University of Nottingham Futsal National League player, Jonathan Alvarez Olieff took some time to discuss and share his thoughts on the 2017/2018 season so far.
Congratulations on your season so far with University of Nottingham Futsal, currently unbeaten and top of the FA National League. What do you put the teams impressive form down to so far this season?
“All at the club, couldn’t be happier with the way the season has gone so far. When you win it’s always enjoyable, even if you must work hard. I believe the game at the weekend showed the hunger and desire from the team, to ensure we returned from the away game against Kettering with nothing other than 3 points. Despite not our best performance, we ground out the result. I am sure our recent success has not gone unnoticed, it is evident we have done extremely well so far this season. We have a talented bunch of players, who are continuously improving and have really started to gel as a team, which can only mean our performances will continue to progress. We cannot become complacent however, we need to remain focused both in training and during the upcoming games, as the National League is a very difficult competition with many good teams who are capable of taking us to the wire. The team is currently focused on the next game against Sheffield Futsal Club on Sunday 4th February. If we continue to play the way we’ve been playing this season, I am confident we can go above and beyond our aims and objectives.”
You have featured in all University of Nottingham Futsal National League fixtures, what are you ambitions for the club and personally for the remainder of the season?
“Our ambition as a club is to gain promotion to the FA National Super League. For me, Futsal is not about how many skills you show, or how many players you beat. It is about making the right decisions every time you have the ball. I admire players that make great decisions such as Miguelin (ElPozo Murcia) and Carlos Ortiz (Inter Movistar). You see so many players with physical qualities that are quick and strong, but they don’t make the right decisions. I try to be professional and focus on improving day by day, I am still very young, I feel I have a lot to give to the sport. I would love to one day play for the national team and represent my country – the dream of every Futsal player.”
What are your thoughts on the new performance programme, pathway and changes this season?
“At the start of the season, when the offer came to remain at the club, I didn’t hesitate to place my loyalty in the University of Nottingham Futsal, I am very happy here, it’s like my second home. The support in place is outstanding. The club aims to provide opportunities to players, to better themselves not only as athletes, but also as individuals. Many different high-quality performance support services have been set up to aid our development, including for access to physiotherapists, strength and conditioning coaches, etc promoting optimal performances on the pitch. Not to mention, the outstanding facilities on offer at the club, with access to the new David Ross Sports Village and all it’s benefits, such as hydrotherapy sessions for example. It is important to recognise all the staff behind the scenes for their amazing support. I am extremely confident we will continue to grow as a club. Also, I would like to praise Marc (Forrest), our Head of Performance Futsal, he is an unbelievable coach, who is constantly pushing us, further, harder, to be better and better.”
The next FA National League fixture is at home against Sheffield on Sunday 4th February. Do you think the home support at University of Nottingham Futsal matches has made a difference this season?
“We are extremely grateful for the support we have been shown this season at home, it makes a huge difference. The support of the students and local community is fantastic. Also, it is a real pleasure to see our Academy players supporting along with other local youth teams. There is no coincidence we have scored 21 goals across our first two home games. Our next two fixtures are at home against Sheffield and Durham, hopefully we will have even more people come down to support and experience Futsal at University of Nottingham Futsal.”