Academy training facility

Indoor facility useful - Dickman

by Stuart Vose

Head of coaching on beating the bad weather.

Elliott Dickman says the new indoor facility at the Academy of Light is coming into its own during the current spell of bad weather.

Dickman, who is head of coaching within the club’s youth set-up, has been making extensive use of the training barn with the outdoor pitches suffering due to the recent cold snap.

The facility was officially opened last month by Sir Trevor Brooking and features the latest in synthetic pitch technology, allowing players to be put through their paces no matter the conditions.

“The indoor is definitely helpful – we’ve spent quite a bit of time in there,” said Dickman, who saw the under-18’s run out 4-1 winners at Wolves last weekend.

“It’s been a blessing for us, absolutely fantastic.

“We’ve had a couple of games in there too with the development squad and I’d imagine we might do something similar this weekend if we can.

“The facility has been fantastic, particularly when the weather is like this.”

The indoor barn is used by players across the club, meaning it’s a constantly busy venue.

“The first team obviously have priority, and then there’s the under-21s, the 18’s and the day release programme,” Dickman added.

“We’ve often trained with the 21’s and 18’s having half a pitch each, which works well.

“We’ve managed to fit everyone in and it’s great.”