Update of week 2 of the Shrimps' pre season preparations with boss Jim Bentley
After prehab the lads went into half mile runs (800m) then into quarter mile runs.
This was followed by 8 a side ballwork with the keepers were involved. It was possession based and to score the lads had to play it into the keepers' hands.
We then went into small sided games, two played whilst the third side were on the outside.
After lunch it was an upper body weights session which was mainly bodyweight
The day started, as always with a prehab session and was then followed by 4 circuits. One was running including twisting and turning, one was passing drills, one was light SAQ (Speed Agility & Quickness) and the other was dribbling and shooting.
More passing drills followed. The players were in two groups and finished off with possession.
The afternoon included ice baths and massage for recovery.
After prehab there were small sided game of 8 vs 8 and then seven minute runs which varied in distance, with 15 seconds running and 15 seconds rest.
Then the lads went back into small sided games followed by another session of seven minute runs.
Afternoon was back in the gym for a lower body weights session with Simon Farnworth.
On Thursday we went on a 2.5 mile fartleck run around Lancaster Universities Woodland trail.
“It’s a great location for us and we have a good relationship with Lancaster University, their training facilities are first class and it's all set up within a fantastic location. We’ve used Lancaster Uni as an alternate training facility for many years and the staff are excellent. We’ve made some good links with the students and some of the players, Ken and myself have taken coaching sessions with the Lancaster Uni team on numerous occasions last season. We’re looking to develop our relationship with the University further.”
In the final half mile there were stations where the players stopped off to carry out bodyweight exercises under the supervision of the coaching staff.
A pool session followed which included stretching, swimming and physical swimsuit work under the guidance of Simon Farnworth.
"Blackpool had given Jack Redshaw the morning off to come in and pick up his belongings and say his goodbyes.
"He was great for us over the past 3 and a half seasons since joining, he’s been a great lad to work with and he’s done great for us. He deserves his chance at the next level and we wish him well in the future.”
Training concentrated on different units of the team. Ken Mckenna worked the back four. I did midfield combination work. Lee Jones and Chris Squirrell took a shooting session with the forwards and goalkeepers.
We then went into small sided games with different conditions, then back into the 7 minute runs performed on Wednesday. We then went back into small sided games followed by another set of 7 minute runs. Each time we do the 7 minute
runs the distance for each group becomes a little bit further.
Saturday started with prehab followed by a full 11 v 11 game on the pitch at The Globe Arena. This was three 20 minute periods and Paul Turner (Groundsman Chesh’s son) kindly came in to referee the game.
I thought the quality was good, the lads tired in the last 20 minutes as the long, hard physical week seemed to catch up with them. We’re pleased with their fitness levels and attitudes. We’ve had one or two little niggles but we’re hoping everyone’ll be fit for the Kendal game at Kendal on Tuesday.
Ged Brannan popped in with his son Tom for his first visit to the Globe Arena to watch the 11-a-side game. Ged's a great lad who did well for this football club and is one of the Wembley heroes. He’s a great friend of mine and Kenny's.”
Ged, who was the first player to be promoted both at the old and new Wembley commented; “Really enjoyed my visit today and seeing how far the club has moved forward.
“The first thing that hit me was how professional the club has gone from the young management team to les the kit man. I have no doubt in my mind the this club is going places and is in the right hands.
I watched the lads in a practice match today and was really impressed with the quality and fitness.
“Come on Morecambe”