Youngsters prepare for the season ahead
It’s not just the first team whose pre season schedule is well under way.
Many youngsters from our Centre of Excellence are also preparing for the season ahead, as Technical Development Officer Matt Bennett explains.
“We are well underway with our programme, and then boys in the13-16 age group are training one day a week with us as well as a couple of evenings each week.
“The daytime sessions are extremely helpful in that they experience some sessions with our full time members of staff, aided by some of our part time coaches as well.
“It’s also a great opportunity for this group of boys to train alongside, and with, the scholars as it enables them to see what the demands are like at the level they are striving to achieve. In addition, it helps us to look at them and see how they cope with a double training session and how they learn to deal with their recovery from that. It’s been very interesting to see who can handle that and who struggles
“They will also be playing games during the summer against sides from other pro clubs, including Southampton, West Brom and Cardiff as well as county and representative teams.”
Our youngsters in the 8-12 age groups begin their training tonight and will continue to train once each week as well as play one match every week.
“As well as the youngsters whom have joined us, we have also held some days specifically aimed at trial lists for boys between the ages of 11-16. We are always trying to find the best youngsters in the area and these days enable us to determine their level of ability.”
The U-16 side has already been in action as they travelled with the U-18’s to Leyton Orient last Saturday and played against their Orient counterparts, and they are on the road again tomorrow when they travel to take on Stevenage.
“Games such as these means that we are playing teams we wouldn’t normally come up against and it’s good for the boys to face a different challenge and systems they wouldn’t normally encounter.”