Heart of Midlothian Football Club and BOX Soccer held a special presentation evening for around 200 kids and families last week. Part of the presentation showcased John Souttar’s journey from BOX Soccer training to first-team prominence.
Heriot Watt University’s lecture theatre was full to hear the Scotland U21 defender talk about the merits of the innovative programme and how it helped his career, which has seen him emerge as one of the country’s finest young defenders.
John was part of a panel, along with his father Jack, Academy Manager Roger Arnott and BOX Soccer Head Coach Darren Murray, who participated in a Q&A session which afforded kids and parents the chance to find out more about the innovative training programme which features heavily at the Hearts Academy.
BOX Soccer has helped to deliver the likes of John, his brother Harry, Ryan Gauld and Craig Wighton into the first-team picture at clubs across Scotland since its inception by current Newcastle United first-team coach Ian Cathro.
Director of Football Craig Levein and BOX Soccer Chief Executive John Colquhoun were also on hand to give their thoughts on the training programme and how it has benefitted the club, the kids and the Hearts coaches.
Speaking at the event, John Souttar said: “I don’t think you realise back then that the things you are practicing during a BOX session are going to help you in the future.
“There are things that I do in the first-team now come second nature, and I can trace it all back to the sessions I did with BOX Soccer all those years ago.”
At the end of the evening, all the families who attended were issued with a pair of Heart of Midlothian branded Virtual Reality viewers in order to watch a special VR film which has been filmed by Momentum VR.
To see one part of the profile films from the evening which also features John Souttar, Lionel Messi and Gareth Bale you can click here