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U23s Put To The Test By RAF

Development squad given RAF work-out as part of pre-season preparation

2 August 2018

Players and coaching staff from the Clarets’ under-23 squad spent a day at RAF Shawbury as part of their pre-season training camp.

The group, based for the week at the National Sports Centre at Lilleshall, completed a series of team building exercises at the base in north Shrophshire. 

The players were put through their paces by personnel from the Physical Education Flight at the unit, led by Corporal Dave Webb. 

Dave, who is a current RAF Senior Representative Team player as well as a UK Armed Forces player said: “This was an excellent day spent with the Burnley squad. 

“It is always an excellent training session for the Physical Education Instructors at the unit to be able to interact with professional sportsmen from all areas.

“But, as a footballer myself, linking to a Premiership squad was great fun.”

The itinerary included a physical exercise session, top ropes, and floor leadership exercises, with the squad also given a tour of the facilities and a brief on RAF Sport.

The relationship with the unit came through Matt Williams, the Clarets’ Head of Football Operations who was previously Chief Executive at nearby Shrewsbury Town. 

Also linking the team to the RAF is under-23s coach Michael Duff, whose father is Warrant Officer (Retired) John Duff, who, up until his recent retirement, was the RAF Football Association Football Development Officer.

The event also provided an excellent link to the RAF in its 100TH Anniversary year, perfectly linking with youth and sports activities.

The Clarets round off their week away with a warm-up game against Wolves at the West Midlanders' training ground on Friday. 

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