The Worthing College Academy of Sport prepared for another exciting, yet challenging season with their intense pre season programme this week. All five squads were in to partake in training sessions and classroom based sessions designed to prepare all players for the season ahead. Training sessions were based upon technique, tactical awareness, game intelligence and fitness testing. In the classroom players were introduced to the Gamebreaker match analysis programme that is used at the College as well as nutritional and sports psychology advice. The emergency services also put on a safe drive stay alive session, which highlighted the risks that come with being on the road.
Academy Manager Tina Price heralded the importance of the practical and theoretical mix of the week “Its really important for us at the College to ensure that our students are prepared for the tough season ahead. Some of these players are not used to training and playing three times a week and at the level they play at we want to make sure that they are educated in how to look after themselves and therefore give themselves the best chance to develop not only as sports performers, but academically also. Students are made aware that if their academic side of things is not taken care of the privilege of training and playing is taken away and this for me is a vital part of this programme. At the Academy we have unfortunately had a few members involved in serious traffic accidents, so again the safe drive stay alive sessions are an important part of the students education.”
For the fourth year the Worthing College Academy of Sport have teamed up with the Chestnut Tree House as their official charity and the students were spoken to during the week about the House and the great work it does with extremely sick young people. “Our students are extremely privileged, so its only right that they give back to the community and that is why we have this link with the Chestnut Tree. Students will be partaking in our annual pier to pier walk where money raised will go straight to this very worthy cause” Price explained.
As for each squad they were extremely productive during this week to make sure that players will hit the ground running come their first sets of matches in September. The Women’s Football Programme has a very successful week, but coach Mike Bridges had already had the squad training with Brighton & Hove Albion during July and August, making the following reflections upon the week. “The week for us went extremely well. The girls attitudes and work rate has been first rate. On Wednesday we went to Gillingham to play their reserves, who play in the top reserve league in the country and to come away 4-3 winners shows how quickly they are developing in such a short space of time, which makes for a promising year ahead.”
Men’s Football Programme Coach Dave Hall is also excited about the year ahead when saying “The boys have put in a lot of work this week and are willing to learn, which is a great trait to have and one that will only make them into better players in the future. Early August and Pre Season training has gone well and the training games in particular have been very competitive, which will give me many nice selection headaches before the first game on September 12th. For me its all about player development and if this squad of players continue to perform the way they have been then potentially this season we could hold our own again at National League level and progress in both County Cup competitions.” The Men’s squad also had a pre season friendly against on Old Academy XI at Wick FC on Friday night. The match ended 2-2 with Stephen Herbert giving the New squad a 2 goal advantage before a Lee Mottershead strike and an own goal took the game to penalties, which the new squad ended up being 4-2 victors.
The Netball Programme had a positive training week with coach Tina Price looking forward to a developmental year. “The girls have been great this week and have looked to gel as a squad extremely quickly. This was extremely apparent during the fitness testing where all girls were encouraged to work their hardest. There will be tough times ahead, but if the girls take the advice on board that is given both game and fitness wise they will have a positive season.”
Rugby Programme coach Ben Coulson describes pre season week as setting the “building blocks” in place for the season ahead with all players looking to develop upon their current level of abilities. “Training has been tough for the boys this week. They have been certainly put through their paces, especially around the track and at Goring Gap during their beach run sessions. I’ve also been pleased with their application during the technical sessions and if they continue with this attitude the players will develop, which is what the Academy of Sport is all about, improving player performance and game understanding.”
Last year the Basketball Programme learnt a lot of lessons from their year at the top National level in College Basketball, which coach James Brame feels will put them in good stead for the season ahead. “These guys have come a long way in such a short space of time. The training sessions at Durrington High School have been intense and if the hard work on the training court goes into game time, then these players should be proud of their efforts and will come away with performances to match.”
The Worthing College Academy of Sport play their fixtures on Wednesday afternoons. To see weekly fixtures and match reports please visit the Academy of Sport blog that can be found on http://www.worthingcollegeacademyofsport.com/
Also if you are interested about being apart of the programme next year please visit the College Open Evenings on October 22nd or 23rd. For more information you can contact the College on 01903 243389 or firstname.lastname@example.org