Youth Training Camp: Slovenia / Day Tw0

20th Jul 2011

The youth team training camp is well underway and today Fisayo Adarabioyo and Kortney Hause provide the highlights from day two.

Day Two

To commence the day we began with a early morning run, with an unsual site for us; seeing a snake on the side of the road. The lads felt this experience was refreshing and a good change to the fitness routine in Birmingham.

An hour after breakfast we walked to the training pitches not far from our hotel. During the training session we practiced many aspects of receiving, retaining and shifting the ball quickly as a team. Our training pitches are built into a fantastic landscape and we appreciated a different but pleasant outlook. The squad felt training was a success because each and everyone one of us learnt from the session. Finally we played an 8v8 game at the end of the session and after sweltering graft the game ended...... 1-1. PENALTIES! Everyone successfully slotted away their penalties against keeper Nick Townsend and Callum Preston until non voluntary Brad Gascoingne, approached the ball gingerly and punched it wide.

Lunch time. We all enjoyed the multi cultural foods provided for us at the hotel.

An hour after lunch we then split into 2 groups consisting of our attacking and defending forces. The defending players firstly had a gym session held by Chris Wright. Whilst the defending force were in the gym, the attacking players had a technical session specifically working on attacking moves and end product in their games (a vital aspect for forward players in the game). Mid way through the sessions the attacking and defending players now swapped activities. This enabled the players to strengthen their bodies in preparation for the upcoming season, also to educate players on things they need to do in regards to their position.

Rest and relaxation. After a long, determined but beneficial day all players went back to their rooms to relax or could pop to the local shop.

Later that evening, bright spark Phil Robinson (Head of Academy Recruitment) had an idea for a golf challenge. Simply, the closest to the pin wins. Each participant was given one practice swing then two attempts of the challenge. Sam Westley, stepped up first. After a respectful practice swing, he woefully swung two trickling shots. After a series of fairly abysmal attempts, the worst was yet to come. Confident welsh ‘wizard’ Leon ‘Rooney’ Newell came forward. Leon steadily set his feet and grip ‘correctly’. Newell then swiftly swung backwards before applying all his Welsh might into his disgusting forward air short. That’s not all…. After missing the ball on his first attempt, butter fingers Newell’s club slipped from his grasp in his second, and flew through the air, landing further than the golf ball. Calm and collective physiotherapist Carl, swung his club gracefully hitting his first ball the closest to the pin.  The day was all round success and all the lads enjoyed it thoroughly.


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