Craig Levein believes the club’s partnership with BOX Soccer Training will help more young players make the transition into the first-team.
The Jambos can boast of several top team Academy successes in recent years but the Director Football thinks even more young players will run out at Tynecastle in the near future, thanks to the new training programme.
Heart of Midlothian announced its new partnership with BOX Soccer Training today, thanks to a sponsorship deal with ARC (Scotland) Ltd which sees the property maintenance service provider donate set-up costs in order to get the project started.
Speaking at the launch, Craig said: “We spent six months, Robbie, Stevie, Jack, Roger - Robbo was involved - and myself writing a programme for the 11-a-side for the Academy from the ages of 13 up to 17. That’s complete and has been implemented in stages.
“The next challenge was to look at the younger age groups and how we were going to address that. We already had a good programme in place but, with my experience of working with BOX Soccer, and more importantly the results that it gives, for me it was an absolute no brainer.
“I’m really pleased that we’ve got an opportunity here to help develop the players even further.
“I was asked earlier about bringing quality player through…I think we’ve already got quality players coming through. You look at Jamie Walker, Sam Nicholson, Billy King, Jordan McGhee, Callum Paterson, Kevin McHattie…and there’s probably some I’ve forgotten, which is a bit remiss of me…we’ve already got good players.
“This is about getting even more good players. I feel that the programme we’ve already put in place for the older age groups, aligned with this programme, will help us to do that.
“I’m hugely excited. We’re doing everything we can to try and help these kids become first-team players at Hearts.”