Nigerian partners return to FCV Academy
“We came to be mentored by the FCV Academy coaches and I have learnt so much from Grant Brown.”
FCV International Football Academy’s Nigerian partners, Dynaspro Promotion, were left delighted following their visit to Stamford this summer.
Whilst spending two weeks at this year’s summer camp, four coaches and seven young footballers from Dynaspro learnt all they could from the UEFA A License coaches at FCV Academy.
The visit follows yet another successful series of Gladiator Soccer Camps, held in Lagos and Abuja in April, which provide Nigerian teenagers development in all elements of their football.
“We have had a relationship with FCV International Football Academy for the past seven years,” said Oluseyi Oyebode, head coach at Dynaspro.
“It has been fantastic; we created the concept of the FCV Gladiator Football Camps in Nigeria, and we have had over 100 young players attend.”
One of Oyebode’s assistant coaches, Koleola Benson Akinboni, added: “We came to be mentored by the FCV Academy coaches and I have learnt so much from Grant Brown.
“I will take all this information back and use it to positively influence the children in my academy in Nigeria.”
The established relationship between Stamford and Nigeria was enhanced further by Peter Odemwingie’s visit to FCV Academy in August – a former Premier League footballer and Super Eagles international.
FCV Academy and Dynaspro are working together to help develop the next generation of Nigerian footballers who could follow Odemwingie’s footsteps.
“My friend’s dad heard about the Gladiator Soccer Camp, and after attending that, I decided to come to the FCV Academy for their UK camp,” explained young Nigerian footballer Yussuf Al-Ameen.
“The camp was great; I met many people from all around the world. The training sessions were intense and physically demanding but it was really good.”
As well as the high-quality coaching sessions at FCV Academy, its home in Stamford also left a lasting impression.
“All the staff are really nice, the facilities are great, and it’s a nice place to stay,” said Muslim Bello. “The camp has been great.”
Fellow footballer Babawale Bailey added, “The camp here was even better than I expected. It is a great way for young players to stay in school and still follow their football dreams.”