Doncaster Rovers Belles launched themselves into an army-style assault course as they prepare for combat in the new FA Women’s Super League, writes Paul Goodwin.
Boss John Buckley took his team to Doncaster Motor Park in Finningley where his new-look squad were put through their paces by former military captain and fitness guru Jon Reynolds.
And he reckons the army experience will help his girls fire on all cylinders when the new semi-professional summer league kicks off in April.
Buckley said: “It was a great event and the girls really enjoyed themselves even though they were made to work very hard.
“It wasn’t just a physical test and a straightforward assault course.
“The girls really had to think about what they were doing and help each other along the way, which was great for team bonding.
“Team spirit will be a big thing for us this season and because we’ve brought quite a few new players into the club it was a fantastic way of getting everyone to work together.
“Now we’ve got to transfer that onto the pitch.”
The Belles teamed up with JR Fitness boss Reynolds for the boot camp, which started at 6am and saw the players restricted to rationed food supplies!
The squad will step up their fitness work over the next fortnight before embarking on a pre-season programme including games with local rivals Rotherham and Glasgow City Ladies.
Doncaster begin their Super League campaign on April 14 at Lincoln Ladies.
n Midfielders Amy Vaughan and Emma Johnson left the Belles last week to join Premier League sides Sunderland and Blackburn Rovers respectively.