Training camp at University of South Wales
Darrell Clarke and his squad arrived at the University of South Wales yesterday morning and were welcomed to the campus by Sports and Development Manager, Steve Savage.
Steve has fond memories of the last time the club used the facilities, 12 years ago, as it was his first year at the University.
“The facilities have improved a great deal since then, and we are delighted to have the club back here again.
“Since then we have developed the site and now have seven grass pitches, 3G pitches, and superb teaching facilities. In addition Cardiff City’s Academy are based on site.”
Not surprisingly, considering what’s on offer, a number of football clubs take advantage of the facilities when they are in the area.
“As you know the Super Cup is being played in Cardiff next month and Seville are going to be based with us before their game against Real Madrid and they will train on the same pitch that Rovers are using this week.
“Over the years a number of teams have trained with us before playing at the Millennium Stadium, including Bolton, Southampton, QPR and Rovers as well, before they played in the JPT final in 2007.”
Steve heads up the University team and runs the football programme at the University.
“Football is a passion of mine and it’s good for me to establish links with a number of professional clubs as well as working with our student team.”
That team includes a number of players with Rovers connections, including former defender Ryan Green.
“I recall seeing him play for Rovers in the play off final in 2007, in front of 60,000 fans, and now he turns out for us in front of about 20 spectators.
“He’s a good lad, though, and plays for us alongside his brother, Clayton. In addition, Kayne McLaggon and Jack McKenna also turn out for us.”
Hopefully this week will provide a platform that Rovers can build on as they plan for their first season of Conference football.
“We aim to ensure that the club gets everything they need during their week with us and hope the next step they take is back into the Football League.”
The full interview with Steve is now available on Gas Player