Robbie Green pleased with bright start to season
FootballCV Academy’s season got off to a flying start last week with a 7-0 win in their opening National League Youth Alliance fixture against Maltby Main.
They followed that up with a 3-2 victory over Peterborough Regional College in a friendly on Friday afternoon.
It’s the dream start for new Academy manager Grant Brown, and William ‘Robbie’ Green – a second-year scholar – was full of praise for Brown’s early influence on the squad.
“Grant’s training has been really good, we’re training at a much higher tempo. He pushes us to be at our best, it keeps everyone 'in the zone' and helps to create a really professional environment.
“When he’s pushing you every day it motivates you to become better, he really wants us to improve and progress – it’s a great benefit to the boys. These attitudes to training help to bring out the best in us.”
Of course, a new season at the Academy brings with it new students. Walking into fresh surroundings can take some getting used to, but Green feels the recent arrivals have settled into life at Borderville really well.
There's already a positive spirit instilled in the camp, and the close bond formed between the group off the pitch is clearly showing on it.
“Although a lot of the squad has only been together for a week, there’s already a level of understanding between Grant and between the players. We’ve clicked, and bonded very quickly.
“The mood in and around the Academy is very good. Everything has been working out in games that we’ve been doing in training, and that's been reflected in our first couple of results.”
The new manager pledged to bring discipline, enthusiasm and football knowledge to the Academy when he was appointed in the close-season, and that discipline and hard work is something Brown has demanded from his players.
Green is willing to put the hours in, and is thriving under the new management. The right-sided midfielder knows that all the effort will be beneficial in the long term, with development and improvement the aim on both a personal and team level.
“The hard work is good for you. I enjoy the football, and I enjoy the challenge. It's only going to make me a better player at the end, and that’s what I’m here to do.
“On a personal level, I just want to improve my football. I want to get a club and play at a higher level, but it’d be nice to pick up an award at the end of the season, too.”
“As a team, we’re looking strong. If we can continue to improve every week then we’re always going to be a danger to our opposition. Everyone here wants to win, every match we play and every league we're in – and Grant’s experience and knowledge will help us, as a team and individuals, to progress through football.”