Wednesday 22nd November 2017
FCV Academy’s group were recently treated to a guest appearance from former Scotland international Steven Pressley, who delivered a talk, before putting on a training session at the Borderville Sports Centre.
Pressley, who amassed 468 professional club appearances, as well as 32 caps for his country, stated the pleasure he received from spending time with the FCV players and revealed his intention to return at some point along the line.
“I had a very good experience,” Pressley declared. “There are a lot of very good young players and there’s a great integration of different cultures, and there is a sense of camaraderie between them.
“I spoke to them about my own experiences of growing up in the game and I was fortunate enough to be surrounded by some great professionals who had a great influence on my outlook.
“I tried to pass on some of that knowledge. I thoroughly enjoyed the day, and hope to be back in the near future.”
He praised the attitude and endeavour shown by all those involved out on the training pitch, in what he hopes was a fruitful experience for everyone.
Pressley highlighted: “My aim was to get across the principles of defending in a lower block, and then counter-attacking from there.
“The one thing you look for as a coach is application, and their attitude to what I was trying to get across was very good.
“Every manager has different ideas of how to defend — I just introduced my own and the players responded really well to them.
“I hope it gave them a degree of education and understanding, because you want players to learn something from every session.”
Assessing the environment in which the squad trains in on a daily basis, Pressley couldn’t speak highly enough of the setup in Stamford.
“There are great facilities here, the players are very fortunate,” he insisted. There’s not only the grass pitch, but the artificial one also.
“That’s vital, particularly with the winters in England, that you have the ability to train every single day, and the artificial surface certainly gives them that opportunity to do so.”
He conceded that his visit was only a taster for the players and highlighted the great work carried out year-round by Grant Brown and the rest of his coaching staff.
“There are very good coaches here who can pass on their great experience to the young players and, not only are they being educated in football, but in life too,” he stated.
“Because the reality of the whole situation is, if you can get one or two into senior football then you’ve done a wonderful job.”
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