FCV have been busy making inroads across the globe over the past few months, and there’s no signs of stopping just yet. Next destination? Bulgaria.
Head of Recruitment Ben Watts will touch down in the nation's capital, Sofia, later this month, with the aim of replicating the success of the Academy’s current resident Bulgarian, Martin Petkov.
Watts will be in Bulgaria for two days in an attempt to recruit players on to FCV’s vast array of courses ahead of the 2017/2018 season.
“Bulgaria is new ground for FCV so it’s an exciting time,” explained Watts.
“I’ll have meetings with two or three of their top clubs as well as academy managers, coaches, past players, and parents. We want to be established out there and if it’s a success we’ll hopefully return.
“Martin Petkov is a good example of someone who can come in and settle. He started with a week on a short course and we were always confident he’d want to stay longer. It’s paid off for him too, he’s come on leaps and bounds whilst he’s been here.”
Bulgaria isn’t the only trip on the cards, though. FCV have just returned from the launch of their first Academy in India, and have at least two more visits abroad penciled in the diary.
Watts visited Australia towards the back end of 2016 and has plans of a return Down Under, but will be branching further afield than Sydney, the location of his last trip.
“Australia is turning into a footballing hotbed,” said Watts, when asked about the popularity of the game on the other side of the world.
“We’re really looking forward to new opportunities out there, not just in Sydney like before. Then, a visit to Macedonia has also been spoken about.
“Myself and Ian Sampson will also be heading out to India at some point, it’s a really exciting time. We may be approaching the off-season but the hard work won’t be stopping at FCV.”