Nick Gates

is the Founder and Global Strategist for Coaches Across Continents.  After 18 successful years as a businessman, sports entrepreneur, and Executive for Middlesbrough Football Club, Nick launched Coaches Across Continents as a nonprofit organization in 2008.

Nick Gates with Tyson, a young streetkid in Kisumu, Kenya

Nick Gates with Tyson, a young streetkid in Kisumu, Kenya

Gates had played soccer for England as a Youth International and for four years for Harvard University. After graduating, Gates founded PLAY SOCCER, a soccer coaching company in New England.  By 2005, Play Soccer had worked with more than 1,000,000 children and 9,000 local coaches, using a “Soccer as Education” curriculum.

Nick is also an avid traveler, having visited over 80 countries in the past decade.  These roots of a Soccer as Education curriculum, the power of football, and his love of traveling led to the idea that culminated in the creating of Coaches Across Continents. Nick remains the driving force behind Coaches Across Continents, growing the organization from one community in 2008 to serving over 50 communities in approximately 20 countries in 2013.  He has spoken on Sport for Social Impact in global forums in Qatar, Monaco, the USA, and the UK while Coaches Across Continents has won global awards each of the last four years.

While not traveling or working on and off field for CAC, Nick enjoys golf and scuba diving.

He can be reached at

Five Football Facts about Nick:

1. Favorite Team – Middlesbrough….my dad Bill played for Boro for 13 years Boomshakalaka

2. Favorite Player – Best male player I’ve ever seen would be Maradona, no Messi, no Ronaldo, no Henry….or Juninho at Middlesbrough?  Best female player….Marta, closely followed by Hamm and Akers!

3. Favorite Coach – Jose Mourinho

4. Favorite Football Movie – Escape to Victory

5. Who will win the WC in 2014 (men) and 2015 (women)? – England…..and England!

Why I enjoy working with CAC? –  “The local people and players who we work with around the world who continue to inspire me.  Their passion for football for social impact makes our work fun every day!”

3 Comments on “Nick Gates”

  1. octaviano mweji August 4, 2013 at 11:13 am #

    Good nick

  2. djbudajamz May 26, 2014 at 9:53 am #

    It was nice meeting you today Nick and am sure you are doing a great job around the world… All the best.

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