Wolves knock-out training session
Warrington Wolves first team took a ringside seat at Hatton Academy, Manchester, as the business end of the Super League year approaches.
The Academy is the brainchild of former professional boxer Ricky Hatton and is the number one boxing training provider in the UK, teaching the skills used by boxers to exercise, educate and improve fitness.
The Wolves' training session included a warm-up, shadow boxing drills, pad work, footwork drills and cardio tests; some of the squad also challenged themselves with a couple of short sparring rounds to conclude the session.
Wolves' head of coaching and rugby Tony Smith said: "It was a tough session; we got put through the mill by one of the trainers. It was a first-class facility and very professional. I think the players took away some valuable lessons about the toughness of the sport and some of the adversities boxers have to go through and the honesty of facing up to your opponents. They went through a lot of the training and fitness drills as well as applying a little bit of it with each other. It's a very disciplined sport. The players enjoyed it but it was hard work at the same time."
Jon Eade, Training & Education Director at Hatton Academy, added: "It was great to have the Warrington Wolves training with us, a very professional set up and first class attitude to different training methods.
"It's fantastic to see how different professional athletes adapt to different forms of training and the lads did a great job. Not sure I would recommend a switch from the rugby pitch to a boxing ring though."
Utility player Simon Grix said: "It was nice to get away from the day-to-day stuff for a change. Boxing is different in that it's one-on-one, not a team environment, but the work ethic remains the same. These days are always good as it refreshes your mind doing a different type of activity. There was a bit of boxing, technique and some sparring. There were a few sights in the ring at the end."
Karl Fitzpatrick, Wolves' football manager, concluded: "Following on from our session at Manchester Utd, this again was a world-class environment. Jon put the players through their paces as well as giving an insight into what life is like as a boxer. The players learned new techniques and then had the opportunity to put into practice their new-found boxing skills. The sparring at the end was quite entertaining but fair play to all the players who got in the ring, it takes a lot of bottle to do so. I'd like to pass on our sincere thanks to Jon and Ricky Hatton for hosting this fantastic session. We look forward to welcoming them down to the Wolves."
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01, Sep, 2013