BLUES HEAD TO BELFAST
Bedford Blues have started the second phase of their pre-season by heading off to Belfast for a four day training camp.
It was a 6am start for the Blues players and coaches today (Thursday) as they set off for Heathrow Airport before jetting off to Northern Ireland where they will be put through their paces across the long weekend.
After arriving at George Best Airport, the squad had no time for sightseeing as they made their way to Belfast Harlequins RFC to crack on with the first training session of the trip. After a quick bite to eat, it was onto the training pitch as the coaching staff put the players through the training regime.
Thursday evening sees the squad hold the first in a series of planning meetings ahead of the new season before lights out for an early night.
The Blues head onto the training pitch after breakfast on Friday to put in another solid session before a bit of light relief in the afternoon with a team building exercise which will test all of the squads attributes.
Defence training and the ominous sounding ‘cage’ awaits the players on Saturday morning and those that survive will finally get the chance to see the sights with a trip north to take in the Giants Causeway and other delights before heading home the following morning.
Speaking about the trip, Blues Director of Rugby Mike Rayer said: “The training and team bonding trip has become something that the squad always looks forward to and we’ve had some great ones in the past with woodland expeditions in Norfolk, raft building in Nottingham and the trip to the South of France a couple of years ago.
“We decided at the end of last season that Northern Ireland would be a great place to visit and we are extremely grateful to Belfast Harlequins for allowing us the use of their facilities during our stay.
“All of the coaches have come together to plan a very tough training camp which will also have some fun and lighter moments to enjoy, but the lads are under no illusion that this camp will form a substantial element to Championship and pre-season preparation.
“We are into the final month of pre-season and following the trip to Belfast we have a first hit against Old Albanians, who will be coming to Goldington Road to cause an upset. I want to see a big performance from the squad on the night to put us in good stead for the season ahead and give supporters something to cheer.”
Tickets for the game against Old Albanians cost just £5 for adults and are free for children. Visit www.bedfordrugby.co.uk for details, where tickets can now also be purchased.
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