After receiving clearance and guidance from the FA, the seniors squad have returned to training. Read more about the session and the measures taken to ensure the safety of everyone involved.
It’s been a long three months waiting for the return of football and after the Premier League returned this week, another top class team returned to the pitch. Carefully following the advice provided by the FA, our seniors squad was allowed to begin pre-season preparations.
The guidance from the Government and the FA allowed for fitness and ball work sessions provided that social distancing was adhered to. The advice stated that groups of no more than six could work together and that balls and equipment should be sprayed down after each group had used them. The organisation from the new management team was exceptional and allowed the guidance to be followed with ease. Players were also required to sign a code of conduct form that made them aware of all the rules that were needed to ensure the safety of those involved.
With the groups decided before the session began and circulated amongst players, the squad moved between drills in their respective groups. These included passing and shooting drills, each led by a coach. The drills not only helped the fitness of players but allowed Graham Fletcher and his backroom staff to get across their style of play on their first meeting with the players. This was the first time the new boss had seen his squad in action, albeit in a reduced capacity, since his appointment in April.
Of course, we won’t know when we’ll be allowed to play competitively again, but starting the process of returning to normality was not only excellent preparation for the start of the new season but also provided a morale boost for the players who haven’t been able to play the game we all love for the last three months.