Martin is the proof in the pudding
“Well done. But try to use your body more so you fool your opponent,” Martin Samuelsen shouts out on the football field.
This year the West Ham pro and national team player mentors and instructs the young talents as a summer job.
Martin Samuelsen is not only this year’s mentor, but he is the example that players that attend the talent camp can become top players. He attended the camp both in 2011, 2012 and in 2013. And the first time around he was a scrawny 14 year old that had a hard time keeping up with the best ones at camp.
This time around Samuelsen is attending Statoil’s talent camp as an inspiratory an instructor, and his message to the young player is not to give up, even if they feel others players are far ahead.
“Some of you might not be very large when it comes to size, but then the challenge is to become even better technically. Most likely you will become larger and stronger in the years to come, “was the message from Samuelsen who is a mentor for Statoil’s Heroes of Tomorrow.
Practiced with the 14 year olds
Samuelsen already has 34 games for the Norwegian youth level national teams and 3 games at the senior level. Being back at camp was a great experience for the still rather young player.
13-year-old Oscar Bobb plays for the football team Lyn in Oslo. He was excited about the input he received from Samuelsen. Already nicknamed the little technician, Bobb, has already gotten a lot of attention for his great performance during Norway Cup. This has given him the opportunity to train and play for the top league team FC Porto in Portugal.
“I really admire Martin for how far he has come in his football career, and it was great to get some input from him. He taught me how to place myself in a way that would make it possible for me to pass the defence,“ the 13-year-old from Oslo says.
Statoil Heroes of Tomorrow collaborate with the Football Association of Norway to develop talents. This also includes support for the youth level national teams and a talent camp for girls that was arranged in Stavanger in June.