Team Building day for Scholars
It’s been a while since the club trained at the Azimghur Barracks at Colerne, but this week there was a return to the venue for our Academy Youth Team.
Academy Manager Tom Curtis explained the thinking behind the action packed day in Wiltshire.
“One of our Academy coaches, Paul Hughes, is a former staff sergeant at the barracks and happened to mention that he could organise some team building activities for our scholars.
“It turned out to be a fantastic day, with the morning being taken up with PT and Drill sessions, wrestling and team building activities, and a march around the parade ground under the watchful eye of a pretty scary Prov sergeant. After lunch we did some live ammo firing which was a bit frightening.
“I have to say that we all got a lot out of the day and I would like to thank everyone at the barracks for being so welcoming. It was great for us.
“Our squad consists of a number of very young players and with a number of new faces, in the shape of the first year scholars, it was important that everyone got to know each other and to learn how to work as a team.
“I think the cornerstone of our success last season was team work and we really want to reinforce that to the boys early on this season because not only is it important in our team, but throughout professional football.
“These boys are at a stage where we are able to provide an environment which mirrors that of the first team, so if they are called into the first team squad then they need to know how to work as a team and be part of a competitive environment.”
They might only just have returned to training, but the boys face their first preseason friendly next Friday.
“This has been an induction week, really, as there has been a lot of organising to do in terms of accommodation, travel and education for the boys. We have done a little bit of physical training, though most of the work has centred on team building activities. Next week, though, we will crack on with the technical stuff.
“We have a game against Walsall next Friday, when I am hoping to give most of the lads half a game, so we are straight into things starting on Monday.