NYFA footballers enjoy additional coaching at FCV Academy
The Festival of Football is currently taking place in Sweden, and in preparation for the event, three participants attended FCV International Football Academy’s summer camp.
Oliver Bergqvist, Sami Jalali and Ayu Said Omar are three of the 36 aspiring footballers from the Borås area to have been selected by the National Youth Football Association to play against academies from the likes of Liverpool and Queens Park Rangers.
The festival runs from 15th to 17th August, with NYFA’s side facing Liverpool’s youngsters on the last day of the festival; an exciting opportunity to take on one of Europe’s best youth sides.
The Swedish trio jumped at the opportunity to attend FCV Academy’s summer camp and receive additional coaching prior to the festival, especially after impressing during Ian Sampson’s visit in June– a week-long football camp with NYFA in Borås.
During their fortnight at the Borderville Sports Centre, the players have been exposed to top-level training from FCV Academy’s UEFA A License coaches, as well as strength and conditioning sessions to enhance their performance over the four days.
Away from the field, the summer camp students received English Language lessons and inspirational talks from football professionals, not forgetting their bonding activities and free time.
“I’ve enjoyed the camp a lot,” said Bergqvist. “My highlight was playing matches with the other players on the summer camp.”
Omar added: “The training was harder than I have been used to before and the coaches wanted to push us to our best.”
The boys stayed in FCV Academy’s fully equipped Garden House, which helped them find their feet after travelling over 600 miles to Stamford.
“It was easy to get settled in and everyone made me feel welcome,” said midfielder Jalali.
“I hoped to improve all parts of my game while at FCV Academy, and I would definitely like to attend another camp here in the future.”