Oldham Athletic and Aldershot Town stage pre-season training camps at “first-class” STV

13 July 2017

Oldham Athletic and Aldershot Town have been preparing for the 2017-18 football season by staging pre-season training camps at the University of Bath this week.

Both clubs have been making full use of the facilities at the £30million Sports Training Village, as well as staying in accommodation and eating meals on campus.

The Latics, who play in League 1, trained on the St John’s pitches as well as in the London 2012 Legacy Pool and the Team Bath Gym, while also using the hydrotherapy pool for recovery sessions.

Their visit to the STV coincided with a pre-season friendly at nearby Salisbury FC, which Oldham – managed by John Sheridan – won 3-0.

Latics Chief Executive Mark Moisley said: “We’ve been on the look out for a pre-season training camp and the University of Bath really fits the bill. It has excellent sports facilities and is one of the best in the country.”

Aldershot, who play in the Vanarama National League, trained on the Lime Kiln pitches and also used the STV facilities, including the state-of-the-art Matrix Fitness watt bikes.

Manager Gary Waddock, who used to live in Bath while playing for Bristol Rovers, said: “It’s been a great week and really beneficial. The facilities here are first-class and we have used as many of them as we can.

“As a staff we spoke at the end of last season about how we could take another step forward as a club. Coming here shows the players we are looking to improve what we do.

“This is a perfect environment for athletes and everything has been set up really well, from training through to recovery and the food. The players are working very hard and all of that is important.”

The Shots, who are hoping to return to the Sports Training Village next summer, began their visit to the region with a 2-1 friendly win over AFC Totton.

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