Carol Holland brings up FCV landmark
After spending half a decade at FCV International Football Academy, qualified sports therapist Carol Holland is still loving life in Stamford.
Holland, who can also teach at further education level, has enjoyed a career entirely within football, working for multiple non-league clubs before taking up her current post at the Borderville Sports Centre.
Vastly knowledgeable in her trade, Holland knows a good group of players when she sees one, and she is full of praise for FCV’s current crop — who are more enthusiastic than ever.
“The lads have been great,” Holland eulogised. “They’re really buying into what I want to do with them in terms of injury prevention and recovery.
“They’re really proactive when I give them exercises to do. They’ll take the exercises away and they’ll do it all in their spare time, so I can’t ask for any more of them.”
Alongside her role at the academy, Holland works as the Head of Medical at Stamford AFC, while also finding the time to perform physiotherapist duties at tournaments featuring legendary footballers.
However, her primary focus remains on helping FCV’s young footballers to fulfil their potential.
“I do all their pre-match work with them, and I try to get them fit and ready for the games,” Holland explained. “That includes post-match recovery too.
“The players are put through a series of tests when they first join us, so I can pinpoint any areas of their body that’s mechanically not working properly.
“We can then do additional exercises to help build them up, which strengthens their game and helps prevent them from gaining injuries.”
The professional examples set by coaches Grant Brown and Ian Sampson has rubbed off on the students, who have learned to value Holland’s essential role within the team.
“The boys come in and ask me questions about what they can do to help improve their fitness, and they take it all on board,” she continued.
“It’s because they are all eager to play at a high level, and to do that they need to be fully fit and out there on the pitch.”