Published on October 29, 2013 | by Ivan Badev0
Training boost to improve UAL football
University of the Arts men’s football players are being offered a second training session each week to help them improve.
The additional session takes place at Kennington Park every Monday 6pm-7 pm, in addition to the already established Sunday two-hour session at Burgess Park.
The Monday session, due to the limited pitch time, will be specifically for the group of players who have made it to the squads.
The teams playing in the Wednesday games will have a further opportunity to work on their game and tactics and get used to playing with each other, as there are many newcomers to all three teams.
Football society president Otis Baxter-Wright is delighted with the initiative: “The first thing the board (Oliver Woodbridge, Jamie Ford, Frankie Hullett and I) identified was that training needed to be more organised.”
“Last season it was a mess. Poor sessions combined with low numbers cost the club dear on the pitch.”
“After speaking to several other established presidents, I realised how important and fundamental training is to a team. It is where players bond and squads are established.”
“I have to say as a president, I have a brilliant vice-president in Ollie Woodbridge. He does a lot of work behind the scenes. He organised trials at Battersea Park, which was a huge success. Despite getting injured his enthusiasm has not dropped an inch.”
“We are keen for the long Sunday session as it allows us the perfect pre-match preparation and the chance for people to meet. By training twice, on Sunday we can have fitness and a big kick about, pick the squads for the following week and then have a specific training on the Monday for selected players” continued Baxter-Wright.
“I realised how important and fundamental training is to a team. It is where players bond and squads are established.”
Speaking about the organisation so far, the president highlighted the support they have had so far from UAL’s sports development coordinator Faye Dixey: “Faye – she has been fantastic, she is the fifth member of the board. She has installed trust, and we’re willing to give it back.”
Meanwhile, vice-president Woodbridge has also expressed his opinion on the importance of the second training session: “We had a commitment to our players when we started the season to improve every aspect of Arts FC and that starts on the pitch.
“A second training session is vital in allowing the guys the opportunity to put the hard work in and improve their game as individuals and more importantly as a collective.”