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Bank Holiday Monday in the sun

Spirits were certainly high on Bank Holiday Monday as City’s first team squad returned to training at a sun-drenched Failand. 

It was the Robins’ first experience of training since being given the green light by the English Football League’s Return to Training Protocol following the COVID-19 lockdown. 

The small group training saw players undertake plenty of ball work as well as fitness conditioning - all of which was performed while adhering to social distancing protocols. There was a maximum of five players per group. 

In line with Government guidance, the club have put in place stringent COVID-19 training ground procedures to protect players, staff and their families.

Here’s how it happened on Day One:

TIME TO WORK 

Players entered at Failand at staggered arrival times to ensure social distancing, parking in designated and appropriately distanced parking spaces. 

Players and staff arrived in training kit which they are required to wash themselves at home each day. 

HYGIENE

All players and staff applied an alcohol-based hand sanitiser upon entering and leaving the training ground, while a sanitiser station was also in place down on the pitches. 

PITCH ACCESS

A one-way system to walk to and from the car park to the training pitches was in operation to avoid players coming into close proximity with each other.

TREATMENT

Prior to training, any strappings required by players were talked through by a member of the medical team but players had to administer the strapping themselves. Staff oversaw the application of strappings from a safe social distance. 

PITCH RULES 

A maximum of five players and three coaches were allowed to be on the same pitch at the same time, leaving the greatest distance as possible between them, which was at least two metres. 

Players were split into five groups based on units, with goalkeepers working on an individual basis with Pat Mountain, the club’s goalkeeping coach. Training sessions took place at staggered times throughout the day. 

DISINFECTION OF KIT

All balls and equipment used were thoroughly disinfected before the next group of players took to the training pitch. 

PLAYERS COME EQUIPPED 

Players and staff brought their own water bottles and supplement drinks to each session, along with any protein and food supplements.

IN AND OUT

Once a group finished their session, players had to return to their respective cars immediately and return home, with no car sharing.

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