Wolves United in Training
Warrington Wolves took their training to a top-flight facility last week when they visited the A-on Training Complex in Carrington.
The team were put through their paces at the academy training facilities of Manchester United, testing their footballing abilities as well as facing different skills and fitness drills.
The visit included a tour of the facilities and provided the players with an insight into a different sporting environment.
Wolves' player welfare officer Karl Fitzpatrick said: "Manchester United are one of the biggest sporting organisations in the world so to be given an intimate insight into how they operate was pretty special. Although we are two different sports the respect shown for each other and each sport was evident. The players thoroughly enjoyed the day and it gave them the chance to sample a different sport. We would like to thank Warren and all the Man Utd staff for a fantastic day and hope to see them over at Warrington Wolves in the near future."
Micky Higham added: "The visit was really interesting as it was good to see how another sport works especially one of the biggest in the world. It's good to try something different because it keeps you fresh and breaks up the normal routine. We are always looking for ways to improve ourselves."
Warren Joyce, Manchester United reserve team manager, commented: "It was great when I heard that Warrington Wolves were looking to come to the A-on Training Complex and was something we agreed straight away. You can see from the commitment of the management and players as to why the team is at the top of their game currently. They were committed to every session they took part in and applied themselves really well and it was a pleasure for me to be able to take a session with them. I wish the Wolves good luck for the rest of the season in both the Challenge Cup and Super League and hopefully they will be back at Old Trafford for the Grand Final."
Re-iterating his fellow teammate Garreth Carvell summed up the full experience.
"The training we took part in was incredible and really gave us a view into how footballers train on a daily basis; the fitness levels of the guys must be unbelievable as most of us were blowing a little after the warm up!
"The session included a whole host of skill drills at which we were absolutely useless...The whole day was fun and we finished off with a game of five-a-side. The losers had a 20 minute core and press-up circuit which wasn't much fun.
"It's great to break up our training with visits such as this. It really gives you a boost and keeps everyone fresh and focused.
"The facilities were second to none; anything that could be needed was there and the whole set up was ultra professional. We as a group have nothing but respect for fellow sportsmen. The way the facility was run by the staff makes you realise why Manchester United are arguably the biggest club in the world.
"Thank you to all the coaches who took time out to train us. Apart from the press-ups it was a fantastic day."
25, Jul, 2013