Worksop Town Academy director Laurie Griffin backs Steve Hernandez to deliver
Worksop Town Academy director Laurie Griffin believes Steve Hernandez will bring plenty of positives to the students on the academy’s NCFE Level 3 Diploma & Extended Diploma Sports course.
Last week the club announced that former goalkeeper Hernandez has returned to the club as a Head of Further Education Coaching.
Griffin believes that Hernandez will instill what it means to represent the world’s fourth oldest football club into the young people, as well as having the necessary assets to help develop the students.
“I’m really pleased to welcome someone who’s got Worksop Town in their DNA. When I initially offered the opportunity to Steve, his response was that he just has an incredible feeling every time he goes near Sandy Lane,” said Griffin.
“He is also an incredible person to be around, he has a really good energy about him, and that is certainly something that will add to the atmosphere and environment that we will create for these young people.
“With having played academy football himself, being through one of these programmes and representing Worksop Town at a first-team level as well, he is very aware of the levels required in terms of performance, development and mindset, and he has the knowledge and experience to be able to support the players in performing well.”
Griffin also expressed the overwhelming response to the academy and how Hernandez and the course can help the students to develop on a clear pathway towards the first team.
“This further education programme is the bridge that helps young people to take the next steps, increase the intensity of their training, and put their focus towards representing the club at first-team level,” he continued.
“We are pleased that someone like Steve, who’s experienced first-team football for the club, will be able to embed those values and mindset into the young people because a 16-year-old, bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, stepping in to play step four football for Worksop Town could be a big step up.
“These two years can be an intense opportunity for these players to understand the standards and expectations that this club has, and that is the highest expectations.”