Football focus – Sven Hart doing what he loves at FCV
On the pitch, it's training or playing matches. Off the pitch, it's relaxing, eating, studying. Whatever activity is taking place during the day, the FCV Academy students are in it together.
But what about our day students who don't spend 24 hours a day, seven days a week at Borderville and the Garden House, home to the current crop of aspiring young footballers?
Sven Hart fits that category, making the short journey to and from Stamford on a daily basis. But he insists that his day-to-day commute from nearby Oakham has no adverse affect on life at the Academy.
“I'm just in for the days. I travel 20 minutes maximum to get here so it's really convenient,” said the 18-year-old. “Even though I'm not at the Garden House, I still feel like I'm part of the team.
“Just because I'm a day student, nothing changes. The daily routine is all the same, and the atmosphere in the camp is brilliant and great to be a part of.
“It's really jokey although we remain focused. The team are playing well so spirits are high at the moment.”
It has been a strong start to the season for FCV in both the National League Under-19 Alliance and the English Colleges League, losing just once in each so far in 2016/17.
Hart has been a regular fixture in the first of those competitions, impressing in the attack, and puts it down to the expert coaching team in place at the Academy.
It's not just the coaching that's impressed the teenager either. Hart had plenty of footballing experience before his FCV arrival but, in his eyes, nothing compares to the set-up at the state-of-the-art Borderville complex.
“I'm happy with how I've started the season, I've had a few good games but I've got aspects to improve on of course. I either play out wide or as a striker and I've managed to get among the goals, I got a couple in the first game of the season and have been involved in a couple more since.
“I've learned so much footballing-wise. I just feel more comfortable playing with the ball, and I'm always getting great advice from Grant [Brown, head coach] and Ben [Watts, assistant head coach] – the coaching team in place is fantastic.
“When I was younger, I'd been in and out of a few academies and playing for under-18s. The standard is definitely a step up and the facilities here, with the gym across the road too, are amazing.
“As a team, we're definitely capable of pushing forward and having a great season and winning the leagues we're in.
“Personally, it's just football for me now, If it doesn't work out then I'll go to university, but I'm doing what I love and I'll see where that takes me.”