On the 17th November, the Great Britain Swans spent the day training at the University of Wolverhampton. The side worked on match tactics and drills and also enjoyed a classroom session reviewing the team’s three-year plan (2017-2020) and looking ahead to the 2019 European Championships and beyond.
They also performed some baselines fitness assessments in order to measure key footballing stats including speed, stamina and vertical leap.
“It was a fantastic day,” says GB Swans Head Coach Ian Mitchell. “There were some new girls from the University of Birmingham as well as from South Wales who are featuring in the inaugural National University League (NUL) which was great to see, as well as plenty of familiar faces.
“That said, there were only four girls present who played at the 2017 AFL International Cup in Melbourne, perhaps highlighting a changing of the guard in British women’s football.”
Meanwhile, GB captain Laura Turner-Ramadan praised the quality of the facilities at the University of Wolverhampton.
“The facilities were really high quality and the stats that we measured replicate those used in the AFLW. The squad have set some good markers as a baseline.”
The squad will return to the University of Wolverhampton in the New Year for another training session on the 19th January.
“It’s going to be a tough couple of months of fitness training over the Christmas period!” said Turner-Ramadan.
Check out some photos from the day in the gallery below: