It's the last day release of 2016!
This evening is our last day release of 2016! Every Thursday, throughout the school terms, the under-14, under-15 and under-16 players who attend the Bury FC Academy come to Carrington to train, and it’s a rather intense evening.
The lads arrive at 1:30pm and have training session number one out of two between 2pm and 4pm. This training session tends to be a tactical session, spending time on the ball.
At 4:15pm, the players have their tea which is provided by the Carrington catering staff as it’s important that the boys have the right amount of protein and carbs in-between their sessions to keep their energy levels up. Therefore, the menu usually consists of chicken curry, pasta with meatballs or chicken fajitas.
After tea, the groups spilt. The under-14’s go back out to their second training session from 5-6pm. This is then followed by 1 hour and 15 minutes of education and, finally, finishing off with a session in the gym between 7:30pm and 8:15pm.
The under-15’s and under-16’s have their hour and a quarter of education first; followed by a 45 minute gym session before going back out for their second training session between 7pm and 9pm. The second training session, that the players have, focuses on play organisation; this could be attacking play, individual defending or creativity in the middle third. The gym sessions are taken by the Academy Sports Scientist, Jamie Hesketh. Jamie creates individual plans for the players which they have to undergo in order to develop.
However, it’s not all about the sport. The hour and a quarter of education, in the classroom, is just as important. All Academy players have a Bury FC diary, in which to record the work they will miss from school on Thursday afternoons. This work is undertaken in the designated classrooms and monitored by the club’s Education Tutor, Brian Rigby. The diaries are signed off by Brian to let the school know if all the work set for the boys has been completed properly.
It’s important that the players attend every day release as it puts them in a professional football working environment, which is good preparation for if and when they get offered a Youth scholarship. They also get to use the facilities and tools at Carrington, all of which the scholars and First team use on a daily basis as well as getting to know the building, facilities and expectations. They begin to develop relationships with coaching staff who, again, if they sign for a scholarship, they will be working with on a daily basis.
The day release returns, following the Christmas and New Year break on Thursday 12th January and runs for a total of 13 weeks, finishing on Thursday 6th April.
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