FootballCV Academy return from 'incredible' Belgium experience
A group of FootballCV students have returned home from a highly successful two-week training programme in Belgium.
The group flew out to their training base at Belgian Second Division side Lommel United on the first weekend of April, and enjoyed a fantastic first week which included a mightily impressive 3-0 win over KESK Leopoldsburg.
The second week included another match, against First Division outfit KV Mechelen.
The squad adapted really well to a new style of play introduced by KVC Westerlo coach Steve Herbots, and they led twice before sharing the spoils in a 2-2 draw – Filip Johansson and Sean Coughlan with the goals.
It wasn't just on the pitch where FCV were learning, though. Westerlo's Strength and Nutritional Coach came in to give the players advice on diet and lifestyle habits, bringing in the club's analysis system in on the final day.
Strapped up to electronic pads and a helmet, FCV captain Sheldon Lindesay stepped up to test the equipment which gave an astounding insight into the wellbeing of the player.
Food and drink consumption, vitamin levels and injury recovery speed were all covered and, of course, Lindesay gave all the positive signs that he's in prime condition!
Ann Dyte, Football CV's residential manager, reflected on the second week, saying: “Everyone was a little apprehensive as to how the Mechelen game would go.
“They had under-19s, under-21s and a couple of trialists in their team, and we'd been taught a new way of playing, a very attacking way, but the guys picked it up really well and were really up for it.
“We were all so pleased for Filip to score, he's had terrible luck with an ankle injury all year so for him to come back, get through two weeks of training and then score was just fantastic – for him and for everybody.
“Everyone had a really great time, and we're hoping to do this again next year, in another country perhaps. It was a great insight into what being at a top level professional club would be like.”