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Andy Johnson on home training

24 March 2020

Andy Johnson provides an insight into Town's stay at home training plan.

As per Government advice, the Shrewsbury Town squad and Management team have all been instructed to work from home due to the Coronavirus outbreak.

Despite barriers and constraints to overcome, the Salop squad have all received individualised fitness plans to follow in order to return to football as fit as possible.

Shrews Fitness Coach Andy Johnson is confident the Town squad can continue working towards a return to full-time training in good shape.

"We are judging things day by day really," said Andy. “I am constantly speaking to the key decision-makers at the club and we are making calls to keep everything within Government and EFL guidelines.

"As they are adapting, so are we. We originally decided to take a small winter break because of the number of games we have played. We are now trying to get some work into the lads within the recent restrictions.

"The whole squad have individual programmes to follow. We have tried to give everyone a little bit of what they need really.  There are different layers to it and we are still trying to give everyone what they need as much as we can from a distance.

"They can all stay within social distancing whilst doing their work. We have reiterated to the players that they have a responsibility to their families and everyone they are going to be around at home - that is the priority over the work. This is a difficult time but we are trying to make it work for everyone. First a foremost, we want the players to be comfortable with the work they have and what we are asking of them.

"All of the runs and cycles that the lads are doing are all recorded on Strava. You might be able to find your favourite player on that app and see what kind of work they are doing. If you are a keen runner, you can have a go at beating their times.

"It's really hard to mimic the needs of the game at this stage. The EFL will need to give us time for us to re-introduce the lads to training before we go into games. The teams that look after themselves the best at this point will have the best chances of coming back and performing well."

Despite social distancing and isolation, Town's management team have devised a plan to keep the Town squad competitive and working hard as a collective team.

Each player will be tasked with running five kilometres as part of a group of four. Each team will collate their results to compete against other members of the Shrews squad.

"We don't want the lads to feel isolated. They are part of a team and what they do matters. Their work is going to be reflected when we are back together as a team. Today, each player will run five kilometres. We have seven members of staff involved with it as well. Everyone has to run a 5K on their own and register their time within their group of four.

"Each group of four will add their times together and we will have winners and losers, maybe we’ll have a little fun punishment for the losers. There will also be penalties if you are beaten by a goalkeeper. I'll also add two minutes onto their time if a member of staff beats them. 

"Town fans, send in your times! Get three of your mates to do 5k each and ping your times over to me on Twitter (@AndyJ0hns0n). Let's see how you fare against the Town squad!”


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