03 Jul Hockaday looking forward to new season
With the return of the Football Academy to pre-season training this week, Head of Academy David Hockaday is already looking forward to the new season.
His arrival at SGS College late last year, came with a huge upturn in the performances and results on the pitch and SGS won 17 of 19 games in the South West Counties League and averaged two points a game in the Elite Category One Colleges League.
David is looking forward to the new season and is expecting the team to improve on last year’s performances and results.
‘The objective is to improve on last season. With the South West Counties League, we finished second last year and I believe our points tally last season was never done before.
“I still have decisions to make whether I use this competition for my first years to gain experience or do I try and win it. Whichever avenue I choose, we will be fiercely competitive in the South-West Counties and can improve on our performances and can we beat that point’s tally.
“With the Elite Cat One College’s League, we need to be in the top three or four. That is where we should be.
“We are a massive college. We have a large catchment area and incredible facilities. In my opinion we have to improve our belief system, because the best players have the best belief system in their own ability, that inner confidence whereby they go out and think: I deserve to be here. Ninety-nine percent of being a pro footballer is in the head. That’s what we have to work on.
“Also we need to be winning trophies. I want to be getting to semi-finals and finals and I want to produce England internationals. One positive from last season was that we had a lot of first years, so we should be a lot stronger and more competitive.
“Some of the players are more then capable of playing for England Colleges, so I am hoping for international honours and I am more than hopeful that we will be more competitive in the Elite Cat 1 College’s League.”