This boy is determined. This boy is passionate! This boy is wanting it… Through the month of April, in lockdown, he has kept on going with his practice! A practice plan from his #JPL team, Berks Elite FC, a practice plan from his personal coach Grif at Elite Coaching Academy, and challenges to measure performance from Soccer Profile… Those combined with practice in the garden on technical details, conditioning training and strength training…

That is over 33 hours of organised practice (not counting the time he has been out there with his tennis racket, the basketball, the football or the skateboard). During those hours he has covered almost 112km on the pitch. He has had 7783 touches of the ball… All stats by Xampion.

The principle is competing against yourself. It’s about self-improvement, about being better than you were the day before

Steve Young (49ers quarter back, NFL)

The footballer has also discovered that he can compete, even though he is only him on the pitch. The competition is now more fierce than ever. He is competing against himself! Can he do it better… Can he do it faster…

Me? I have coached, I have biked next to him when he has done his cross country running, I have been a defender, an attacker, a goalie… I have been the wall he needs to get the free kick around and I have been the pitchman getting the grass cut… and I have loved every single second of it! This is what I hope he (and I) will remember first when we talk about the lockdown of 2020…