(Article written by Lorenzo Saidi – FBB work experience volunteer)
“Set amidst the green countryside of the West Country, it felt like a million miles away from the streets of South London; it was great for our young participants to be able to let off steam within a structured environment.”
Those were the words of FBB’s very own Head of delivery – Jasper Kain. On Monday the 20th of June 15 FBB youth participants were invited to Back 2 Action, to understand what it really means to be a professional footballer…
Who aided us with this spectacular opportunity?
Back 2 Action is a “performance based company”, set up by Rayan Wilson, a highly qualified coach who has provided elite-level performance training for the likes of Rolando Aarons and Yannick Bolasie. Rayan kindly invited FBB to B2A’s pre-season training camp for the 2nd year in a row, and the FBB crew took great pleasure travelling from London to Bristol with a staff team consisting of Head of Coaching Jack Badu, Head of Filmmaking Bruk Abdu as well as Jasper Kain.
What did we do?
The youth participants managed to get a real insight into the hard work and integrity of B2A’s coaches and players, as they started the “second phase” of their pre-season training regime, fully fit to return to their clubs in the coming weeks. Furthermore, FBB TV’s up-and-coming presenter Matthew Young got the chance to interview Newcastle United and England U21’s talented winger – Rolando Aarons. You can see the full video here (make sure to subscribe to FBB TV too!):
What did we learn?
“What advice wold you give for a young player like me to be the best they want to be?” – Matthew Young
“Don’t give up, if you want to be the best you need to practice, practice makes perfect” – Rayan Wilson
B2A’s main principles of belief, courage, determination, drive and persistence certainly seemed to have rubbed off on the youth participants, as Matthew Young explained: “The feeling of the intensity in professional training was amazing and the motivation we got was out of this world. Now I know how it feels to be a professional footballer!”
One of the main aspects of the beautiful game is to be confident – players don’t want to be on the pitch bellowing orders AND lacking composure – it doesn’t make sense! To be a pro, grit is necessary, and Rolando Aarons seems to have emulated this lifestyle, as he “[wants] to take [his] career as far as [he] can, and if anything can push it [he’ll] do it”.
The day helped the young FBB participants to reflect and think about what one can do differently to achieve your dreams. As Jasper says “Rayan and his coaches were very professional and provided a real insight into what it takes to become a footballer. Our participants left feeling inspired and dreaming of becoming a B2A athlete one day!”