Following a senior management meeting this afternoon, it’s been agreed following the government’s announcement on the COVID-19 pandemic, and in line with the school closures, that all Academy training sessions will cease after tonight’s (Friday, March 20) sessions. The Venue will also close as from tomorrow for all external customers, and all of the TNS FC Foundation’s activities within the community will not continue until further notice.
Speaking earlier today with Jason Brindley, the Head Of Academy, he had the following to say concerning the present situation:
“Firstly, I would like to thank parents for their support over the past few weeks, in these uncertain times.
We were happy to run smaller contacts for players, in line with government advice, in order to have a bit of normality for players. Feedback from parents has been extremely positive.
However, with schools closing, we feel the best policy would to go into shut-down for the time being, for the safety of players and families. We have been preparing for this worst case scenario over the past couple of weeks, so have been busy developing our homework programme.
Players will receive weekly plans that they can practice in their own time at home. They will still receive support from coaching staff, via video links and active communication, regarding their progress.
Their homework tasks will be varied over the 4 corners, with technical sessions, HIIT physical work-outs, tactical analysis and observations and also psychological workbooks.
We feel it’s important to continue to develop and support our players, and the programme we have created will continue to challenge them, and is something we can continue to develop and include into our next programme.
I would like to finish by wishing every one well. Stay safe. Hopefully we will be back up to normality in the near future.”
In addition, Chris Seargeant, the Head Of Coaching, issued the following statement:
“With the new structure in Wales and the introduction of The Welsh Way moves, in addition to our new Skill Acquisition programme, we have seen huge improvements in the Academy throughout the season.
Therefore, with our players at the forefront of our mind, we have spent a lot of time over the last few weeks putting the online content together in preparation for any potential shutdown, to ensure our players’ technical development is not effected.
As long as it is safe for them to stay active, even in these testing times we will continue to provide them with all the support they need in terms of sessions, videos and other online work to keep them engaged and remain positive under difficult circumstances”
As both the above comments make reference to, recognising that there is scope for the ongoing development of the players, the Academy staff and coaches have put together a programme that each individual can follow in their own ‘space’. There is an example of that below.
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