Former Blades hero Brian Deane was impressed with the quality of the FURD Positive Futures youth team squad at the Kick It Out ‘Dream Manager’ competition in Sheffield last night. ‘Deano’ was training youngsters from the FURD project, based in Sharrow. The group won the one-off session as part of Kick it Out’s One Game, One Community weeks of action.
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“I’d urge youngsters looking to get into the game, particularly those around the 18 year old mark, to keep focussed. The game operates on a vast scale compared to when I played and, as a consequence, scouts are everywhere,” said Deane, who now coaches the
“It’s not just about ability either. There are two sides to a player’s game, talent and application. Both are equally as important but one often doesn’t work without the other. You could have all the ability in the world but managers and coaches will look at the mental side of a player and think, ‘can I rely on him’? based on how he responds to certain situations.
“One of the things I regret most about my career was taking it for granted when it was in full flow. But, ironically, I grafted to get there in the first place. I remember vividly being a 10 year old in
“There was some real talent on show tonight and I hope it can be unearthed.”
FURD full-time V volunteer and team captain Sandro Vashakidze was inspired by the session. "Brian encouraged us to apply ourselves as if we were professional players, showing self-discipline and learning good habits that will help us in other aspects of our lives outside of football. Most of all Brian has helped me to keep believing that I can achieve my ambitions".
For further information on the One Game, One Community weeks of action visit www.kickitout.org