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Emma Jolliffe


Posted Thursday, November 1st 2018

City first team coaches train young Robins on Academy visit

City's first team players may have been on their day off but head coach Lee Johnson and assistant Jamie McAllister were helping to develop the Robins of the future.

The pair headed to City’s Academy to talk to staff and young players, including holding training sessions for Under-11s and Under-13s.

Johnson told the Under-11s he would be taking them through some of the same drills and sessions that the likes of Academy products Lloyd Kelly and Joe Morrell participate in at their Failand training ground.

McAllister took the Under-13s, who concentrated on working as a team, communicating with each other and the importance of vocal encouragement. The same team will be facing Chelsea in their National Cup tie in the coming weeks.

Despite the cold weather, the young players trained well and were rewarded with high fives all round and a Q&A

Johnson, who spoke openly with the boys about life as a professional footballer and his experiences with Cambridge United and Arsenal academies, said: “It’s good for us to come down and talk about player development and to support the great work of the Academy.

"These players are the future of Bristol City and we want to ensure that the attitude and ethos is the same across the whole club, from first team down to the youngest Academy group.”