Academy Visit The Swans

WITH wounds licked and video reviews undertaken, Tuesday was a fresh start with the squad taking the next step in learning the lessons of the match with St George, writes Neil Kilshaw.

We were the fortunate guests of Peter Berbakov and the Sydney Swans (AFL) at the SCG and with an early 7am start, we found ourselves undertaking some ball handling, kicking and catching sessions – coaches included!

The Swans are a leading name in the sporting world for their culture and ruthless approach to success and our visit enabled the coaches and players to experience some fresh ideas towards handling, kicking and catching.

As usual, the coaches’ competitive streaks kicked in with Martyn, Talbot and myself revelling in the kicking practice!

After the session, the squad toured the excellent SCG facilities and heard how the Swans have gained success through developing a strong player driven culture, which has developed over the last 11 years.

As ever the kids’ questions never let us down!

Olly Davies was amongst a crowd of confused faces over the Swans’ altitude chamber.

Egged on by his mates, who desperately didn’t want to ask just in case, Olly asked, whilst looking at the scenic ocean view: “Is Sydney at altitude or sea level?”

Not content with Mully’s response and description about the high belts of South Africa he continued by enquiring if the Lake District was at altitude…

To finish the day the lads had their final training session before Game Two with Central Coast on Wednesday evening.

They did well and are determined to show their true ability and put to rest some frustrations from St George.

The match will kick off at 6.30pm local time (8.30am British time) at Wyong Leagues Club.

To find out more on the Academy Tour, click here.

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