Youth team spend the day military training
Shrewsbury Town's youngsters were given a glimpse into the military world when they spent a day working with the PTs at RAF Shawbury.
Graham Turner has taken the first team squad to Shawbury for successful training camps during the last two pre-seasons and Wayne Evans, Town's head of youth, was pleased to take the club's scholars to the local air base too.
"We took them to Shawbury and it was just something different for the lads," said Wayne. "It was to make sure they understand what we're looking for, things like team work, and the PTs very good with them.
"It was very interesting. The lads did some climbing in the morning and some games when they had to work together.
"Then in the afternoon they did some more strenuous work so it was good and all of them got through it which was the important thing.
"The biggest thing we're trying to instill in the lads is they have to work hard, whether it's training, playing in games, doing their educational work, even if they're just cleaning the bus, they just have to make sure they do it right."
Wayne added it had been a new type of challenge for the teenagers but he was pleased how they responded.
"We went two years ago with the scholars but it's the first time these lads have been so it was interesting for them," he said.
"They were a little bit wary and some of them were a little bit afraid of heights but they got through it and they worked together which is the important thing.
"It was something different and it took them out of the comfort zone from football training every day."
Town's youngsters are now preparing for their next Youth Alliance match of the season against Macclesfield at the Shrewsbury Sports Village on Saturday (11am) after a mixed start to the season which has seen them in three and lose three of their six matches.