right.
PRC Elite, through it's vast contact base, can help to recruit the best professionals in their field for sports jobs ranging from Graduate Teacher Placements, specialist coaching positions, sports medicine positions and management positions. PRC Elite undertakes the due process for the institution, and can create a shortlist of applicants for each position.
We provide coaching support for schools in Soccer and Cricket, and can work with players of any age and any ability level. Our coaching contacts are highly experienced, ranging from county level to national level.
PRC Elite is understands the links between elite provision of sport, music, theatre and art, and can run INSET or development programmes for schools in enabling each department to combine their strengths, making the co-curricular area of life truly vibrant and detailed. Contact us for more details of this programme.
I’ve had the pleasure to work with Nick in the cricket world for the last fifteen years, and have not seen many better youth coaches and practitioners than him. His knowledge of developing excellence and how to structure sessions allows youngsters to develop and reach the best possible standard that they can. His infectious care and passion for young people is great to behold, and any school would be sensible to use his knowledge to help their own programmes. I certainly look forward to working with PRC Elite in the future, both in cricket terms and also in their conferences.
James Foster - Essex CCC and England cricketer
Nick has not only turned around our results on the pitch, but he has made a significant impact on our girls’ and boys’ attitude towards sport. His enthusiasm is infectious. For our elite sports boys and girls he has been able to coach them to a level where they are competitive in both the county and national arena. If you are looking to develop your sports’ programme, I would highly recommend him.
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Over the past 7 Years at Ardingly, Nick has constantly improved the level of football at Ardingly College and driven it to an elite level. Having been part of his vision and academy for two years and following his progress as an old alumni, allowed me to witness the huge transformation Nick has brought about. By providing the highest level of coaching, recruiting players from around the country and world and through his wide network, Nick has managed to build an entire infrastructure around the college that created one of the most successful school teams in the country.
"Nick and his influence on the school played a major role in me securing a professional contract from Leeds United, as well as achieving very good academic grades."
Monty Gimpel | Former Pupil
He would take his personal time and devote it to additional training sessions with me, as well as travelling with me when going on trial at other clubs such as Chelsea or Liverpool. However, Nick also knew how to balance my sport with academic work, knowing when to prioritise what activity, something that proved to be vital, as I will be graduating from King’s College London this summer with a BSc in Business and Management. It is partly his personal commitment and dedication that allowed me to play two years of professional football and still being able to graduate from on of the world’s top universities three years after leaving the sport with first class honours.
What stands out about Nick to me in particular is his drive and energy towards achieving his goals. He is excellent at his job and has the best interest of his students at heart, allowing them to excel in every aspect; whether this may be their academics, sports or their personal life. Nick is very charismatic, always encouraging improvement and a caring individual. His vast knowledge and skillset, especially about sports and music, allowed me to receive a broader picture of a coach than I am typically used to from my football experiences. This makes him much more open-minded than your ‘typical’ football coach / manager and allows him to draw from a large base of knowledge when finding solutions to problems, being able to transfer concepts between different sports but applying them in similar contexts.
Nick's advanced knowledge of the independent sector, and how the recruitment of individuals affects each School and College, is unique and essential for schools to get ahead in the development of their sporting, musical and theatrical standing.
At Ardingly College, Nick was a pivotal figure in his role as 'Talented Student Recruiter' and worked hard at building contacts with feeder schools in line with the vision of the College. As a musician and sportsman, Nick's knowledge of which pupils would fit into which educational environment meant that he was able to build up the country's most successful school sporting programme in Football. Coupled with this, the programme also increased academic results by creating the right environment for these talented pupils to succeed.
Miss Georgina Dore | Head of Sixth Form, Ardingly College
"Nick's work in recruiting talented, academically strong, and, most importantly, well rounded and humble pupils to Ardingly was invaluable to our development as a college. The pupils went on to become national champions, but we also saw their grades rise, and, in Nick's last year, five of the College's 1st XI were named school prefects. He has an important skill in assessing who fits best into the culture of the College, and has been a driving force in our overall development over the recent years."
"Nick's work was invaluable to our development as a college."
Georgina Dore | Head of Sixth Form
|2009-2010||Plate winners: National Six a Side competition|
|2010-2011||Recruitment strategy started from young age groups, programme put in place for sports players.|
|2011-2012||Redevelopment of school sporting structures.|
|2012-2013||Winners of U15 and U16 County Cups
Finalists: National Six a Side competition
Ardingly Football Academy programme conceived and started (U14/U15 players)
|2013-2014||Winners of U15 Rensburg Shepherd ISFA Cup (National Champions)
Winners of U16 Sussex County Cup
|2014-2015||Winners of U18 Boodles ISFA Cup (National Champions)
Winners of U18 Elgin Southern League (Southern Champions)
|2015-2016||Winners of U18 Boodles ISFA Cup (National Champions)
Winners of U18 Elgin Southern League (Southern Champions)
Nick's recruitment and development of a sporting programme also brought about a period from 2013-2016, where Ardingly College were the most represented school in the country for Independent School national players. In this time, four pupils completed their full education (A levels and IB) whilst being offered professional contracts to Football Clubs.
Gani Nuredini, one of the captains of football at Ardingly at the start of this process, was offered two professional contracts, whilst being offered scholarships in the USA, after gaining two A*s and one A in his A levels. He was also the English Schools Football Captain and Independent Schools Football Captain. He is now studying to be a doctor.
"At 16 years old I was faced with 2 options. Continue to play a high level of football or quit and focus on my A levels. Like most boys at my age, I had no idea what I was going to do. This is when I met Nick, who showed me a third way. He had a vision that high level of sport and high level of academic performance can work hand in hand, without either being compromised. Helping me into and through independent education was crucial to where I am today, and his coaching was as passionate as any coach I have ever worked with in professional or non league football.
However, the most important things I learnt from Mr.Tester weren’t taught in the classroom, nor were the taught on the football pitch. They came from just talking to him about this life and how he got to where he is today. After 2 years of his guidance, I knew more about how to handle success and failure. I knew more about what sacrifice meant. I found that talent alone would only get you half way to where to want to be, and that hard work takes you the rest of the way. That is why; 3 years after graduating we still keep in touch and will no doubt continue to into the future."
Gani Nuredini | Ardingly College Alumni
Nick's knowledge of recruitment also brought about success in the other sports, with several County and regional cups being won in Hockey (Girls and boys), Cricket and Basketball. As well as this, Nick's knowledge of music brought high quality choristers and orchestral players to the College.
PRC Elite have become a consultant to the University of Nottingham for their well renowned football programme, and our founder and Managing Director, Nick Tester, joins an international level of coaching expertise as the Football programme's director. PRC Elite are proud to be working with with one of the best universities in the world, and can work to introduce talented sports people into the degree and masters programmes. The aim is to be the best university sports (including Football) programme in the country.
"As President of the University of Nottingham Men's Football Club for the 2017/18 season I am absolutely delighted to work alongside Nick Tester in his new role as Director of Football. We were recommended Nick by one of his former students, and our former 1s Captain Josh Banfield with the promise Nick would bring a new structured programme, an enthusiastic ambition and a high quality, technical coaching ability that'll see our university progress within football and sport in general. I, along with everyone else at the University welcome Nick to our club, and we look forward to a prosperous year."
Alex Moss | President of UoN Football Club