AFC players in fitness testing

FOOTBALL - Pre season training for Sudbury AFC

FOOTBALL - Pre season training for Sudbury AFC

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AFC Sudbury manager David Batch has brought in a specialist fitness coach who has carried out tests in a bid to make them the fittest in the league.

Despite the season not kicking off until August 10, and the Yellows’ first friendly at home to Lowestoft still a week away on Tuesday, the players were in on Saturday, following Tuesday and Thursday sessions.

TRAINING HARD: AFC Sudburys squad are put through their paces on Tuesday night under the guidance of manager David Batch
TRAINING HARD: AFC Sudburys squad are put through their paces on Tuesday night under the guidance of manager David Batch

The group underwent a series of strength and conditioning exercises and have also had their cardiovascular levels assessed.

Despite being one of the oldest players, mostly recently announced signing Ben Thompson, 28, came out top, under the guidance of a specialist fitness coach from Haverhill-based company LMP Training.

Batch said he will have the players, working under individual plans, in again this Saturday, as well as the bi-weekly mid-week sessions, as he bids to learn as much as he can about his new squad.

“Saturday was particularly for testing and strength and conditioning,” said Batch. “This Saturday will be an all-dayer where we will be doing cardiovascular work and other things, such as having lunch together.

FOOTBALL - Pre season training for Sudbury AFC
FOOTBALL - Pre season training for Sudbury AFC

“This is a good way of fast tracking getting to know all the players as soon as I can.”

He also hopes to use the data on individual players in the future to assess how successful the plans have been on them.

Meanwhile, several of last season’s squad have signed new contracts.

Joining James Baker, Sam Clarke and Michael Shinn to be confirmed in next season’s squad are: Alex Archer, Dave Cowley, Andy Fisher, Adam Dalby, Tom Cutts, Ryan Henshaw and Peter Maina.

Deals for Robbie Martin and Leon Antoine have been agreed, but are set to be signed but the new manager is yet to contact Russell Pond.

 

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