Nicholas Gates


Nicholas Gates

Founder and global strategist for Coaches Across Continents, Nicholas Gates also founded PLAY SOCCER and has a long background in sport and business.

Nick Gates is the founder and global strategist for Coaches Across Continents (CAC). After 18 successful years as a businessman, sports entrepreneur and executive for Middlesbrough Football Club, Nick launched Coaches Across Continents as a nonprofit organisation in 2008.

Gates had played soccer for England as a youth international and for four years at 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 traveller, having visited over 80 countries in the past decade. These roots of the soccer as education curriculum, the power of football and his love of traveling led to the idea that culminated in the creation of CAC. Nick remains the driving force behind Coaches Across Continents, growing the organisation from working in one community in 2008 to over 50 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 travelling or working on and off field for CAC, Nick enjoys golf and scuba diving.

He can be reached at

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