Scholarship calls decide the fate of committed under-16s
THE weather has caused major disruptions to training this past week.
Without having indoor facilities like some clubs, we have had to improvise somewhat and try to keep the lads on their toes and fitness levels up.
One bonus from this weather is that training can be adapted and changed slightly to give a bit of variety to things, like spin class, gym work, or swimming and so on.
The boys have also had their second set of fitness tests done by the Pro Football Support guys, where they are tested on aerobic and anaerobic fitness, strength, power and flexibility.
Our games against Oxford and Bristol Rovers were both called off, due to waterlogged pitches.
Then as things went on pitches became frozen and then yesterday the snow came down to make it a triple whammy this week.
We now don't play again until next Saturday which is against Yeovil away.
A quick word also for youth physio Tommy Cosh who had an unfortunate accident after slipping on the icy ground and will be now out for some while with a broken femur.
He had a successful operation on Wednesday and will now be on crutches for six weeks and out for the season pretty much in terms of being able to run on the pitch.
On Wednesday evening there was the scholarship decision night for the Under-16s.
It is always a difficult night as it's the end of the road for some of the boys.
Out of the 15 lads at that age group, five were given a definite yes and another four were put on a further review until Easter and six were nos.
A main priority for next year is the defence with us only having one centre-half and two full-backs.
So in will come Liam Sheppard, who is a Forest of Dean boy, Callum Craddock from Hereford and left-back Danny Reynolds from Burford to bolster this.
We have also said yes to Jamal Lawrence who is a rapid winger or forward and is a Gloucester boy and Reece Daly who we signed from Aston Villa 18 months ago and is a central midfielder.
The lads on review are Ollie Knight, who is the son of former player and Under-16 coach Keith, Danny Webb, Matt James and Cameron Pirie.
Those that were released were offered the chance to trial for the Futsal scholarship scheme that the club run and the exit trials that happen in February at three venues across the country for those released boys.
I will be at two of these at least to look out for any potential as we have a couple of spaces still available.
A keeper will be a top priority and we would like to obviously thank all the boys for their attitude and efforts over the years at the club and wish them every success in what they do next.