Watts to take in three locations on Australia visit
It’s just a matter of weeks until FCV Academy’s Head of Talent Development, Ben Watts, touches down in Australia, as he looks to reach out to more gifted young footballers.
Arriving in the country on 4th April, Watts’ time will be divided up between Sydney, Melbourne and Perth respectively, across a 19-day period, which will conclude on 23rd April.
Watts will again visit Bossley Park school in Sydney, and makes a return to Kemps Creek. Last time Down Under, Watts put on a three-day camp at Kemps Creek, but this time there will only be one session, taking place on Friday 6th April. It will however be free to attend.
The free session offers a chance to impress for players from Sydney and the surrounding areas. A standout individual will be awarded with a free two-week stint at FCV's English home.
The Head of Talent Development has full confidence that any visiting player will have the ability to both be comfortable, and strive in Stamford.
"Australian students have always settled in really well at FCV," he stated.
"The staff never have a bad word to say about them. Players that have come in have always seen improvements in their game, and some have gone on to trial elsewhere too.
"We were at Kemps Creek for three days last year, and all of those players have been invited to return. The free session is a great opportunity for players to come and showcase their skills."
It's then onto Melbourne, where he'll lead training at an National Premier League side, Pascoe Vale, followed by a second location, Moreland FC. On both occassions, an age group of Under 16s, through to seniors will be coached.
The latter of those three locations sees FCV’s partnership with 2 Halfs Football Development (2HFD) furthered, with the two linking up from 16th to 22nd April, before Watts returns to British shores the following day.
Both organisations between them, will deliver a training programme, that, at its end, will culminate in two standout players being offered a two-week stay at FCV International Football Academy’s Stamford base.
Besides this, through 2HFD’s Elite Academy Programme, those chosen will receive six months of free training and player monitoring.
Across the visit and cities, various sessions are pencilled in to be delivered, with attendance at a varying number of NPL fixtures a feature of the trip too.
As well as the two places up for grabs in Perth, a further pair are on the table over the course of FCV’s stay, for individuals who turn in impressive displays throughout the training which is laid on by Watts.